….just kidding, I wouldn’t do that to you guys. I decided I would try not to piss you off with this one.
I had a fantastic weekend in Providence, Rhode Island, at The Outlaw Training Camp hosted by CrossFit Providence no less…where I met some awesome people like Judah (thanks for the lift/ride – ride means something very different in Ireland 😉 – & future nutrition info), Dan (thanks for being hilarious and a little crazy) and The CrossFit Craic fellas (thanks for being awesome).
Ever pathetically tried to find the answer to what you are looking for in a quote? Well I didn’t have to do that, instead, I was mentally smacked in the face by John McEvoy’s (co-owner of CrossFit Craic and fellow Irish) tattoo on Saturday. I think it is just brilliant. It certainly flipped a switch in my brain. And at a time when I needed it most.
‘Create a life you don’t need to escape from’ is what John has inked on his arm and he lives by it. Fricking beautiful. So simple, so obvious, yet too many of us miss this valuable point. Rudy asked John to explain the story behind the tattoo for the camp participants….
John’s explanation went something like this…
Basically, a guy was on vacation in a paradise-like resort and was sitting in a kabana – checking his email – at 2am, as you do. A couple walked by and passed comment about how sad it was that the guy in question felt compelled to check his email at such a time and in such a place. That guy was Seth Godin (successful author & marketing guru). In hindsight, Seth wished he had come up with a retort to the couples’ comment. The truth of the matter was that at that EXACT moment in time, Seth was doing EXACTLY what he wanted to be doing. He was happy, he was enjoying his life and he was checking his email, not because he HAD to, but because he WANTED to. He loves his job, he loves his life, all year around, every single day. He does not need to p*ss the weekends away with booze or book two weeks off a year to try to cope with the fact that he hates a massive part of his life, his occupation – what he devotes so much of his valuable time and energy to.
On average we work 100,000 hours in our lifetime. And that may not seem a lot because you might not think 100,000 dollars/euro is a lot of money anymore, but it is almost 1/4 of your life. Jaysus. You also spend 1/3 of your life sleeping (I SUCK at maths so you work out how much time you are left with to actually enjoy yourself). Better make d*mn sure that you do something really worthwhile then, like accountancy or administration. Vomit face.
Moral of the story?
Grow some balls and do something you love 70 hours a week instead of rotting behind a stupid desk.
‘Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.’