In It for the Long Haul

I’m in it for the long haul – life that is.

What an eventful couple of weeks, in some great ways and a not so great so ways!  I had a death in the family, a pile of medical bills come in, and enough school work to drown in –  it sucked!  But you know what,?  This is just the beginning.

My mom bought me a book this week that I started reading, The Opposite of Lonlieness.  The story is tragic of a young, brilliant, successful twenty something who was killed in a car accident just days after graduating from Yale, the book is complied by her living friends and mentors to display how truly unique she was.

There was a paragraph in that book that just sort of brought a lot of things into perspective for me:

“We’re so young. We’re so young. We’re twenty-two years old. We have so much time. There’s this sentiment I sometimes sense, creeping in our collective conscious as we lay alone after a party, or pack up our books when we give in and go out – that it is somehow too late. That others are somehow ahead. More accomplished, more specialized. More on the path to somehow saving the world, somehow creating or inventing or improving. That it’s too late now to BEGIN a beginning and we must settle for continuance, for commencement.”

I’ve been drowning the last couple weeks, like really struggling.  I didn’t want to admit it, and I certainly have people that are holding me up, but I’ve just felt out.  This book, and this passage came at just the right time! 

TODAY is the day to get back on the horse, TODAY is the day to look forward.  I don’t care if you’re a twenty something, or you’re in your late sixties – tomorrow is coming and you can choose what you are going to do then.

I’m in it for the long haul, so come join me.  Did you know The Huffington Post isn’t even 10 years old and it’s the top blog on the internet for income?  In the next 10 years you could change the world, so go for it!  I’ve been sitting on some thought decisions the past few weeks.  Should I run my current business and start a second one, should I run two business together, or should I choose just one.  I don’t have an answer quite yet, but I’m on my way.  I’m only 20, I’ve got time!

If you are reading this, you are young enough, smart enough, and resourceful enough to start something great right now!  Whether it feels like the right time or not, just go for it!  I know it all sounds great in theory, but it can be great in practice too.  Nothing worth having comes easy, but anything worth having is worth working for!

I know this was a very wordy and long post, but it’s been a very long two weeks for me and it was time to share.  You don’t know exactly how my life has been, but you can see my takeaways.  Life’s short, make it count – but life is also long enough to enjoy.  Get out today, smell the air, do something crazy, make mistakes.  Love your life and live for now!

Until Next Time,

Zach “Dreaming Big” Spuckler

 

Comments

  1. says

    Hi Zach,
    Some people convince themselves when they are young that they are invincible, that nothing bad will ever happen to them, and so it would seem that they have the rest of their lives to “make it.”

    Some people convince themselves when they are older that they’ve seen better days, that the sun doesn’t shine as brightly as it once did, and that they don’t have much to offer the world any more.

    In either case, nothing is further from the truth. The Latin phrase Vita Brevis means “life is brief.” That infers that unless we are living according to our highest ideals, unless we are using our time, energy and resources into the one great thing that makes life richly rewarding and meaningful — that being our unique purpose — we are missing out.

    At every age, we have the capacity to learn, to grow, and to contribute.

    I wrote a two-line poem that says:

    Life is too short to live in a hurry
    Life is too long for heartache and worry.

    I’ve also created a BUTLERism for the word TODAY.
    TODAY is… The Only Day After Yesterday.

    NOW, as always, is the only time to live!

    Kind Regards,
    Bill

    • Zach says

      Hey Bill!

      Love the poem, life is too brief! I’m so glad I’ve got friends like you helping to keep me in motion!

      Zach

  2. says

    Oh Zach,

    I’m so sorry for your loss, that’s never an easy thing.

    No matter what age we are we just never know when our time will come so just enjoy every day minute of it and whatever you do don’t have any regrets. I know that things get in the way like life, school, family, works, etc. When that happens just take a step back, breath and know that it will all work itself out.

    I’m glad you’re okay at least and heading back in the right direction. I’m sure you’ll figure out what you should be doing but don’t bog yourself down now. I’ve always been given the advice to do one thing at a time until you’ve worked up to the place that you’re getting the results you want and then move to another one. When you put too much pressure on yourself you’ll reach burn out a lot quicker.

    Glad to have you back and enjoy your weekend.

    ~Adrienne

    • Zach says

      Thanks Adrienne,

      I’m definitely working on balanace, I’m always moving so sometimes taking time off is torture, but I need it! After this weekend I’ll be back into the swing of things!

      Thanks for the love and support,

      Zach

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