Oh, I’m Out There Jerry. And I’m Loving Every Minute Of It.
Have a goal. Big, small.. Who cares. Wake up everyday with motivation, and fall asleep with a smile and a sense of satisfaction. Be at peace with yourself, and trust your journey. Live your life to the fullest, every single second of it. And never ever doubt what you’re made of.
In the past three months, I’ve been fortunate enough to be propelled both voluntarily and involuntarily into a variety of scenarios, both good and bad, that have given me a great deal of perspective on what I believe to be some of the most fundamental structures of human nature, life, relationships with yourself, with your family, your friends and if you’re lucky, someone who takes your breath away. I still have an unbelievable amount of things that I want and need to learn, and am constantly humbled by my daily pit falls that either turn into comical anecdotes or an opportunity to grow. To provide you with an example: I lost my car in a parking lot for 40 minutes while doing groceries this past weekend, to the point where I legtimately questioned my own sanity/whether or not I had suffered a minor stroke.. I was the quintissential Derek Zoolander, aimlessly wandering around a Loblaws parking lot, reaching out to God in an attempt to figure out who I was. Four panic stricken phone calls to my immediate family and friends, and roughly 21 full laps of the entire parking lot later, and I was able to locate what had been deemed, my “stolen” vehicle. To say that it was a production, would be a slight understatement. I can actually feel you judging me through the screen. Anyone who knows me is likely rolling their eyes, as this is not the first time that I’ve had a completely unnecessary drama involving my vehicle (a moment of silence in hopes that it’s at least mildly endearing). The point is, I will be the first one to point out my flaws. Ultimately, I think that this is one of the most intrinsic things to get a handle on in order to self evaluate, improve and evolve into a better version of yourself; laugh at yourself, learn from your mistakes and stop taking life so seriously. To circle back to my original point, here are some of the introspective, golden pieces of Baritte sized wisdom that I’ve come up with so far… Will these truth bombs change in a week, a month or a year from now?… Probably. So stay tuned.
A Healthy Serving Of Truth
As a rule of thumb, I truly believe that passion changes absolutely everything. Always be ambitious, but not thirsty. Believe me, there’s a palpable difference. Get out there, do your thing, and do it unapologetically. One thing I’ve come face to face with is that too many people are satisfied with settling for mediocrity; crappy books, bad coffee, and can I just say, if you don’t like anything on the menu.. leave the damn restaurant – both figuratively and literally. Wake up every day with gratitude and the belief that you have the power to change your life – think of it as a really complicated version of those “choose your own adventure” books, less the fire breathing dragons. Don’t ever stop smiling, even if it’s hard; It will draw the right people in, and force the wrong ones out. I’m going to come right out and say it, in the most basic terms, Maya Angelou hit the nail right on the head when she said that you shouldn’t go through life wearing a catcher’s mitt on both hands, you need to be able to throw something back. This is applicable to literally every conceivable scenario that you’ll face in life. The minute you start expecting to take more than you give within any situation, sound the alarm.. you’re doing it wrong. Never ever stop giving; love, warmth, happiness, and gratitude.
Too often we underestimate the power of touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smaller acts of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Moreover, If you go into a situation with an open heart and an open mind, it’s extremely difficult to make the wrong decision. Be happy, because while everything in life is complicated, you’re still doing fine. How others see you, and also how they make you feel, actually says a lot about them – so be mindful. If you’re questioning whether or not you can trust somebody, generally speaking, the best way to find out is by simply trusting them. And if you can’t, be someone who has an understanding and forgiving heart.. leave them better than you found them. Make mistakes. Sometimes life gives you a second chance to get it right.
Last but not least.. you really, truly can tell a lot about a person by how they handle the following three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights. I have seen it, lived it and bought the t shirt… pure unadulterated truth.
Feel The Fear, And Do It Anyway
An amazing thing happens when you are honest with yourself and start doing what you love, and what truly makes you happy. Your life stops moving at an uncontrollably high speed – you stop accidentally wishing your life away.. no more waiting for the weekend, a better job, a better circumstance.. You stop merely looking forward to the next best thing. You start to enjoy each moment for what it is, each person for what they bring into your life, and the enormous wave of moments that fill up each and every day. You move fluidly and steadily without anticipating the next moment to be of greater value than the present one. With this sense of peace and contentment, comes new perspective. Namaste, kitties.
To Each & Every Person That’s Challenged Me, Loved Me, or Passed In & Out of My Life: Thank You.
I hope you have the guts to speak up about something that’s important to you. I hope that you sing loudly, and for no reason – even if people tell you that you can’t. And in fact, especially then, that’s when I hope you’ll sing the loudest. I hope you stop beating yourself up about everything that’s out of your control. I hope you fall insanely in love with someone unexpected. I hope that you forget about your troubles, and learn to be completely, and totally free.. And more importantly, happy.