This post is about creating the future you burn for. It’s about living from your heart, instead of just tiptoeing along with the status quo.
Personal evolution is a funny thing. Like…
Road Rage and the Jesus Fish Guy
Today I saw a woman with a big “Om” sign and a Namaste sticker on her car brazenly cut someone off with the vehicular swagger of a coked-out outlaw being chased by the cops.
It was even more impressive than the time the guy with a giant Jesus fish on his truck assaulted me with the middle finger of hate for doing 35 mph in a 35 mph zone. I wonder if he ever forgave me for safely driving the recommended speed limit.
I recently heard the reason people go so crazy in their cars is that our human bodies aren’t used to traveling at 60 miles an hour. The logic is that since it’s only been for the last 100 or so years in human history that we’ve moved around at this rate of speed, we simply haven’t evolved to the point of adaptation yet.
So when we travel in machines that take us faster than we can run as Homo sapiens, we’re in a sort of hyper-reactive state of stress, and even the smallest little thing can make some people lose their shit.
I think the spiritual stickers are a nice touch. Nothing like a sweet looking little yoga lady with an “Om” sign trying to kill you with her car to drive the point home.
The road ahead can also take us to some pretty crazy places, especially when we’re evolving and making a transformation to a better reality.
The more we accelerate into self-awareness, the more likely we are to see our inner asshole trying to rise to the surface so it can remind others of who we “think” we are.
Don’t they know we’re at least a bit better than they are? At least. And we have proof— more money or a bigger house or a faster car or a sexier mate or higher social status… something, anything, to let others know where we stand.
When you’re aware of who you are and committed to personal growth you’ll see parts of yourself you’re not proud of. And the more you look, the more ugly stuff you’ll see (along with the beauty—fortunately we all have both.)
Awareness is key to creating a future that’s greater than our past. To transmute the ugly into something beautiful.
Not a trophy-case future purely for show.
Not a future of eventual destination.
But the journey forward we create in the here and now; through our imagination, words, and actions. And hopefully, from where we burn.
Doing the stuff our heart just can’t contain on it’s own and needs to let out into the world. Doing the things we can’t imagine not doing. Where we create something out of thin air, instead of just consuming things we purchase.
A future where we’re true to ourselves. A future where no one else gets a say.
Sure, sometimes people may kick us the real deal and help point the way, but the road we choose to walk, or trail we set out to blaze, is on us.
And it all starts now.
Standing at the edge of the blank canvas of life, we can burn away all limitations and create something so beautiful it pulls tears from the eyes of even the coldest of hearts.
The box we once lived in is reduced to ash. Old concepts which no longer serve us are disregarded in the soot.
With every step we transcend the shackles of self-doubt like a guy making a jail break.
The road ahead is both painful and wondrous. Full of victories and defeats. Both beautiful and tragic.
Along the way things will happen that we’ll never completely understand. That’s okay. We don’t need to understand everything. We just need to learn and move forward.
Some wounds will never fully heal. Some losses are never forgotten.
But there are lessons in all of it. We’ll see new opportunities as we lie flat on our face. Temporarily defeated. But permanently great. Determined to rise again in victory over our old selves.
As long as we understand that our problems aren’t out there. For we’re both the problem and the solution. If we think something or someone else is our problem, we’re screwed, cuz we’ve handed away all of the power that is rightfully ours.
The world is just a big reflection of us. It’s all one big mirror; what I do to you, I do to myself.
Self-responsibility and bold accountability are what gets us on our feet, embracing any falls we take along the way. Knowing that if we never fall, then we’re just safely marching along to beat of society’s drum, and not living.
Stronger and with new scars, we’re able open doors we never even knew existed, even if we gotta kick a few of ’em down. Sometimes the boot works better than the key.
Everything we face is an opportunity to create something greater than what is.
If we stray from the path and try to create a future just so we can show it off in a shiny trophy case, we will suffer an empty life.
But when we smash the trophy case, pick up the pieces of glass and go to work creating something out of love from that place that burns deep inside, then our future will be the most beautiful work of art our eyes have ever seen.
It doesn’t have to be beautiful to anyone else, as long as it’s beautiful to us.
And that’s something no one can take from us.
The “Om” sign or Jesus fish or Scientology sticker might make us look holy or at peace, but it’s what’s going on inside the car that matters.
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Here’s a few resources in line with the theme of this post:
The Power of Now – A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment – My favorite book of all time, have read many times over the years and recommend to everyone.
Loving What Is – Four Questions That Can Change Your Life. They changed mine, that’s for sure
Live Off Your Passion – An exact repeatable process and proven framework for finding your passions, choosing the most lucrative option and building a career around doing work that genuinely excites you
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