Check Your Pulse

Check your pulse! Two fingers to the neck…still beating? Yup. Still breathing? Yup. You’re alive. But are you living?

There’s a difference. 

This is going to sound cliché, and that’s because it is cliché. Get over it.

“Some people die at 25 but aren’t buried until 75” – Apparently not Ben Franklin

But it’s no joke. So many people wake up everyday, spend time with people they tolerate, and work a job that gives them no excitement, and no joy. We’re creatures of habit. You get into a routine. You get comfortable. It’s easier not to fight against the flow of society.

I get it; I know. I’ve been there. I think everyone has, honestly.

We know why it happens this way. As a species we’ve created a system in which money is necessary. So people work jobs they don’t like to pay the bills. 

But what if money didn’t matter? What would you be doing then?

Are you doing it now?

If you’re not, then start. I don’t care if you can only do it for five minutes a day. Do what moves you; what gives you joy, what makes you excited. 

It doesn’t matter what it is – there is a way for you to create an income – to make a living – while doing it.

And if you aren’t doing it often enough, you’ll never figure out how.

I’ll give you an example.

If money didn’t matter, I would love to travel the world and take pictures of beautiful landscapes. It gets me out of bed in the morning. There is a burning desire in the pit of my stomach to get out there; to see the world – as much of it as I possibly can – and take pictures of the best places to share with you.

Including Iceland. I swear I’ll finish those posts someday… Hopefully by 2018…

Edit February 12, 2018 – Here’s Part 1: Keflavík

Check Your Pulse
Here’s a shot that captures me doing just that – on the Bondi Coastal Walk in Australia

You have to have that same burning desire for something.

I refuse to believe that you don’t. 

If you truly don’t – fret not – you just need to try more things.

Don’t be afraid to fail.

Whatever gives you that fire in your belly, that burning passion, you need to go in whichever direction that feeling is taking you.

You will regret it if you do not.

And if you won’t take my word for it, just run a quick Google search for “common regrets of the elderly” or something similar.

I’ve taken the liberty of finding a few for you: Business InsiderForbesGreatist.com.

What pops up over and over again?

“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

Regretting – “Living the life that my parents wanted me to live instead of the one I wanted to.”

Regretting – “Choosing the practical job over the one I really wanted.”

“I wish I would’ve followed my dreams when I was in my late teens and deciding what I wanted to take in University. Had I made the decision to believe in myself — my talents, my passions, and my dreams, instead of worrying about getting a good job, my life would be very different today.”

Check your pulse.

The choice is yours.

You can go through the motions; do everything that’s expected of you by society, your friends, your family.

But at the end of the day, when you are old, weary, and ready to breathe your last, there is only one person you have to answer to – you.

The same person that you can’t hide anything from.

There are no excuses at the end. 

So follow your dreams. Do what makes you excited. Do what you love, with the people you love.

You really have no idea what you are capable of, and you will never find out unless you push your limits.

You only get one shot at this, at life. Don’t hold back. Give it everything you’ve got

So check your pulse.

Are you living?

Well, are you? 

Check Your Pulse
Here’s the shot I was taking in the picture above. We sat perched 20 yards above the majestic Pacific.

Originally Posted January 15, 2017

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