Quit your job and go find a tree

So, the other day I had a thought:

“If you no longer have a desire to go out on a limb, quit your job and go find a tree.”

That thought has been vibrating in my head so much lately. I think we all have a belief that at some point in our lives we will create, do, or accomplish something that will change the world–that we will find immortality through what we make. Somewhere, in the daily toil, that desire gets lost. We wake up, go to work, keep our heads down, collect a paycheck and do it all over again. The desire is hidden in that rat-race shuffle, paled to process such that our once radiant aspirations are hardly more than an annoyance; an annoyance so strong that we snicker and condemn those whose desires still burn, “You’ll never be able to do that,” we say, “It’s impossible,” we assume, “You’re wasting your time.”

The truth is, we only live once. If you have ever had a desire to do something, do it. Today. Everything else is an excuse. Your obligations should not keep you from your dream, but inspire it–drive it into fruition. And don’t confuse making millions with accomplishing your opus. These things are monumentally different. Do something because you want it. It will not be easy, but neither was The Creation of Adam or The Republic, works that simply by being have changed the world and will be marveled through all time. What gleaming genius forged them into reality sparkle within you all the same. What separates you, me, and Plato is only a bit more courage; pushing through the BS and realizing you can do anything you want if you want it enough. Never, ever let anyone tell you what you cannot do. Go big.

“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. ” -Thoreau.

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I am often asked what I do for a living; the simple answer is, I make stuff. I make stuff with my bare hands, with code, with colors, with words. I aid in making the people around me realize their optimumĀ selves. I make my mother proud. I try to make my kids happy and encourage them to contribute more than they consume. I make sure self comes first. I make money. I make my own luck. I make a pretty solid french toast. And I do all that I can everyday to make the world better than it was yesterday.