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You're Going to Die, Your Accomplishments Mean Nothing... and That's OK

You are going to die. Your name and your life story will be forgotten. Everything you’ve built, worked for and accomplished will dry up and vanish like condensation on a summer afternoon. 

Think of the billions of people who have come and gone from this planet since the dawn of history. A small handful are recorded in history books but the life and legacy of the vast majority are erased like an old hard drive. 

Does that scare you? It scares me a little. But it also changes my perspective on things like career, goals and dreams

LETTING YOU OFF THE HOOK

Nothing ultimately matters. The book you’re writing, the dreams you’re chasing, the house you’re building… it all will disappear. I find that if I really look into it, most of our pursuit of accomplishments, career, success and notoriety are simply the ego’s search for survival and relevance. We want our art to outlive us and keep our name alive. We want fame to persuade others to reflect that our existence matters. 

But we still die and are forgotten in just a couple generations. How often do you dwell on your grandfather’s career or your great-grandmother’s accomplishments? (Do you even know their names or what they did for a living?) Additionally, our worth as a human being is no more important than literally anyone else. The street sweeper working for pocket change in Saudi Arabia is exactly no more or less important and will live no more or less longer than the top realtor, the recognizable Hollywood celeb or the millionaire entrepreneur. 

SO, WHAT THEN, IS THE POINT?

The point of our few years here is not to get a great job or accomplish your dreams or build a successful business. It’s great to contribute to society and the betterment of those around you if you can, but it’s certainly not the end-game. The point is to be the eyes of “God” experiencing a 3D (or multi-dimensional) world through your particular set of genetics and circumstances. To say it another way: the point of life is to experience life. As far as I understand it, that’s it.

For about 70-80 earth years (give or take) the universe is witnessing itself through a portal called “you.” Right now, “God” is playing the role of “you” reading this on a computer or mobile device. The things you’ve done today, the life you’ve built, your particular body composition and health and psychology - is simply ONE lens in an ocean of billions and trillions of lenses in which the universe diversely experiences itself. 

EVERYONE PLAY YOUR PART

Maybe your trip is that you’re the frustrated, underaccomplished striver that never quite “gets there.” Maybe you’re the successful business manager. Maybe you’re the angry victim who was crushed on the corporate ladder. In a sea of endless diversity, each of those characters has to exist too.

All that to say - and I’m speaking to myself here - “chill the fuck out.” If you die a beggar, a pool boy, a food runner, a postal worker, an engineer, a custodian or a rock star, it matters not. Your ego seeks worth and survival from these things but in a short amount of time you’re going to be worm food anyway.

Instead of always planning and dreaming about a future goal, be present now. Leave work at work so you can experience and love the ones in your immediate sphere. Put down your to-do list at lunch and fully enjoy and taste that peach

Whoever you are and whatever game you’re playing - why not just be grateful? Soon you will be NOTHING. At this moment, though, you’re very much a SOMETHING. So look around you and be appreciative of all that you are and have. Maybe you need to take a less demanding job so you can enjoy your evenings and weekends. Or go ahead and build your tech start-up or get your doctorate degree if you must. But if you forget to hug your kids, neglect to take vacations or frantically strive so hard for money that you IGNORE YOUR *LIFE*, it’s not too late to reconsider. 

By Trevor, The Edge of Spirit

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Be a Goddamned Fighter

Life’s a race and I am gonna win
And I’ll light the fuse and I’ll never lose
And I choose to survive, whatever it takes
You won’t pull ahead, I’ll keep up the pace
And I’ll reveal my strength to the whole human race
Yes I am prepared to stay alive
[Muse, "Survival"]

Stop being such a whiny puss. Seriously.

Have you ever known (or been) someone who completely identifies with his/her pain? Each of us takes on certain identities - and these individuals have labeled themselves as 'victims.' Everyone is out to hurt them. They are offended by everything. Everything is a big fuckin' deal. heir Facebook timelines are full of woe-is-me bad news so that the rest of us can feel sorry for them. They are Attention Vampires and your pity is their True Blood. 

Don't be like that. Please. Look, life throws curveballs. Sometimes things suck... bad. I have several people in my life right now that have been dealt shit hands and are severely struggling. And while it's totally necessary to grieve and experience darkness - it's not necessary to set up camp there.  

How you choose to react to the things that happen to you today is completely up to you. You get to pick; you are the one ascribing meaning to what you experience. What kind of a trip do you want to have? Is your life going to be the Universe experiencing pain and suffering and victimization? Cool. Have fun with that.

Just know it doesn't have to be that way if you don't want it to be.

Be a goddamned fighter. See yourself as the victor. Be a badass. Laugh off the opposition. Grow a pair. Experience life sincerely, but not seriously. Breathe deep and get back up.  Do you think your self-pity buys you want you want? Can you trade in your suffering for justice? Hell no. So why do you do this to yourself? Rise above. Let your mind dwell on that which is of strength, resolve and find confidence in yourself as a CREATOR - one who takes 100% responsibility for your own life.

If you're used to being the victim this is far easier said than done. ut you can do it, tiger. No one is holding you back but you. No one is coming to save you but you. Life's a race - and you're going to win. Reveal your strength to the whole human race.

By Trevo, The Edge of Spirit

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