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This Article Won’t Change Your Life

This website won’t change your life. That self-help book on the nightstand next to your bed isn’t going to do it either. Not a single word you read has the power to make any difference in your life. That quote from Gandhi changes nothing.

This article isn’t going to change your life. It might be the most inspiring thing you’ve read all day but it isn’t going to do you a damn bit of good.

The truth I hope you’ll realize by the end of this article is that reading it hasn’t changed anything.

It hasn’t changed anything not because the knowledge contained in the words isn’t valuable, or that the lesson taught isn’t sound. But if you quit reading this article right now, you aren’t going to miss out on anything that is going to change your life.

If you’re trying to change your life, you’re at the wrong place doing the wrong thing. If you’re searching for some insight, the answers to your problems might be contained within the pages of a book or blog, but even if you do find the solution, it isn’t going to do you any good.

It isn’t going to solve anything.

Having the answer isn’t the solution. Gaining knowledge may make you wiser, but it doesn’t matter how smart you become. Despite all the information you consume, unless you incorporate that knowledge into your life, it’s served you no purpose.

You can only change your life by taking action; by making decisions and following through. You have to commit to more than the desire for change, but to change itself. Improving your life cannot be done without action. A book can’t act for you. The most inspiring quote you’ve ever read isn’t going to make anything different.

 “Action expresses priorities.” ~ Gandhi

No. That’s up to you.

If you want to change your life, quit reading this and change your life.

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The Truth

Nothing I write is going to change your life.

Despite my best intentions and sincere belief that anyone can live the life of their dreams, I can’t make that happen for you. I write to motivate, encourage and inspire. But without the internal desire and an ambition to change, my efforts are worthless.

They’re just words.

I can’t take you by the hand and lead the way.

I can’t stand behind you and kick you in the ass…

You can’t expect your life to be any different when you wake up in the morning until you start doing something to change it.  Each day is going to be just like the last … an eternal loop of the day before. If you want something different, you have to do something different. If you keep doing the same thing day after day after day, you’re always going to get the same results.

Changing your life isn’t about changing who you are.

“You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis.” ~ Tyler Durden, Fight Club

It’s about discovering who you really are and what you want out of life. It’s about figuring out what matters to you and what doesn’t. It’s about stripping away the bullshit (and there’s a lot of it) so that the essence of who you are can finally shine through. It’s about living in line with your values, your beliefs and in pursuit of your vision of a meaningful life.

 But to get there, you have to force yourself out of your comfort zone.

Today is thanks to yesterday and tomorrow depends upon what you do today. Forcing yourself into uncomfortable situations, doing strange (sometimes terrifying) things, traveling to exotic places and meeting new people … these are the things that will change your life.

Sitting at home watching The Biggest Loser isn’t going to help you lose weight. Reading inspirational blogs is pointless unless you act upon that inspiration. Dreaming about that vacation isn’t going to get you anywhere. You must take action! So turn off the TV and go for a walk. Use your newfound inspiration to create something beautiful. Stop dreaming and start planning…

The life of your dreams is out there waiting.

Do you have the courage to live it?

Stranger

A Stranger in a Strange Land

I’ve always thought that the rules only apply to those who are willing to follow them.

I spent much of my childhood staying out after dark to play in cemeteries, breaking into old abandoned buildings and starting fires. As a teenager I was labeled as a “troubled” child by my high school guidance counselor because I wore black lipstick and nail polish, a spiked collar, platform boots and Marilyn Manson shirts.

But the “rules” change as we get older. The expectations are different and more subtle than before.

Instead of rules imposed by our parents or authority figures like those of our childhood, the rules are implied through the cues we receive from our peers, by the media and through corporate advertising. We’re expected to behave in a certain manner, to drive a certain type of car and to wear a certain style of clothing. Knowing who was voted out last night has become a vital piece of information necessary for the conversation we’re about to have…

I’ve never been able to bring myself to care about the cultural expectations of my beloved country of America. My way of thinking about life doesn’t fit with the average American mindset and because of this I’ve spent my entire life with fingers pointed at me as being someone with a “problem.” I’ve been told countless times that I should seek psychological help.

And for a while I bought into it.

Maybe I was the one with the problem. I’m the only person who seems disappointed in our culture and society while everyone else is happily following the herd, never questioning anything. Maybe I need Prozac to make me feel better … that seems like a socially acceptable thing to do; take a drug to make myself feel better (all the while pointing a judgmental finger at people who smoke marijuana. Does anyone else find irony in that?) Maybe a pill will solve all my “problems.”

Maybe it would make sense to seek professional help and talk to someone about my disgust for our culture; someone who will no doubt go home that night to watch the latest episode of Survivor and The Biggest Loser while I’m left believing it’s me who has the problem because I just can’t bring myself to give a fuck about who’s going to be voted off the island.

But I’m not buying it anymore.

I’m not the one with the problem. I just see the world in a different light than do most people. A light in which I refuse to let myself become a zombie, mindlessly following the fabricated trends of the moment. I will not be told who I’m supposed to be or how I’m supposed to feel by a psychologist who can only benefit from my having a “condition.”

The truth is, I’m happy with my life and if there is something “wrong” with me, it’s that I refuse to accept the aspects of our culture which I consider a waste of precious time. If I am depressed, it’s because I’ve been unable to convince other people that they don’t need to buy more shit in order to be happy; that they don’t have to watch five hours of television a day; that they don’t need to see the latest viral video on YouTube.

What our society needs is to unplug; from the media, from the news, from the Internet, from the advertising, and instead focus the attention we’ve been wasting on bullshit on the people and moments that make life worth living.

Happiness doesn’t come from a pill.

And I’m not the one with a problem.