Life is bigger than me.
And life doesn’t give a damn if I’m happy. It doesn’t give a damn if I’m sad.
It doesn’t care if there’s riots in the streets of my hometown. It doesn’t care if I’m binging Madmen on Netflix.
Life doesn’t care if I’m a success or a failure.
It doesn’t care if I feel alone.
Life just is. And I don’t think it’s here for any reason except to be here.
There’s going to be earthquakes, and blizzards, and California will probably run out of water. There’s going to be beautiful summer days, and hurricanes, and crisp December nights with the twinkling of Christmas lights. (Do be sure to take those lights down by the end of January. Okay? Thanks!)
There’s going to be FREAKING TRAFFIC!
But there’s also going to be straight, open roads where I feel the freedom to roll down the windows, let the breeze and the sunshine touch me, and completely disregard the speed limit. Yeah!
Loved ones will leave. And babies will be born. And I’ll probably continue to be completely blown away by the fact that my brother is now someone’s dad. I’m positive he’ll be great at it. And I’m sure he’ll really dig it.
And I’ll hold close to my heart the time, so very long ago, when he fell asleep on my floor after an evening of carousing and my iguana slept on his face.
That was funny.
And we all get a chance to be young, but most of us waste it. We get old so quickly. I’m telling you, younglings, we do.
If I’d have known that, really known that, I’d have enjoyed my hair more when it was thick and kick ass. I’d have experimented with different hairstyles.
And dyed it blue.
I’d have dated a certain acquaintance’s ex girlfriend. Because twenty years later, none of that means anything anymore.
Maybe, life is about learning.
So I leave you today, dear readers, with some gems of caffeine-induced wisdom.
1.) Praying or well-wishing is a nice gesture. So is buying a homeless guy gloves and preventing frostbite.
2.) The Buddha said, “Existence is unsatisfactoriness.” But he failed to mention that it’s made better by living with a dog.
3.) We all have our own truths and there’s never any good reason to compromise on them. Any time I have, I’ve suffered.
4.) Right and wrong are mostly subjective. But compassion, that’s a real thing.
Until next time, keep your head in the stars and keep reaching for your feet.