There are times when I sit and stare at my computer thinking, “what the f*ck am I doing with my life?”
I think a lot of people can relate to this: a video by Will Smith pops up on Facebook and gets you jazzed for a moment and then you continue scrolling only to find another disheartening Trump story which brings you back down again.
It’s true, the internet is a never-ending ping-pong of wonderful and terrible content, keeping us in an often overwhelming back-and-forth saga of love and dislike.
And then you realise the whole day has flown by and what do you have to show for it? Nada. At least it feels like nothing.
What’s more, you find yourself gazing out the window wondering why you’re actually here, on Earth I mean. I think we all crave a sense of purpose, we desire for our time here to have meaning.
So what are we waiting for? Although you can listen to his words in your Facebook feed or on Twitter, Elon Musk is not going to come knocking on your door to hold your hand into conquering rocket science and being the first human to set foot on Mars. Sorry, he’s just not. At least not without his flying pig chariot.
Honestly, a lot of the time I think we’re waiting until we run out of excuses for why some momentous event like the aforementioned hasn’t happened yet. Instead of taking charge of our tomorrow, we’re too busy defending why we wasted today.
And you know what? The answer actually isn’t that difficult – just go do something that sets your soul on fire. It doesn’t matter what it is. Shut the laptop and go surfing. Put the phone down and spend your whole Wednesday afternoon rock-climbing. It is the times when we are doing the things that make us who we are that we leave our mind’s backdoor open for inspiration to come in, sit down, and make itself a tea (or a cocktail).
On your way back from this soul-enriching activity talk to yourself in the car, just mind-dump into a voice memo on your phone, or if you’re in the car with someone else, toss around ideas and have the passenger take notes.
“Why don’t we…” you’ll say.
“Or we could start…” they’ll reply.
“Hey, that’s a f*cking awesome idea!” will be said by either one or both of you at least once.
So the moral of this post, which I had no intention of sitting down to write today, is that when you don’t know what to do, do something that makes you you. The rest will follow.