Seize the Day (Carpe Diem)

“The only real fire to cultivate is the fire inside of you. Nothing external will cultivate it. The greater your internal fire is, the more people want it…they will smoke every drug lit by your fire. They will try to ignite their own fires. They will try to light up their own dark caves…the universe will bend to you.” -James Altucher

This phrase is so easily thrown around every day with a limp and barely audible, “seize the day”. However, how many really grab each day by the throat and say, ”DAY… I am going to make you my b****… anybody that is coming along, strap yourself down and hang on!” Sometimes we become so comfortable in our daily lives that the days blend into weeks, weeks into months, etc., and before you know it, we have sleepwalked through much of our life. Put some passion into this m*****f*****…”SEIZE THE DAY!”

Let’s put this into perspective too… the earth is going to be around for another trillion years and you only have maybe 100 of them to soak up all that juicy marrow of life…live boldly! Considering this, maybe we need to start at the end… how will your tombstone read and how can you impact what is imprinted on it with this day? Or, maybe don’t live life like YOU could die tomorrow, but live like those that are important to you could die tomorrow. Most importantly DO NOT wait for life to shape your day for you. Most people get too caught up in the trap of making a living rather than designing a life of their choosing… exercise your right to choose.

To do all this you have to put yourself out there and I know that is scary as hell. It opens you up to pain, struggle, even ridicule. Realize this… competition is fiercest for realistic goals as the rest of the world is insecure too… don’t overestimate others or underestimate yourself. Dream Bigger… do that which excites you. Whatever you overcome and accomplish in this day will contribute a small but significant piece to that bigger vision of what you want to achieve in this lifetime. You may even find yourself becoming a magnet,  drawing in others who want to dream bigger. And last but not least, those things you have achieved are amazing and inspiring to others, but don’t forget about the process itself as living life to the fullest is a huge part about that journey itself…enjoy the journey for it happens only once! Work hard, play hard…HAVE FUN!!

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn-out, and proudly proclaim. ‘Wow, what a ride!’’’ -Hunter S. Thompson

Some good books to follow this up from which I borrowed liberally…

Choose Yourself by James Altucher
The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

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