What are we up to?

What are you up to?

Do you ever stop to ask yourself this question?

We go through our days so quickly – we’re always so busy - preoccupied with the tiny pieces around the edges of our puzzles.

Do you ever take a step back and look at what you’re creating? Is it a scene you’re happy with? Are the pieces you’re putting together getting you to the big picture?

I do myself a favor and never really know what I’m up to. This allows me to be open and listen to my surroundings.

What’s next?

I have an idea, but I’m not in the daily business of finding out.

I toss out the pieces of the puzzle and gauge my days based on their own merit. I let the clues each day lead me to who I’m going to be and am becoming.

Is the next step you take the one that glides you into the warm embrace of your destiny? Probably not, so don't treat every little thing you do with such tediousness that you forget to have some damn fun. 

Like the faint smell of a cherry pie on a window ledge, I’m following the scent of where the future will take me, instead of toiling with fitting all the little pieces together. 

Unhappiness

Do you ever feel like a victim in your daily life?

You have to work, you have to get food to feed yourself, you have to pay the rent and bills.

But why do we to act like we have to be so unhappy to just live our lives?

We live in one of the most incredible places where we can do pretty much whatever we want, yet we act like we’re held captive to some outside driving force.

What if the work we did was actually a privilege?

What if we decided that working and paying for things was a great honor – one that many people are not able to have?

Series of Cool

I like to think of my life as a long series of cool things. Living decision by decision, leading to an ending I never would have expected.

When I was interviewing SweetWater Letterpress, the founder asked me how my blog was doing. I answered, “You know I’m just posting from the heart and maybe I’ll hone it in later.” To which he responded, “In my experience, personally and in business, it’s best to leave your passions out there unedited. It creates a more fantastic and just fun future.”

PHOTOS FROM THE BRADBURY BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES. 

I really took that to heart and started thinking about rules.

“Think long-term, not short term.”

“Do as your told.”

Now I’m not saying, “let’s be super irresponsible!” but could it be possible that living life by the rules given to you is living irresponsibly by stifling your God-given talents and abilities?

When I think of change, I think “will it kill me?” Will my next step or pursuit actually lead to my untimely death or will it move my life towards a series of cool things?

This gets me thinking of collaborations – will it kill me to ask someone who is creative that I respect out to lunch to talk about life and what we’re each working on?

Or am I thinking of life in the “things I have to do” way. Is this self-pressure? Is this peer pressure? Where do your expectations come from? Your parents? Friends? Boss?

Do they make you less creative or more creative?

I like to think about these answers on a weight balance scale. You know, the one with two hangey cups suspended and if you put something in one cup, it moves down and the other cup moves up?

I place one pebble (or marble or hot pink star-shaped eraser) into one side of the scale when I go with my gut on what makes me happy. If my answer makes me unhappy, I put whatever orb I chose into the other side of the scale. Does your happy outweigh your unhappy? If not, why?

These little adjustments you make today will lead to a more kick ass future. I assure you. I’ve done this because quite frankly I was super sick of my cautious life. Super sick of how much I cared about how I was viewed by everyone and anyone. Super tired of living out someone else’s life map because I actually wanted to turn left when it said to turn right.

The next time you think about doing what you’re told, think of me. Think of your gut writhing in the opposite direction and yearning towards another avenue when you’re cramming it down the straight and narrow path you’re on.

Don’t take the easy way. Live your life as a series of cool. Will it kill you?