Let’s do more than simply marking time.

Perhaps it was celebrating my 45th birthday last month. Maybe it was leafing through old photos and realizing that my children are growing up so fast right before my eyes. It may even be that creaky back I have every time I take the first tee shot of the day. It may have been one of these things, none of these things or a combination but recently it feels like I have had a bit of a revelation and if any of you, no matter the age, feel it also then I hope these words make sense.
Please understand that these words are not meant to be preachy or to pretend I know something so profound that it has escaped all of you. To be honest I think it is something that all of us deal with during our lives. I am not talking about the typical, “Why I am here?” question that many people smarter than I have puzzled over for years and years. I am thinking of something of more simple, something a little a basic, something not answered in the cosmos or in a redundant Dr. Phil self – help book. What I began to think about was this. Am I living life or just going through the motions? I mean, obviously I am alive and taking up space every day but is that all there is to it? I started to get a little concerned that maybe I wasn’t getting as much as I could get out of this particular roller coaster ride and since I don’t get to buy more tickets and ride again maybe I should make a little more out of it.
I am going to admit things are pretty darn good in my life and there are many, many people who have it way worse than me. I have a good career, tremendous kids who amaze me every day, a beautiful girlfriend who is an absolute rock star and a lovely home. All in all not a bad gig for a frumpy, 45 year old in Davison, Mi. Trust me I don’t want to trade any of it in. However, what if being complacent and comfortable is keeping me from experiencing even more in life. This is what I started thinking about and let me to branch out and try things a little differently. My goal and one that I had kept under was to try to my hand at writing. I had received some positive feedback on my blog, kind words about my social media work but never thought about taking that next step. I mean really, real writers have real talent and study their craft for years. Frankly, wasn’t I a little behind the curve here? What are the odds a middle aged guy with a job, career and household could even pull off even a small amount of success? What If I through myself out there and found out I was a talentless hack? What if I wasted time and resources that could be used for the family? Then I stepped back and realized this. Who gives a shit. If it turns out I can’t write a damn thing worthwhile my life will still be just fine. Will my kids love me less? Will I go bankrupt and lose my dream girl? The answer people is this, no. So here is what I ask of you, give it a shot. Whatever it is that you want go out and get it. I am not asking you all to quit jobs or abandon your families or do something foolish. What I am saying is there is a way to do it. I wanted to expand my writing so I found an online course at Gotham Writers Workshop in NYC and I am off and running. So here it is people, get out there and go for what you want. Hey single guys, that lovely brunette you see at the coffee shop during the week, go ask her out. Ladies, you have a desire to learn karate but don’t want to be embarrassed? Screw that. Get out there and kick some stuff. The bottom line is this folks, this is one ride, with one ticket and don’t you really want to have the maximum damn fun you can ?

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  1. Steve Nelson

     /  July 25, 2014

    So true Craig!! Very good!


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