Might Be Right, Might Be Crazy

I’ve got this theory that everyone should create as many great adventures in their lives as possible. I’ve tried to live my life this way more recently and it has had a profoundly positive effect. Some of the adventures turned out great, some didn’t, either way they all make pretty great stories. Really, it’s just a way to make sure that you are living your life to the fullest and not wasting a moment of it. That doesn’t mean that you need to always be active and on the move, some times the greatest adventures you can have could be sitting in a garage or around a fire with some friends. It just means that you should not go through life unhappy. I see so many people in relationships, jobs, living situations that they aren’t happy in. It drives me nuts, I want to kick them in the shins and tell them to make whatever change they need to in order to be happy. Life is far too short to go through it unhappy, not even unhappy really; anything less than ecstatic deserves change. I know that is an overused saying so it can very easily lose its meaning but life really is short. Sometimes it seems that the only people who can appreciate this are the ones who have “stared down the barrel of the gun” as it were. I get that, I could see how it may be difficult to grasp for some people, but just think back 5 or 10 years ago and think about how fast that times seems to have gone by. Now tell me that you could really see yourself living the rest of your life in whatever unhappy situation you are in. Really? Why in the world would you want to spend the rest of your life with someone that doesn’t make you think every day is better than the last, or go to a job that you aren’t overjoyed to go to?? Why would you do that? I don’t get it, certainly everyone has to do things in life they don’t want to but if you find yourself doing more of what you enjoy and less of what you don’t I guarantee you that your life will be exponentially better.

I don’t mean to say that I have all the answers in life, I really don’t, and I’ve made boatloads of mistakes. Not that long ago I was going down a path that would put me in a dramatically different place now and I couldn’t even fathom still living that life. It’s not me, it wasn’t me, it wasn’t what I wanted, and so I changed. I still got it wrong! I changed into a worse person, more mistakes were made and I changed again and I’m pretty positive I got it right this time. So, no, I don’t have all the answers but I do have some experience and I do know this. It is your own responsibility to create the adventures in your life and often times that means doing some out of the normal and making some pretty bold decisions. Hell, you may fall flat on your face; I did a couple of times. You might not though, think about that, it might work out really well. So step outside of the box and do it. Do what makes you happy. If you choose not to and you read this whole thing thinking I’m an idiot then first of all, you’re kind of an idiot too for continuing to read it and second that’s fine with me if you don’t want a better life, just please don’t complain to me about how much your life now sucks. Alls I’m saying is that it’s worth a shot. Trust me. I’m still stepping outside of the box all the time, I’m comfortable being uncomfortable (my old boss and mentor taught me that one). I’ve learned to do this because life is always changing and I’m always looking for new experiences. Maybe you’re down to live a cookie cutter life, but that’s not my bag and if you gave it a shot I think you’d find that it’s not yours either. I’ve said it before, but think about it this way. When you’re an old man or woman and your grandkids ask you about your life, what will you have to tell them? Will your story be exciting or will it be the typical path? Really think about it, then decide if you want to keep living your life the way you are.

Say hello to your mother for me.



  1. Glad to see things are going good Jon, I was a little worried about you!