Don’t Take Life Too Seriously
Don’t take life too seriously! This moment of zen is brought to you from the famous Hawaiian beaches of Waikiki, where you are more likely to be injured by coconuts than a shark attack.
Are you afraid of the risk involved in travel? Fearful of news reports that show only the negative social or political turmoil affecting the country that houses the destination of your dreams? Do you find yourself risk-averse from buying a ticket somewhere and seeing what life holds for you outside your comfort zone?
Maybe you should play it safe, be like the rest of your friends and travel to Hawaii instead of visiting the Galapagos, or Jordan, or Africa. You will surely be safer on the beach with all of the other tourists collecting UV rays than you will be swimming on the edge of Victoria Falls in Zambia.
That is until you become a statistic, killed on holiday while napping under the shade of a palm tree during the midday sun. Cause of death? A falling coconut. While no laughing matter, it is estimated that 150 people annually are killed by falling coconuts (not in Hawaii, but worldwide) and many more being injured.
I don’t know about you but living the routine life only to die a routine death is not something I look forward to.
What’s the point of this? All of our lives we are told to be cautious, be aware, and be afraid. In our own mind we have created urban legends of what is and what is not acceptable to do with ourselves. Go to college, get a job, get married and have a family… Sound familiar?
Where have we written in the unofficial rule book the plan to “just be happy”? Go to college and study abroad, get a job with your degree overseas, get married to the one who has the same zest for life that you do and take him or her with you! But above all else never settle for anything that doesn’t make you happy.
If this means selling your town home or cashing in your 401k to finance a year around the world then…consider it! Why not? It is just money. Something that can be earned (or lost) tomorrow. Trust me, this I know from giving up the corporate career structure to spend my 401k to learn how to day trade stocks…from Africa!
If I had followed the advice of friends, loved ones, and former girlfriends I would have missed out on some of the greatest experiences of my life. A picture they say is worth a thousand words, but the pictures of you happy doing what you love are indescribable. Find your own moment of zen, not someone else’s.
In closing. Don’t take life too seriously, it”s not like we are getting out of it alive.