I have a serious problem right now. It seems that the older I get, the faster time moves. Yesterday I was 12 years old, playing hockey outside without a single care in the world. Then I blinked… And I’m 27, saying good-bye to another year with a laptop full of accomplishments and failures, ready to take on the new year like a spartan army with their back’s against the wall. I understand why time is flying by… But what can I do to slow it down? Can I slow it down? Some say it’s all about stopping to smell the roses, and taking the time to appreciate the finer things in life:
Like midgets and candle wax.
All in all, I’m in a much better place now than I was when this year started. 2008 began with Veronica, her family and myself grieving the passing of her father – who was the type of person that you only encounter every other lifetime. His death was an event that set me over the edge, plummeting towards what is most important and completely abandoning everything deemed to be secondary, without the slightest hesitation.
Not only did that moment get my ass into gear, but it also made me re-evaluate (for the 37th time) this college-to-cubicle system of work that’s been accepted by the general population – put in your 35 years of service to society, and retire, having accomplished nothing along the way. It’s legalized slave labor as far as I’m concerned. There is zero emphasis on passion and dream catching, and total focus on stability and safety. Taking risks is, well, risky – and risky will not secure your future. Show up for work on time, maintain neutrality and indifference, and when it’s time for the final vacation, you’ll be taken care of.
As the Wizard of Oz once said, “Not no way! Not no how!”
On a high note, this year has ended with me clearing my 3rd consecutive month profiting over $1000 online. I’ve positioned myself and made my mark. I’ve met some of the most amazing people who will, without a doubt in my mind, be future business partners and vacation buddies. I’ve discovered a world of possibilities, beneath the sales hype and secrets, that will provide Veronica and I with safety and stability of a different color. A world where we determine our hours, our rewards and our shortcomings. A world where we are in control of the books…
In the blink of an eye I have become a man. A man who is leaving in an hour to sip scotch and bring in 2009 amongst the company of my successful circle. People who’s words I appreciate, and consultation I seek in times of desperation. If all of you were here, I would be celebrating with you as well – because you guys have kept me going. I’ve created this place where I can speak freely, and you crazy bastards have accepted me from the get-go! Whether your laughing with me or at me is irrelevant – but the fact that you stop by whenever you get a minute and share stories with me still blows my mind to this very day.
Word is bond…
Please take some time to think about where 2008 started for you, and where it has ended. Look towards 2009 with a pen and pad handy – and begin to sculpt your future. I strongly believe that 12 months is all it takes to go from struggling to comfortable, and with the right plan and network of people surrounding you – success will come knocking. I wish you all the best in the new year, and hope to see each and every one of you at the top!
Oh yeah, if you’re going out tonight, don’t drink and drive. If you see someone who’s getting ready to drive, take their keys and give them a pillow. Don’t be stupid, stupid!