The most interesting aspect of aging is the acquisition of wisdom. Heightened awareness. A more thorough understand of what’s really happening right now. We spend so much time planning for the next move that often we neglect what’s right in front of us. We’re hindered by ourselves. Nothing really stops us, but we hold back. Why? What are we so afraid of?
While traveling through whatever this is (life/computer simulation/who really even knows) I can’t help but wonder what the essence of life actually is. When you pull back the “veil of ignorance” as my brother put it, what’s left? I’ve come to grips that I’ll never figure it out completely. I’ll never really know the purpose, maybe there isn’t one. Maybe there is? Maybe there’s aliens out there, maybe not. These types of thought processes have helped me realize… what’s the difference?
Looking back on your life, will you ponder the existence of extraterrestrials or will you fondly recall your happiest moments? Those you’ve loved and lost? The moments you were brought to tears with joy, held in an embrace that actually mattered, or realized you were smiling simply because you were exactly where you wanted/needed to be at exactly the right time. Really, it’s up to you. Everything is.
Life is a series of events and the subsequent reactions that surround them. It isn’t the event that matters, but your perspective as the result. Happiness is the wealth of life, Love is the universal truth and Information is the currency of the universe.
“The body’s just a vehicle, transporting the soul; it’s whats inside the people, is beauty to behold.”
— Damian Marley – ‘It Was Written’
So where do we go from here? Live, man. Live.
It’s simple: do the best you can. Just do the best you can.
Do the best you can to not get wrapped up in what doesn’t really matter. Do the best you can to love unconditionally. Do the best you can to teach and share, give and be kind. Do the best you can to be a good son or daughter, mother or father, brother or sister, cousin or friend or aunt or businessperson or mentor or whatever it is that you do, just give it your best effort. What else is there?
Life is a game. You could get mad at it if you want. You could end it if you want. You could refuse to play it if you want. Or you could put it all out there, imagine and prosper; if you want. You’re driving the bus.
“All of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”
— Dale Carnegie
I’ll leave you with a few words from my brother Tim, a beacon of light that never fades.
The one certain diamond of truth, is that every living organism will die. Your “essence” will either transcend time or be purged much like your non-pertinent memories were. Understand that the final choice is now yours and yours alone. Your destination or “finite reality” depends solely on the countless choices and decisions you make from task to task, day-to-day and the culmination of these tasks. Each will either digress or move you ahead in your mental and spiritual development. Creating any medium for a transfer to occur is beneficial and progress, whether personal or societal, is positive no matter what. Regardless of the inherent outcome of any transaction, an outcome naturally must exist. Finding the medium which captures this begins the battle, utilizing it to its full potential completes it. Absolute Zero. A new tape begins…..