Guys, this post is an important one. This one means a lot to me on a very personal level and I hope it resonates with you as well.
I had a rough day today and spent some time reflecting on my situation; maybe even feeling a little sorry for myself. Then I snapped myself out of it and realized I have a damn good life. I needed to live by my own rules and stay positive.
Each day is a gift. Sounds cliché doesn’t it? But really take a moment to think about it.
How many of us go about our days unhappy, blaming someone else for our problems, sitting around wasting time, coming up with excuses of why we aren’t where we want to be? Or maybe we are just coasting, telling ourselves that thing we’ve been putting off can wait until tomorrow, missing opportunities to make ourselves better. Maybe we take people too seriously and hold grudges. Maybe we had a “bad” day.
That way of life sucks. You gotta stop living like that. You can make the conscious decision to live a more fulfilling life just by changing your outlook and setting a few goals for yourself. Think about everything you have and give thanks. There are no “bad” days. You may enjoy some more than others, but every day you are alive and breathing is a good one.
Do not hesitate to do this! You never know when you will run out of opportunities. There may be no tomorrow. Back in the summer of 2008, I was outside of Fallujah, Iraq when my vehicle narrowly missed being blown to bits by an IED. Up until that point, I had a lot of grand plans for myself that I had yet to accomplish, and that incident scared the sh*t out of me. It got my butt in gear. I keep this photo framed in my room; it was taken about 30 minutes before that IED scare, and it would have been the last picture of me alive. It’s a friendly reminder that I cannot and will not allow myself to coast through life. No more excuses, no more feeling sorry for myself, no more “bad” days.
Start treating each day as a gift right now! Set goals for yourself each and every day, accomplish them, and keep working towards that thing you’ve always said you wanted to do. Take charge of your life; do not let others bring you down. Do not wait for tomorrow because tomorrow may never come.