I'm going to be awesome one day. You'll see!
At some point in their lives every teenager wonders something. Where their lives are heading, and what decisions they are going to make in life.
Often they go to University (Or college). Often they just roll into a job, only to emerge when they're 65. Some decide to see the world, and others just settle down and bounce from career to career. Some people aren't even lucky enough to have a choice. They are simply forced into a life of back-breaking labor. And that really does suck, big time. So really, as a whole I'm in a very fortunate position to be able to make a choice, and decide now what I want to do. And decide now where I want my life to go.
And I've decided, I want my life to be awesome.
In many ways, I already have an awesome life.
I've got an utterly amazing and completely gorgeous girlfriend.
I've got friends who are reliable and completely brilliant in every way.
I have a roof over my head, where my amazing family resides.
And I actually have a job, which earns me a wage enough to stay happy.
So yes, my life is awesome, and I'm pretty sure yours is too.
But usually, people in this position aren't happy. Seriously, look at the statistics. China is a pretty nice example because the rate of industry and growth is going up, yet generally the happiness rates are going down!
The un-happiest people on earth are the Italians, apparently, and in America they hand out over a million prescriptions for Prozac every year! Japan has the highest suicide rate in the world, yet in Nigeria, where the average person makes £190 a year ($300), the rate of happiness is way up, higher than Italy, America and even England!
What am I getting at here? Well if the people who have more in their lives are unhappy, does it have to do with the actual fact that they do have more? Do people who have the internet, video games, and daytime TV at their very fingertips end up unhappier than those who have nothing? I read a statement recently that made me laugh. "Executives can cry about the $500,000 salary cap that comes with taking government bailout money. Their friends are making $3 Million a year and live in an igloo made out of cocaine. We can laugh at their complaints, but of course then you're giving the Nigerian permission to laugh at yours. That guy made 100 times more than you, you made 100 times more than the Nigerian." It's somewhat true.
So perhaps less is more. And if so, would quitting the internet, going out, and enjoying the little things in life make me awesome? Would it make my life awesome?
Not necessarily. Sure perhaps I would be happier selling my Xbox and DVD collection, but they're fillers of time. I barely use them anyway. Perhaps that's enough reason to sell them but in all honesty, that's not what I want to do.
But the little things in life do matter. I recently started some more work on my car at home. The brakes were seized and needed to be un-seized. I'd heard a good method of going this was to use a big hammer and hitting the Calliper, so I went and fetched one. After about an hour of hammering, pulling, pushing and tugging every which way possible on the rear-right quarter, the brake just wouldn't move. I called it a waste of time, threw my toys out of the pram and left it at that.
The next day I went to the car and realized, I'd tried for an hour to move the brake, whilst the hand-brake was on!
Some people would say this made me an idiot, and I should have been embarrassed. Not me, hell it made my day. So sometimes the little things in life do matter. The little success stories make everything worthwhile.
There's even a website devoted to these little success stories.
So how does this relate to the original statement of "I'm going to be awesome."
Well I said you had a choice as a teenager regarding which path to follow, and regarding what you wanted from life. Well, I want my life to be awesome. And it already is to a great extent. But awesome-ness is completely subjective according to Julian smith. So what I think is awesome in life, may not be what you think is awesome. I like watching Die Hard movies, do you? Probably not.
So to be awesome, and to make my life more awesome, what should I do? Follow something that I'm genuinely interested in? Travel? Take risks and live life to it's fullest? Maybe. It couldn't hurt though...I'd end up with a few more stories to tell and a lot more experiences. Or if I'm unlucky it could mean a lifetime of regret and deep down resentment. Who knows. But at least I couldn't say I hadn't tried.
So what next? Maybe I'll go to China, and teach children to read English like one of my friends (Speaking of which, isn't that awesome?) Maybe I'll undertake a college course, and proceed upon a career I want. Maybe I'll take a big risk and start a company?!
Well, I've taken the first step into doing something that I want, and I've applied to join the police.
And you know what? I've passed the tests. And I start training soon.
Anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
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