Just Do You.
Before you read this, I want you to have an open mind (take a deep breath). I want you to contemplate some of the ideas and thoughts you have about other people and the things that they do. Think about your friends, family, and online strangers you will never, ever meet and how some of the things that they do end up making you feel. Now understand, I say this with all due respect, but none of that stuff matters to you! You are too amazing and too talented to look at other people with quiet envy, jealousy, and frustration and think to yourself, “Why do they get to do that?”, “Why don’t they just do this?” or “How come I can’t fit that in to my schedule, I must be doing something wrong!”
Think about this for a moment, there are people in this world that:
- Run Marathons
- Start businesses
- Join the military
- Volunteer their time
- Cook dinner/eat healthy every night
- Have a house that is completely organized
- Go to concerts around the county every other weekend
- Workout 3-4 times per week
- Have a strong grasp of molecular biology
- Know everything about sports and dominate fantasy football
- Read 20-30 books a year
- Play golf 2 times per week
- Make crafts and do DIY projects every weekend
- Ski/snowboard exotic mountains several times a year
Oh, yeah and they still work about 40-60 hours a week. Sound like you? Yeah…doesn’t sound like me either.
Let’s get one thing straight though, being able to do the things you want in life should be considered a luxury. A couple of days ago we celebrated Veteran’s Day, we gave thanks to all the men and women of this great country who fight for our freedom daily. A freedom that allows us to pursue whatever luxuries we so choose. If you take just one thing from this post let it be this, your priorities are your priorities and they are no one else’s. You cannot try to live someone else’s life and you cannot expect them to live yours…Just. Do. You! (Side note: Absolute Power does not condone illegal activities or hurting people in any type of physically or emotional manner) Recently my daughter has this new thing where whenever I ask her what she’s doing or what she’s up too she responds with, “I’m just livin’ my life.” It makes me laugh every time I hear and I love it, truth is I think we all need to take her advice and do whatever it is that makes us happy.
In the digital world, we live in today it’s hard, I know it is. But we need to stop looking at everyone’s Instagram and Snapchat and watching every Facebook video that’s on our news feed and getting upset, wishing that we could do that, cook that, lift that, or build that. Look I get it, I will be the first to admit that I wish I could JuJu On That Beat as good as that little kid that was on Ellen (and please wait until after you finish reading this before you type it in on Google). That’s just not me though, dancing doesn’t come that naturally…I’m that guy that awkwardly practices in his room when no one is around (sadly this is true). If somehow I got to live in Utopia I would get up early every morning and workout, watch SportsCenter, cook an amazing breakfast, pack a healthy lunch, work, play basketball before I went and got Ava, get home and play with her and the dog, catch up on all the important news headlines of the day, make a delicious dinner, clean the house, have game night with the family, tuck Ava in and read her a poem or book, watch a movie with Katelynn, read for school, do homework for my Master’s program, work on my blog, write in my journal….wow, I’m hoping at this point I said enough to prove my point? Because if not, trust me I could keep going.
To bring this point home, though, I’d like to share a quick story with you about a guy I used to work for. This guy, let’s call him Javier (because well that’s awesome), was really in to fashion and yes, obviously him and I got along, but that’s not the point. The point is Javier had a hard time understanding why some other guys in the office didn’t dress or think like he did. We had some employees who came in wearing suits that were too big, shirts that weren’t ironed, and ties that were probably worn in an early 90’s episode of Friends. This blew Javier’s mind, and to be truthful I didn’t think much of it until we went to a meeting together and took a ride in his car. See, Javier who was so elegantly dressed to perfection everyday had a car that could have been on an episode of hoarders. Literally shocked, I had to take a step back and think to myself this is the epitome of the idea that you can’t do it all.
I said it before and I’ll say it again, your priorities are your priorities and they are no one else’s. As you’re reading this, don’t think I’m putting anyone down or want people to feel discouraged, on the contrary I want you to feel excited about everything that you do and have a passion for. And believe me, I’m not saying don’t try new things or expand your horizons. In fact, I literally would encourage you to do the exact opposite of that. But when you do try new things, you need to go in with the mindset that you will still only have 24 hours in your day. Some areas of your life must take a back seat for a period of time. Hey, there’s a lot going on in this world and it moves fast. Nike tells you Just Do It. I want you to Just Do You.
I’m going to end on a question because I would love to create some discussion and make things a little more interactive. If you could get 1 extra hour every day to do whatever you want, no kids to worry to about, no work, no school, no nothing…what would it be?
My answer: Singing Lessons. It’s so bad for me when I’m in church I just move my mouth around haha. Anyway, as always thank you for reading and I hope you have a great week!