“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
- Robert Heinlein
it’s the last year of the world! Isn’t that exciting? The world as we know, is supposed to end this year.
What a spectacular opportunity!
This, the last year of our lives. If this means so much, shouldn’t we do something really special? Shouldn’t we embrace every moment as it is now so very precious. When the end is known, it changes everything. Doesn’t it?
Only 525,600 minutes. That’s all you have. It’s all I have. At best, right?
Shouldn’t you and I make the best of those precious minutes?
They’re ticking down right now. If you’ve gotten here, you’ve just used one.
What will YOU do about it?
What will I do about it?
And to think that some of us won’t even get that much. Wouldn’t that make them all the more precious?
When people become aware of their end, they (usually) go through a quick adjustment period, and then they begin to live. Really live. Not wasting those precious moments on the unimportant. Not wasting their time on people and things that waste themselves away.
Life is fleeting, and so very precious. The Universe wants us to live our lives to the fullest.
Sometimes, it takes an innocuous conversation to rekindle interest in things almost forgotten. My good friend Rob has gotten me interested in Minecraft, a new virtual world game where you basically start with nothing, and build your world from there. Looks to be quite interesting, and should be a ton of fun, to boot.
The rekindling has two aspects. One: to start having fun again, which I’ve totally forgotten how to do in the last couple of very stressful years. Two: To become an independent game developer and create a positive passive income business that will pay me comfortably without being forced back into the 60 hour/week rat race I currently run in.
The Having Fun part seems easy enough, but it’s even easier to fall into the daily trap of work/exist, and you forget. I used to have fun almost with everything, and laughed often. Now, When I do laugh, people exclaim that it is so rare. That’s gotta get fixed, and I am doing so. I recently watched a most remarkable National Geographic film titled “Stress, a Killer of the Mind.” We get so used to being chronically stressed all the time, that it is literally killing us. After talking with some co-workers about it, we decide, rightly, that if the lion isn’t about to eat us, it’s not worth stressing over.
So, the lion is not about to eat me. I’m not going to worry about all those things that won’t kill me. You can use analogies to this, saying that “losing my job” would be the same as “the lion ate me” or getting involved in a car accident, etc. But 90% of our self-induced stress comes from within, and I’ve caught myself many times Sweating the Small Stuff to the point of physical illness.
Not anymore. While I still care about things, I am resolved to keep them in their place.
The Indie Game Developer part I’ve dabbled with on and off for some time now. It’s not just the idea(s) that you have, it’s the implementation of them that has stopped me, and many others, from fulfilling their dreams of working independence. I tried to get into the Apple Dev program for the iPhone, and did so, but with too many personal issues over the last few years, that opportunity has been somewhat squandered and I lost my focus. Not anymore. I’ve resolved again to get focused on what I want and where I want to be, and I’m laying out a new plan to get there. And I will.
Just about everything I’ve ever really wanted to do, I have done, though not always on the planned schedule. It’s time for a new schedule, and a focus on getting there.
Thanks for reading.
My baby girl is now 20 years old. I guess that’s a good thing.
I love you, Lauren!
P.S. – Love you too, Ashly, even if it’s not your birthday and you’ve got the flu…
… the next year. Wasn’t sure if we’d make it or not. What I see coming, I’m still not sure…
Stability in life has its merits, for certain. I recently read of a couple that lives in an RV, roaming the Arizona desert in the summer and the Oregon coast in the winter.
A better existence, I’m having a hard time imagining. No debt, chosen scenery, friends and family almost on demand. You can’t own a lot of “stuff” which suits me right to the core. If the internet stays viable and free(ish) then you can connect to almost anything anywhere anytime. If you need it, your job can travel with you.
The stability is in the couple, not the place, or the stuff, or many other things the bulk of humanity considers a “must have.” This is a lesson I have only recently learned, despite a long time in the classroom.
We shall see what the new year brings. I think I’m actually looking forward to it.