I’d like to talk about something that I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’ve found that modern society has made it fairly easy to coast through life. With really, a bare minimum of effort you can get through school, find a job, find someone to spend your time with, get a house, bills and responsibilities. You can simply become one of the masses. Each of these things does have its individual hurdles and heartaches. There are difficulties alone the way, but it’s not really difficult. Most of you are likely on some part of this path right now and let’s face it; it wasn’t non-stop effort to get here.
I recently read a book called The Information. I got it from the library and it took me $5.00 in late fees to finish reading it. One of the big revelations in that book for me was the fact that regardless of the possibility of life on other planets, the vast majority of the universe is dead. Most of it was never alive. If you were to average it out, life would be the anomaly. Life is the part that doesn’t quite fit. If the universe were a perfect machine, life simply wouldn’t exist.
Life is the part of the universe that doesn’t play by the rules. It is the chaos. And the last thing it does is what’s expected of it.
Now I’m rereading a book by Timothy Ferriss called The 4-Hour Workweek. Like The Information, there are things in there that I haven’t quite wrapped my head around. However, one of the main themes of all of Ferriss’ work is that you don’t have to do things the way everyone else does. More to the point, if you want a different experience out of life than what most people get, the best way to do that is not to act like most people.
Now when I put all of this together, a few things become clear to me. One is that our individual thoughts and desires are among the rarest commodities in the known universe. The fact that I’m writing this and you’re reading it is more amazing than anything we’ll find among the stars. It is clichéd to say that life is precious. It’s said so often that it lacks meaning. But how often does someone tell you specifically that your life is precious? How often do you realize as you go about your day that every breath in your body is in defiance to the rest of the universe? We are incredible and rare. This I think gives us a certain responsibility. Our hopes and dreams are not just fanciful ideas with no meaning. They are what we are here for. We are alive to live out those hopes and dreams. If you are not actively going after what you want in your life, you are giving in to the rest of the universe. You need to live while you’re alive. It’s not what the rest of the universe is expecting you to do and that’s why you should do it.
These things are true regardless of your personal belief system. Whether we exist by God’s grace or we exist because of a spanner in the works of the universe, it doesn’t really matter for the purposes of what I’m saying right now. You can ignore what I’m saying and keep doing everything the way that everyone else does. Or you can start taking steps in the direction that you want if you haven’t already. Remember, no one on Earth can do what you do because there isn’t anyone else who has your mind. Let’s show the universe what we can do.