The Glass is Only 25% Full…Strap in For the Ride Baby!
Well Happy Friday, and the best one of the year at that! (Cue epic theme song)…
I haven’t always been known for my positive outlook on life, although I think I do a fair job of living life to the fullest. I’m sarcastic, to the point, and a little dry humored, but I’m OK with that…it’s part of the package.
Since graduating college, I have been on one giant adventure of epic proportions, (not that dissimilar to the Hobbits trek to Mt. Doom) in search of what defines me as a person, the experiences in life that make me content, making new friends, pursuing new relationships with people, and finding satisfaction and enjoyment in my professional career. I spent 2009 trying to figure out what the heck was going on, 2010 trying to turn my world rightside up again, and 2011 reaping the rewards of those roller coasters!! When I look back on this year, (September – September) all I can see is one life-defining event after another. It’s rather overwhelming really…
Typically, I’ve been very pensive and rather blasé about my birthdays… but this one seems different. I was under the illusion that graduating college meant that I had life figured out (much like I expected zits to go away after graduating high school). Clearly, I did not have life figured out, nor should anyone have it figured out at the “ripe old age” of 22. I’ve accepted the fact that I don’t need to have it figured out, but I finally feel like I’m well on my way.
Learning to adapt, be flexible, go with the flow, acting spontaneously, and just letting life happen are not things I did well before this year. It’s been a work in progress, but one which is exciting (finally) for me. Not only do I have a better understanding of my role as a person, but I am starting to understand my role in the world as Russell Aaron (play theme song if you haven’t done so). Russell the son/brother, the triathlete, the Star Wars nut, the trumpeter, the loyal friend, the MBA student, the Coordinator of Technology, the Halo fiend… I’ve become quite comfortable in my own skin, so look out world!
As someone constantly trying to improve myself and my life, it usually isn’t easy to sit back and let it all go by. However, I seem to have a new-found courage in just being me. Sure, I may be a little intense from time to time, but for those of you who know me, there’s much more going on in that head of mine. I’ve always said that when I reach 25 I’ll become an adult, a man, a *gasp* grown up! Well, that time has come and I better begin to embrace it.
I’m a fanatical goal setter, even sickening at sometimes, and for the first time in my life, the goal checklist that I had made for myself has been relatively taken care of. Usually, I would try and break my neck scratching meaningless items off of my list, but this year they were taken off one by one, little by little, in a manner that I didn’t even know it was happening until it was over and I had time to reflect on the events! That is a surefire sign on accomplishment…
So, I’m 25% through with my life (hopefully) and decided I have much more to look forward to. Looking back, this has just been one of those years! So much has happened and I’ve experienced and learned so much. I’ve become the man that I have always wanted to be, and what’s stopping me from continuing to do so?
Knowing that I’ve only experienced 1/4 of the adventures in my life is incredibly exciting. Some people may think that their life is 25 years closer to being done… I prefer the view that I’ve only been able to experience 25 years so far! If I think I’ve learned a lot, I’m in for a pleasant surprise!
The single greatest piece of encouragement I received during this time of my life can be summed up rather simply…“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
What a great burden to have lifted from our shoulders. And now, on with the celebration… here’s the theme song for this weekend!!!
What motivates you to make the most out life!?
Picture credit (I made the freaking epic logo. No credit required!!!)