It’s not about the number at the end, It’s about the journey. Now I’m not anywhere close to retiring or anything like that, I’m only just beginning. Now the reason why this quote hit me, is because nowadays I think some people not all. But some people are looking at life and living wrong. The last few posts I talked about getting old, and how I used to be a zombie just getting by and that’s it. Well if you have big goals or you want to help people and accomplish something special with your time here on earth. Well, then you might have to put a little extra work in your life or every day.
“I don’t ever expect to be sixty years old. Not that it is old, but I simply prefer to wear out from hard work before then” – General George S. Patton
I FInally Get It
Honestly, I don’t know much about Patton and the kind of person he was or really the man himself. I do know, that in his early years he struggled in school and with reading. Sound familiar haha? Later they said he became an avid reader, well I don’t think I’m there yet but I’m getting close.
Life is special I get that now, I know how stupid that sounds. It took me a long time to figure that out. I guarantee I’m not the first one to miss that, just like I have missed it for a number of years. My mindset is now clear, with what I want to do and what’s ahead of me now. You know what, yours can be clear as well. All you need to do is keep searching and keep working every day. Regardless of where you are in life, what you’re doing or how down you are. You just need to keep living and making the most of it.
In an old post, I mentioned about life should be a vacation. Well, it’s true I think life should be a vacation. Now that doesn’t mean you don’t have to work, or shouldn’t work. I love working, I love staying busy and being active. It keeps me busy I feel like I’m working on something productive. Plus, it prevents me from doing something stupid and pointless that won’t really benefit me in life.
Even though I’m starting to enjoy life again and be happy, that doesn’t mean I’m not working and not enjoying what I’m doing. I probably should have been keeping track of how many hours I put into my writing and blog since I started it. Honestly, it doesn’t matter how many hours, even if its 40 hours like a normal full-time job. To me that doesn’t seem like work, that’s a hobby still right now. Now I know I’m not getting paid for this or I haven’t published my books yet to make some money yet. Who cares, If I don’t ever blow up and become the next big writer. Yes, that will suck and I’ll be very sad and disappointed. That’s life you move on, and keep going and working for what’s next and in front of you.
It’s Not The Number Its What You Do
Maybe I won’t sell millions of copies in my books for an example. If some authors in their lifetime sell 3,000 copies which Google says that is the average for a lifetime. I would rather sell a smaller number and have a bigger impact on people’s lives. I’m not doing this for the money and the number of books I’m trying to sell.
Like Patton’s quote, how he said he doesn’t expect to live to his 60’s. Well, I want to live as long as possible and have a good and happy life. Now, of course, I don’t get to ask for that and wish for it. Whether you like Patton or agree with what he says. I completely agree with him, I would rather die earlier and accomplish more and do more in those 60 years like person A. Then spread it out and live to my 90’s and do half of the stuff person A accomplish in the 60-year life.
Live In The Moment
I know life is special and we all should show the respect to time that it deserves. To me, I don’t want to just get by and be average anymore like I used to be. I’m far from average and normal. Now in some areas, I’m below average, I get that. But in a lot of areas, I think I’m well above average. We all have weaknesses and strengths. That’s what makes all of us unique and special.
Even though some days might be harder if your struggling, I get that and it’s not fun. The plus side is whatever weaknesses and faults you might have, there is always room for improvement in those areas. Just like life and what Patton said. When it’s your time and you take your last breath, you should be exhausted and tired and ok with what’s waiting for you ahead. You don’t want to see death down the road. Looking at it in the eyes, and think to yourself CRAP, I’m not ready and start panicking and freaking about it.
If that’s the mindset that you have right now, or that’s where you think you’re going. That’s not good, but here’s the beautiful thing. There is still time to change your work ethic and what you want to do and accomplish in front of you. Stop putting off what you want to accomplish or where you want to travel. Who knows if you will even have a tomorrow, so live in the moment why you can.