“Most days of the year are unremarkable. They begin and they end with no lasting memories or anything of significant. Most days have no impact on the course of a person’s life.”
That’s the final quote from the “ Days of Summer” movie. Yes, it’s a chick flick; yes, I watched it… (It was a long flight to Dohar and I was bored. Honest.), and I have to say that yes, I actually thought it was pretty good. I realize that this now probably loses me a few masculinity points in most people’s eyes but don’t worry, I’m currently sporting a rather fetching and particularly rugged manly mustache and so can afford to lose a few.
The problem with modern day living is that we’re far too comfortable, even if by being comfortable we’re bored out of our minds.
These days there’s rarely a sense or a desire for adventure – we seem to have lost the need to explore our world and in the process, ourselves.
Modern day man (or woman) is less Indiana Jones and more Mr. Jones who works at the bank; less James Bond and more his administrative assistant.
We’ve become apathetic towards and unappreciative of life.
Call it apathy; call it a reduced survival requirement; call it whatever you want but it seems to me that very few days in people’s lives are remarkable and have a significant impact on the course of their lives.
Surely this is a waste. We’ve so few days available in our lifetime that it seems ludicrous not to make the most of them. We’re content to let so many of them slip past without challenge or risk.
We’ve tried to eliminate risk.
Even our modern day holidays seem geared towards reduced risk. We have all inclusive holiday packages that ensure we manage to make it out of our own country and into a foreign hotel and back again without having to actually engage with the locals of the country we traveled to. We have short city breaks that allow us to cram an entire city experience into less than 48 hours so that we don’t miss work.
And we all have any number of excuses on why we didn’t do such and such, missed out on that experience, wasn’t able to take part in that event, or didn’t speak to that person.
Imagine if most people’s lives were made into a Hollywood movie. How much would these movies bomb at the box office?
Get some excitement into your life people, whatever form that works for you.
If someone was to make a movie of your life, I would like to think that you’d at least hope it would have some chance of being a box office hit.
But to do that you need to make things happen, not just sit around and hope they turn up. Life doesn’t work like that.
For those of you that have been unfortunate enough or bribed into reading some of my other posts, you’ll know that I recently quit my job and moved to Thailand to live life as a traveling entrepreneur.
This is quite a drastic move and it definitely impacted my life course like the meteor in the movie Armageddon. It did however, completely change my life and not in the cliche way either.
Is your life adventurous or just plain boring?
Are you living life like an adventure? Is your life like a Hollywood movie in which you are the star? If not, why not?
If your life is currently drifting through space like a slow moving planet and you’re suspicious and worried at where this current path will ultimately lead you, then you need to inject some tactical meteor strikes into your life and shake things up.
If you’re trying to derail a planet, you need a big impact. Small ones will chip away at the outer crust but ultimately prove ineffective. Big ones change courses.
From experience, I realized that if I was going to be serious about retiring before age twenty-five and pursue my life’s ambitions, then I needed to do something big.
I was in a good, well-paid job with excellent potential. I had a good life but it wasn’t a great life. To get the great life I had to risk the good life.
So, four months ago I decided to quit my job and get out of the country even though I had no real idea what I was going to do or if it was going to work out.
Whatever position you find yourself in now, you have the same decision to make. You can risk nothing and live like you’ve always done, and be safe in the knowledge that you know where you’ll be in 20 years time, or you can put on your hat, pick up your whip and search for adventure.
So, who are you, Indiana Jones or Mr. Jones?