The crazy thing about life is… that it is always moving forward.  Whether you lose a loved one, get a ticket, have a child, get fired, whatever it is…life keeps going on. Yet we are constantly beating ourselves up over the little things that happen and bring us down, that drive us to live in the past and forget about the now. Sometimes… s@%*t happens, let’s talk.

So I started out this week on a bit of a bad note. I woke up Sunday to find that my car window had been broken into. Two days later I woke up to a citation for parking on the wrong side of the street during street sweeping hours and then today I got pulled over on an exit ramp for following too closely behind an undercover cop. Yet here I am enjoying a cold beer from a new customer of mine in which I had an amazing three hour meeting talking about how we can make their lives easier. I remain an undying optimist amidst these things, why?

You have to realize that shit happens. Bad things are going to come your way. Tickets for seemingly unknown laws, people breaking into your car, parking citations for street sweeping, it’s all going to happen. Life is going to happen. Life doesn’t slow down though; it’s not about living in the moments that bring you down. Life is about living in the moments that make you feel alive, that make you feel emotion, that make you feel HUMAN. Life doesn’t wait and why should you? If you want something go after it. The rule to life is simple, that you can go after whatever it is that you want, but you cannot stop someone else from going after what they want. Chase a passion, follow a dream, live in the moment, because the now is all we are guaranteed.

Life is going to throw challenges your way. You’re going to have good days and bad days. Some days may bring you to tears, some days may challenge every fiber of your being and make you question your beliefs and highlight the doubts you have in your life… but it’s not about how hard we hit, it’s about how hard we can get hit and keep moving forward (Thanks Rocky). Life isn’t going to pause to help you along the way. Life isn’t going to stop to pick you back up, which is why we NEED each other to survive. To get through the storms, to not fear life, but embrace it.

We all share one thing in common. We are all HUMAN. What does that mean? What does that mean to you?? As humans we are not defined by the moments of struggle and pain. We are defined by how we get through it. We are better together. How do we each day get better for each other? How do we start helping one another instead of trying to be better than one another? When you look back on your life in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years… I can guarantee that the moments that you remember most will be the ones spent with people. Not the ones spent staying late at work, getting that bonus check, or climbing the corporate ladder. You can find short term feelings through accomplishment, bonuses, and promotions, but if you want to feel true satisfaction and true fulfillment it is in the relationships that you build and actually helping one another.

Stop getting caught in the weeds of the bad. Don’t waste time on the bad and the ugly. Don’t stop living. Life goes on. Shit happens. Keep moving forward. We need more optimism in this world… and the amazing thing about optimism? It’s infectious… and it can start… with you.

On purpose,

Matt

What does it mean to be human? – https://youtu.be/xPGREQvK-dQ

What do you desire? – https://youtu.be/012-61RWnjE

 

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