Time is probably the most precious commodity that we, as humans, have. As it passes by, our lives go with it, leaving only memories and wisdom behind. It’s interesting to watch how many people fill their days with activities they otherwise hate, and their minds with worries of the future or empty entertainment that keeps them distracted from the present. People that I know and love spend much of their lives worried about how they’ll retire, and often, they skip past the part of their life where they are the most capable and able-bodied. Others don’t take any time to do this, live only in the moment, and are miserable because they have yet to find how to properly fit into this world. I watch as people circumvent their own dreams and aspirations for the realities of others. They do this by using their time to watch television, scrolling Facebook or Instagram feeds, or gluing themselves to the always BREAKING cable news programs designed to breed anxiety and further division. I still fall into these time-sucks, but I am now cognizant of what they’re accomplishing and how their accomplishments change me for the worse.
Other ways this can be emulated is in the working of a nine-to-five for a company that often does not align with one’s own ideals. Of course, there is nothing wrong with watching your favorite show on television, and we all need to put food on the table, but the truth is, most of the time we spend in front of digital media is 100% useless and is just a method of escapism that keeps us from fulfilling what is authentic to us as individuals. The goal here being: to create a reality that is preferable to the one we are told, by society, to follow.
Preparation, however, should not be skirted, and it is important to take steps to create a stable future. Dwelling on it as life’s main objective, however, seems to lead to missed opportunities, as well as a somewhat bland, and perhaps, meaningless life. Often, with people who follow this course, once in retirement, purpose is still missing. Family seems to make up for some of this, as well, a family lends itself to a larger purported purpose, however, with one’s individuality unfulfilled, even the most accomplished businessman, might feel unaccomplished if their true desires and potentials were never fully met. If they never tried to write that book or taste the snow on top of that one mountain.
As I close out my first “Quest” —the year of self-improvement that I started following my brother’s wedding on October 3, 2017; a day that began with a hangover as I moved to cease my consumption of alcohol and focused to redirect bad habits into good ones— this has been one of the take-away lessons that I have learned. Last night, as I was journaling, I wrote about it. Below is that entry.
With little more than a week left in my Quest, I will be sharing the changes that have occurred in myself, and the lessons that I have learned along my path.
For me, finding my internal compass has been one of those lessons. A lesson that can only be learned void of distractions; when one clears their mind and turns off the outside voices. There are so many profound and exciting revelations that have come from this year’s experience, and I cannot wait to share with you what those have been and how I plan on continuing my growth in my upcoming Quest Part Two.
Cheers 🤙 ,