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2 things to remember

1) This will all be over in the blink of an eye.

Right now, you’re young and vivacious. You can move without pain, dream without abandon, and live as passionately as you allow yourself.

Without ever noticing, the days blur together. For the most part things stay the same except that you’re a bit older.

Every day you wake up with a human life and 24 hours. You can use these things however you please.

Except one day, you wont.

One day you’ll have grown as old as you will ever grow and this will all be over.

When you’re looking back, you’ll notice that it all went by in the blink of an eye.

2)It all comes down to you.

As a human, you don’t control much. Neither do I. None of us do.

All you really control are your actions and nothing more. The good thing: that’s enough.

It’s enough to make anything you ever wanted to make, it’s enough to create any feeling you ever wanted to feel, and it’s enough to accomplish all the things you ever wanted to accomplish.

If you do nothing, nothing will happen. If you do something, something will happen. If you want to do something grand, without a doubt, you can. It just takes time and forward motion.

I’ll let you take it from here.

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5 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “2 things to remember”

  1. Diane March 25, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Jason,

    I found this post to be especially poignant. It enourages us to get up and take action.

  2. Donna Berry April 5, 2013 at 7:20 am

    I’m in my late 60s & from my perspective, you are dead right on number 1, but only half right on number 2. Yes, all we control is our own actions. But it is not enough–not enough to accomplish all we wanted to do, and sometimes we come to the end of our lives realizing we have failed to accomplish even one of the things we thought was important. Success is not totally random, but it is also very dependent on context, and failure happens all the time, and often irrevocably. The only thing for it, in my life, is to find work you love (which may not pay money at all), do it well, and let go of the results. A commitment to finding people you love, or, even better, loving the people you find also helps.

    • Jason Connell April 5, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Donna, I really appreciate your comment and your perspective. There is more to success than controlling your actions – I agree. Success is made easier through luck and circumstance. Still though, luck and circumstance are outside of our control so I don’t think we should spend too much time dwelling on it. Instead, I agree with you, if we harness our actions to find people and work we truly love, and throw our hearts into it, I think great things will happen. The material trappings of success are, ultimately, over-rated.

      • Donna Berry April 5, 2013 at 10:33 am

        Thank you–material trappings of success are overrated at the high end, more significant for a working class woman like me. BUT–most of us in this country have way more stuff than we need. I like your blog–keep up the good work.

        • Jason Connell April 5, 2013 at 10:37 am

          Thanks Donna – I appreciate the kind words! And thank you for the distinction – I was referring exclusively to the high end trappings of success as being over-rated (needlessly large homes, expensive cars, etc).

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