Last semester, I took several Eastern Philosophy courses and found myself being bombarded with the reality that we have just one life to live. ONE, people! I’ve made a lot of life changes since then. I stopped being scared of going for my dreams and just threw myself into them head first. I stopped hanging around negative people, or people who drained me, and surrounded myself with awesome folks.
My life is a lot like this:
But, here lately, I’ve been rocking my business SO much that I haven’t had time to do much else but spend a little time with the kids before bedtime. Sure, I take every other weekend to mostly relax, but what am I doing to enjoy my life? If I had one week to live, would I spend it doing this?
If I had one week to live, I would go BASE jumping – or, as my step-dad says, ‘You want to jump off a perfectly good building?!’. Yes. Yes, I do. I would go see a concert. I would dress up like a superhero and parade down the streets of Atlanta. I would dance in the streets, play in park fountains with my kids, take trips to Maine and California to see my amazing soul sisters, and take awesome weekend-date road drips. THAT is the life I want.
I love my job. LOVE it – I’ve worked my tush off to build it to what it is and will keep doing so. But, stop and ask ‘Why am I doing all of this?’. Are you working to work? Because, if you are, you might as well get a desk job.
Take the time to enjoy life and do really amazing things – whatever your definition of ‘amazing’ – even if you love your job.
Today, I’m taking the kids to jump in a gym full of trampolines with trampoline walls. Next weekend, I’m doing The Color Run. A few weeks after that is the Renaissance Festival, and a bunch of local festivals in the following weeks. Journey is in May, KISS and Def Leppard are coming for my birthday, and then Dragon*Con and Alchemy (like, the burn) kick off the Fall. I am going to enjoy the hell out of all of these things!
I am going to stop and go to dinner with friends, invite folks over for drinks and board games, act like a fool when I get the chance, and spend what little time I have on this planet enjoying being on this planet, not just working my dream job.