An ode to an introduction by I believe, Larry the Cable Guy, I almost pissed myself laughing when he walked on stage and said “whats up fuckers” in 8th grade. I hope that it made you laugh as well. Well finally, I am settling down, in Hawaii how crazy is that? I do not believe it will be incredibly long. My minimum stay will be two months, I do not currently have a max here but I think it will most likely become 6 months or at maximum probably my 25th birthday next year. Of course if I am away that long I will stop at home some time and look forward to seeing all of you who helped raise me. I also would love to extend an invitation to anyone to come visit me, or even just talk on the phone or become pen pals. ( I am lonely and a bit homesick Ill admit it)
Well the question everyone has been asking, other than, when are you sleeping, how are you paying for this, are you sure you’re okay, is ultimately what’s next, what’s the gameplan, what’s the end goal. To be completely honest I have no idea. Like no clue at all, I have plenty of ideas, but in the end what is a castle in the air worth if you are not willing to build a foundation under it.
My paths are starting to narrow down to artist (content creating), philospher ( because I know I am so fucking stupid it would at least be original), Adventure Laborist (like a venture capatalist but one who moves around to help people start companies) a hostel owner, a monk, a surfer, and a serial entrepreneur, so however I can do all those and also read, learn languages, stay in shape and learn new hobbies, that is what the end goal is, that is my castle in the air and I will fight tooth and nail to put a foundation under it.
I read Emerson’s essay on self reliance last time around this year. That essay and Tim Ferris’s 4 Hour Work Week, coupled with my Dad’s second year death anniversary ( always harder than the first) and also losing Chase Meola, one of the purest souls I ever have had the pleasure of meeting on this weird little planet we call earth, created such a cognitive dissonance in my life that I was forced to resign from my job because I was under going 1-3 panic attacks a day. Landed myself in intensive outpatient for 3 years. I finally listened to it again and I am going to use some quotes to explain why I am doing what I am doing. I may say what some mean to me but who better to hear it from than one of Americas Greatest Philosophers. I will also add a little Thoreau in there.
“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — ‘Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.’ — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.” –
This one I think is so important for people of todays age to realize. You do not have to be a republican or democrat, a fan of capatalism or communism, a jew a christian a muslim a buddhist or follow Hinduism ( Idk what thats called). You can just be you, learn every day so that tomorrow you are never the same
“My life is not an apology, but a life. It is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady.”
“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.”
“Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.”
Finally some Thoreau from his greatest work, Walden,
“I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.”
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau, 18. Conclusion, Walden ( I am not original nearly a man standing on the shoulders of giants who walked before me) [Thats also a quote I just dont know where from or how exactly to say it]
“However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names.” –
Hope you guys enjoyed those quotes ad they made you think. I will probably have a lot more written by the time you wake up so take it slow. It will be a lot.
Keep on Keeping on,