“One life, you fuckin’ die. That’s it! You don’t know what’s on the other side and we hope for this, that. We hope for Candy land, but we don’t know. It could be as simple as get in a box and stay there for all fuckin’ eternity. You had your shot, you’re a computer, we shut you down and you’re finished. So, if that’s the case, it behooves you to shoot for your dreams every time…in a world where you’re going to fuckin’ die”
~ Kevin Smith, Director/Artist
The Grizzly bear looking man grasped my hand and almost shook it off. We exchanged pleasantries and he began to reach into my psyche and describe my person. Who I am? The power I possess. My uneasiness from the way my eyes darted from laterally. The power in my body language. The leadership I could possess if only I harnessed my true nature. Remember, this is my first encounter with this man. Eddie is a Lion, not like any I’ve met before. My colleagues were astounded by his accuracy drawing conclusions about them and his wisdom. He spoke of auras and pride, things most people would scoff at. A great many things were spoken between us, but what I ultimately took away was be true to thyself.
I had a discussion with two close friends yesterday about the importance of one of the two honing his expertise and taking hold of his life. I say that with a little trepidation because I, myself, have been pussyfooting over things that must be done. What’s that famous line again? ”Be the change you want to see”. I realized that while helping my friend, I was essentially diagnosing my own shortcomings as well.
Ed the Lion mentioned that to me too. He told me to draft a list and “start scratching those items out”. This would be a blahzhay comment, had I mentioned PCD. I said nothing and he just arbitrarily made that statement. Happenstance? Probably not, sometimes you meet people who are just in tune to their surroundings and the world at large. Once this great Lion breathed those words into existence, I tied my laces, dusted off my shirt and wiped my brow. I was back on the proverbial horse.
I began this very blog and struggled for the correct words to articulate my thoughts. It would seem firing without momentum leads to stagnation and I almost began the same cycle that has had me procrastinating to great effect. Note: if this sounds like you, get up off your ass!!! I thought back to our conversation about being true to who you are and not trying to change yourself or anyone else to tailor them to you. The great Lion, Ed, told me that many great things are before you, if you’re willing to experience slight discomfort for greater gain. So, I pondered, “am I chasing whimsies?”
Wise words, right?! Enter Joe Rogan, an unusual segue, I know. Joe, widely known for his UFC commentary, Fear Factor reality show and a very memorable Dave Chappelle skit. To most people, he’s regarded as a douche with no substance or backing for such a name. People for whatever reason like to point their finger and say this person is that. It’s a societal thing, it’s comforting to place people in categories because it helps us define our own superiority on some fictitious rating scale. I digress, Joe has some truly insightful vignettes where he speaks on many topics from relationships to the errs in our school system to our materialistic nature. Some of my favourites:
His candor is refreshing, especially since I never foresaw such insight from this medium. These discussions that my girlfriend defines as “people talking” (hahaha) have become my salvation in unfamiliar surroundings. This is absolutely necessary, muses and motivation and enlightened. Everyone should seek to be true to thyself. Baby B and I would speak for hours about the importance of freeing yourself from mental constructs, most of which are self designed. For most of my readers to this is already trampled ground, but it holds true. It is imperative to follow your dreams, surround yourself with positivity and continue to grow.
With my newfound insight, I wrote this and signed up for hot yoga classes. An item on my list and a necessary evil to conquer the soreness from years of playing sports. Next on the docket, salsa lessons. There is nothing gained from not trying and if you don’t succeed, even in failure you’ll grow and attain wisdom. Remember, you may not be a unique snowflake, but you are somebody, not just a cog in a system of gears.
Be true to thyself.
Carpe Diem Que