I was put onto this video on the weekend, by a guy who writes a blog called 1000 Awesome Things. He’d been going through a rough patch and decided to start listing all those trivial, wonderful, things in life that are awesome, but that we never really focus on. Things like :
- Figuring out how we got on this topic
- Finding money you didn’t even know you lost
- Being the first table to get called up for the dinner buffet at a wedding
- High fiving babies
- Remembering what movie that guy is from
The blog took off, turned into a book and now he’s doing speeches. You might, like me, think that it all sounds a little weird, but I watched the video, and was strangely absorbed.
Outside of the fact he is a great speaker, towards the end he made a point (that potentially I should have figured out for myself, but came as a revolution):
On this earth we are given unlimited joys, and experiences and opportunities. We can choose to be happy, we can do whatever we like. We live in the Garden of Eden.
We only have 100 years to get everything done.
Maybe it’s a slight change in perspective, but it’s a big change in the way we live.
We do have everything here. And we can choose to live however we like, but we have to remain aware that in 100 years, everyone we know, virtually every person on this earth now, will no longer be here. This is it for us.
Nothing is set in concrete. We can choose now to make the most of those 100 years, or to pretend life will last forever and that earnings potential, broken relationships, petty conflicts and spilt milk are worth crying over for an extended period of time.
I’m failing dismally to get across a simple, wonderful concept without making it sound cheesy. But ignore me and watch the video, and maybe you will come out feeling a small but substantial shift like I did.