There’s a list things that crave your worry. Don’t give it to them.
There are things that beg for your control. Keep your control to yourself.
There are 10,000 days ahead of you—maybe more, maybe less—each with something for you to think about. Do not think much of these days and the things in them.
Break Free from the Prison of Trying to Live 10,000 Days in One
Keep your focus right here.
The stress, frustration, and doom on the horizon can only exist when you leave today and try to live in the Great Then and There.
Be tenacious in staying in this day and this day only. Those other days hold nothing for you right now. And who knows, you may never even get around to seeing ’em. You might die before you do. Don’t die without having lived today.
When you visit those days, you lose this one. Your mission is to take this 24-hour period, realize that it is all you have—that it’s all there is and all there will ever be—and give it everything you’ve fucking got.
Even if that everything is just enjoying a sandwich, walking the dog, or watching your favorite television show. Whatever you do, do it with 100% of your being. Lose yourself in it, and let it rip away your stories of tomorrow and yesterday and become your single point of focus.
You’ll be surprised just how much better the sandwich will taste.
Today is not a stepping stone or a rung on a ladder. It’s not something to check off on a list, “X” off on a calendar, or to get through.
It’s all there fucking is.
And when you trade it away like a junkie at a pawn shop, you not only further feed your addiction to tomorrow, you miss all the beauty, tragedy, and adventure that today has in store for you.
Today holds great mysteries for you to solve, truths to uncover, lessons to learn, realities to visit, and experiences to have—even in the mundane, the trivial, and the tedious.
I don’t claim to know much—and most of what I think I know, I have a strong suspicion I am wrong about.
But if there is one thing I know with absolute certainty, it’s that all we have is the time between when we woke up from our dreams this morning until we rest our head on our pillow tonight to greet them once again.
Everything outside of that is an exercise in futility, frustration, and agonizing self-defeat.
Tomorrow is the greatest loss of all—the loss of today, the only thing there is. So don’t go there yet, at least not until it’s today.
Tomorrow is a prison.
But today, you are free.
Big Chris (=