Wisdom from the past: Mark Twain

It’s been a while since I did one of these pieces. From time to time on this blog I like to post quotes from famous people and try to articulate an application into today’s reality.

The quote….

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

It’s a very interesting quote as many people can cite several “important” days in their lives. A marriage, a death of a loved one, birth of a child…. I don’t think Twain ignores those completely, his point here is finding out why you were born, or rather, what you are called to do is one of the most important days of your life.

Of course your birth is #1, without it you wouldn’t be here. However, finding out why you were born, what you purpose is, what you want to do. If you get there (some of us never do) your reaming days should be fulfilling and joyful. One of the issues we have now is there is SO MUCH to do. Write a blog, get a job, collect watches on and on and on and on.

It may take years for you to find what it is you love to do. When you do, if you do (and I hope you do) it will be one of the most important days of your life. Don’t stop searching for your one thing, you might be surprised what it is or where it could be found. Guy I went to high school with, a major partier/stoner now does sandcastle competitions. He loves it, it brings him joy and he didn’t discover it until he was nearly 30 years old!

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Beyond the Trees

Your one thing

Have you done it yet? Have you figured out what makes you happy? I don’t mean the standard “family, kids, my home” everyone says that. I mean you, what makes you happy? Is it miniature golf? Do you collect old pocket watches? Do you wear 1950’s clothing?

Something outside of the norm makes you happy. Me? I like to game. I know “he’s a 50-year-old gamer, GG boomer” I’ve heard it all. Yet, I have been gaming since 1983, longer than most gamers have been alive. Is it a waste of time? Not for me. Is it a silly hobby? Not for me. See I have something outside the norm that makes me happy. I know what it is, I am comfortable with it and most importantly I make time for it.

It’s time to go out on a limb and find your one thing.

How about you? What’s your one odd thing? The time is now, stop screwing around attempting to measure up to whatever the societal norm is today. Everyone has that one thing they think is cool that they keep within themselves and don’t reveal to others. It’s time to let it out and start investing time into it.

No one else is going to come along and do this for you. You have to be honest with yourself, no matter what this “thing” is. Maybe it’s a kink? Maybe it’s wearing horrible shoes? Stop hiding, let yourself out. Let yourself have fun, let yourself do that one thing more. Some examples:

  1. A coworker of mine breeds snakes
  2. My niece every year plays a character at a medieval renaissance fair
  3. My wife does stain glass
  4. My friend Shane collects Wrestling Memorabilia
  5. The football coach in my town is part of a Mazda Miata owners club

Time is slipping away, what’s your one thing?

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