So here we go, this is stemming from thoughts that were just flowing at work today. Sadly the motivation and drive have mellowed since then but I’m giving it my best shot here. Let’s get goin:
Okay, so I don’t know what it was today that sparked this idea. I don’t know if it was the music I was listening to, the thought of my job, or a Twitter post I had seen a little while back. Whatever the case, I just started thinking about why people put so much stress in their lives. I thought about any trials I have had recently. I have thought about things that just got me a little bothered, and the things that just really got me steamed. I began to think to myself, why do we let ourselves get so caught up in things like money, girls/boys, work our future and so on. Why is it, we will allow ourselves to focus so much of our daily lives on stress, anger, hesitation or a mix of all three. Let me first start off on my viewpoint of life in general for me.
Up until about 3 to 4 years ago, I always had that view that, if you live your life as a kind, caring and loving individual, then you will get into heaven. You don’t have to necessarily read the bible every day or go to church and praise with others. Well, in these last few years I’ve just really dove into why I, for no apparent reason, just assumed God was a given. I came to the quick conclusion, that the main reason is because daily life in America revolves around teaching the idea of God from the get go. When you’re a child, you say the pledge of allegiance. You see on television how your role models or idols thank God for giving them this reward or that reward. As I came into my own, I just began to see the true side of religion. I saw how it was more about getting a good reputation in the world, almost like a business. Religions want to be seen as the top dog. Now within that, the reason we have religion still in place, is because it is preached to kids growing up. I have a big issue with this, as I read once in a book, teaching kids to make an honest perception of God or religion, is like asking them to do the same thing about politics. They don’t have the slightest clue. So first off let me say, get the church(though this will probably never happen) out of young childrens’ lives. Let them decide about God on their own and don’t “cheat” your way into their easily influenced minds.
Now with that said, I am a proud Atheist, something I probably wouldn’t say too long ago. I mean that in the sense that, being Atheist is kind of looked down upon. Like you’re strange for NOT BELIEVING IN GOD! Whoa, hold the carriage there Paco, you must be jacked up. I mean you don’t see all of the great things he’s doing around you, all of the miracles he works into our daily lives. This is sarcasm by the way, as the whole idea of him working in everyday life is a joke. Basically, because I could go on and on about religion and how it’s a large load of bulls*** irational thoughts, but let me just leave it that I am a Proud ATHEIST and regardless for my dislike for religion, nobody REALLY KNOWS.
So that’s my rant on religion leading me into life in general. I feel that we are put on to this earth only one time. When life is over, you’re done. You don’t come back as a furry rabbit, nor do you ascend/descend into heaven or hell. This is IT. I don’t feel discouraged at all by this thought, because it actually has really started to motivate me.
I saw the movie the other day called “Yes Man” with Jim Carrey. He is kind of a closed up guy, who takes a new outlook on life by just saying yes to everything. Now I wouldn’t recommend this, but it did get me thinking. How many things do we miss out on life because we say no. Because we are too lazy, scared, embarrassed and so on. I am in no way taking a side of the opposite because I fall into this category whole heartedly. What the movie did make me think about, outside of the fact that you should take more chances and just live, but it made me start to think of all of the things in life that get us down. How much energy we waste on lack luster jobs, failed relationships, petty arguments or even just laziness(my largest flaw). I just think, life has so much to offer with only so much time. We need to stop wasting so much of our time just dwelling or getting down about all of these things.
I am not making a ton of money at my current job. I have recently become single. I even more recent got into a mini feud with my ex-g/f, all is well thankfully now. What this taught me though, is that anger is such a manufactured thing. If we could just learn that the anger we feel and put forth towards other people never actually gets us anywhere. Sure it may feel good to let loose some steam, but why does it have to get to the point where you build that up. People are jacked up regardless of how you take things, why not just disregard it. Go into a mode like in the film Office Space after he is hypnotized. Just stop caring to a certain extent. I’m not saying turn into a drone and just lock up, I’m saying, let’s just try putting forth a positive attitude 24/7. No matter how crappy things may seem, they’re not that bad, and what good is worrying about those things. Those are precious moments, I feel you’re never going to get back.
This piece of work may mean little to anybody but myself, and it may be a jumbled mess of random thoughts. To me though, I’m really tired of all the negative aspects of life. There is no reason for “stress.” Why do you have to let it get a piece of you. I’m not going to speak for anybody nor try and sum up their lives into a stress free life. I’m just saying, for myself personally, I’m tired of not living the full life I should be. I’m tired of negative things peaking in and ruining this “ONE SHOT.” There’s no reason you should not be able to enjoy every aspect of life wtihin reason. I’m not going to worry about money/relationships/grudges any of that. Now don’t take that as I’m going to stop paying bills, I’m going to blow off any friends I have and say screw them or just let people walk on me. What I’m saying is, you have one life to live. I don’t need to be rich, or even “well off.” I’m not going to care if somebody has a “better” job than me, I’m not going to compare myself to how somebody else is living their life. I’m going to live life for me, because I’m not here for anybody else. I will back my friends and family, I will provide positive environments for those who wish to be around that. I’m just not going to let petty “materialistic” worries get to me. I’m living my life to the fullest now, and I will fully admit, I was not doing so before.
Bottom line here people, stop worrying about the future so much, live your life for the moment. The economy is tough, and who knows which direction it will turn towards. If you focus on all this money crap and whatever, then so be it. There are those out there who have it far worse then those of us who think we’re “hurt’ by this economy. I have always kind of had the outlook of, well it could be worse, and the thing is, it can always be worse, but know that somebody has always got it 10 times worse then you. Making that “bad time” not so bad after all.
So in closing, just live your life, that’s it, don’t rely on some idea that you may get into heaven after this. Rely on the fact that regardless of some God or religion, we should treat each other kindly, you don’t need some preacher to tell you this. Live for you and enjoy every moment of it. Don’t regret any decision made, because I’m sure that though you may have missed something from the past, you have enjoyed something in the present because of it.
So that is all for me, I’m off, so have a great night, and turn things around now.
P.S. You’re a monster if you made it all the way to this final line, Congratulations and thanks again!