How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god.
– Alan Watts
As I think about this quote, I wonder who else sees the world in this way. If we really sit back and realize that we are little cells on a spinning rock that orbits around larger rocks in the middle of space, why aren’t we mind blown every day at how beautiful this is? Why don’t we realize that the little problems we may have with our colleagues or friends are absolutely minor? Or that we are blessed with legs that allow us to walk and experience amazing things in life.
Don’t you think existence is really weird? We are meant to go to school, work, get married, have kids, retire, die. Is that all there is? I don’t know about anybody else, but when I realized this was the path that most people were taking, I got extremely uninspired. “Oh, I’m just going to be like everyone else, get proposed to in a special way that has been done millions of times, go on a honeymoon somewhere everyone else has been to, and throw myself under the bus taking care of my family”, this doesn’t seem very exciting to me. Why do we all do this? Is this the normal thing to do? Are we all enjoying this way of life? It seems very mechanical, routine and uninspiring.
Don’t you find it odd that when you’re a child, everyone encourages you to follow your dreams? But when you grow up they laugh if you even try.
– Ethan Hawke
If I asked you if money didn’t matter, would you still be doing the same thing you’re doing now? Why on earth should money be a factor in deciding the path of your life? If your dream is to spray paint cars, wouldn’t you spend the little money you have on supplies and practice every day? You will get noticed for your talent and hired by your portfolio. But instead, you continue to work meaningless jobs and spend your money foolishly in confusion of what your true purpose is.
I’m not necessarily telling you to “live like there is no tomorrow”, but merely to realize you are so special. Do you think the reality of you being here is to work your life away? Will you look back at your life when your 80 and be thankful you were a good employee? Or that you were able to own many things? Don’t you want your life to end knowing you made the most out of every opportunity? Wouldn’t you rather be happy with a job you’re passionate about and a small house with only what you need? Then continue your life with a job you hate that pays well so you can buy material happiness that quickly fades in your cluttered house?
I invite you to think about the many questions I’ve asked you. When you were a child, what did you dream of being when you were older? Have you lived up to your younger self’s expectations? Wouldn’t it be a huge shame to ignore the entire reason why you were put on this earth?
Please, have a cup of tea, set aside ten minutes out of your day to look out of a window and think about all of this.
What gives you passion?
The photos below are from an awesome sunset Jordan and I went on the other day! Skippers Canyon is the scariest road in Queenstown and perhaps all of New Zealand. It’s a pure cliff above and below, and it is absolutely stunning! I love coming to this spot because there is almost never anyone here. I wish it wasn’t so cold over here so I could sit here and meditate for a while. Enjoy my photos, I am so happy with how they turned out!