My advice to you
Posted on April 23rd, 2012
I should just mind my own business. After all, usually when people ask for your opinion, what they really mean to say is, “I’d like to know what you think, so long as it affirms what I already believe.” Ah, but what the hell. Here goes nothing.
I get it. I can sympathize with you.
You want a procedure. A simple set of rules that will clarify and comfort as this crazy complicated world swarms and buzzes around you. And you’re right. Nothing feels better than reassurance and, dare I say, that cozy sense of certainty. It’s just that, I don’t think that warm truth blanket of yours can be stretched to cover any given situation. There’s not always going to be an easy answer. Rarely, even.
It’s a damn shame. But, the good news is that you’ll be just fine…Really.
You should learn to get comfortable. Trust me. I’ve figured out very little in my thirty-one years, but this much seems likely to be true. Many of these rules we attempt to follow are just hokum. They’re trite, half-assed efforts to oversimplify and define life and the world our flesh inhabits.
Get over it.
Shake that silly little need to contain and explain. Peel back the layers and expose your skin to the sunlight while you still can. But be warned, friend. Any effort towards mental, physical, and spiritual liberation or refinement are always met with criticism and judgement by the primate horde. Trust me. This is the tougher of the two paths.
I can hear them all now.
What is it you said your were going to do? Oh no, I wouldn’t. I would never try that. I would never eat that. What’s wrong with the norm?
You can’t do that!…Why don’t you try reading this? This contains all the answers you will ever need. If I were you I would believe it.
…And put that down! Don’t imbibe! Don’t enjoy! What are you doing? You know what that stuff will do to you.
Licking, slapping, prodding?! *Gasp!
Here are my coaching tips. Recognize it all for what it is. It’s about control. It’s about someone else’s pathetic fears and insecurities. The death roll of their personal hopes and desires as they witness your polar shift.
They wish to be in your shiny new shoes, but are too weak for the job. Press on.
For you, this is about saying yes and keeping your mind open and finely tuned. It’s about pursuing your goals on your terms. What else even matters?
It’s about learning and experiencing new things. It’s about leaving the old behind and partaking in something extraordinarily fresh.
Hunter said it best. Buy your ticket. Take the ride. Leave the cowards and naysayers behind in your wake.
So, I think we have all that settled. Now, have a seat. Take a sip of this drink. And please, don’t bother asking what’s in it. Just enjoy.
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