“The surface of the earth is soft and impressionable by the feet of men; and so with the paths which the mind travels. How worn and dusty, then, must be the highways of the world, how deep the ruts of our traditions and conformity.”
~ from Walden, Henry David Thoreau
Stop. What is the shape of your thoughts right now?
Are your thoughts, and your mind, positioning “life” as an entity that you are moving towards, always 10 metres in front of you? Trying to “manage it” when it arrives, waiting for the next thing it throws at you? Hoping optimistically that it will be a certain way, and will include certain things and conditions you’ve been waiting for?
Maybe, it’s not like that. Maybe, all the things, experiences, and states that you hope will meet you over there, are all your responsibility, that you have to stop wishing for, and start creating now.
The more you do this, the easier it gets.
Don’t be The Waiting Pig 😉 (this is a great book btw)
As the Beastie Boys so eloquently state:
“dip dip dive, so socialise, open your ears and clean out your eyes,
if you learn to love you’re in for a surprise
it could be nice to be alive”
3 of my favourite Steve Jobs quotes – he gets it:
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
“.. almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”