I rarely if ever post things about myself, and in all honesty I’d rather keep it that way— however, in order to ring in the new year and kick it off with a bang, I’m just going to share one bit of wisdom I learned from a highly-accomplished professor at a quite prestigious university in Japan, which is the quote for today: “Ichi go, Ichi e”. It means “Cherish every moment, because it will never occur again”. You can easily and loosely translate it to a plethora of meanings, but in essence it’s a more elegant form of ‘YOLO’, which I still wish to this day would hurry up and die down.
I’ve decided to make this my motto for this year. Certainly, it’s a quote I will indeed utilize for the rest of my life, but this year is a critical point for me (especially with my very ambitious resolutions).
I’ll get into my resolutions in the next posting, but for now let me just say this:
When you’re in your early teens, you have time to make mistakes and as long as you learn from them you’ll be fine. When you turn 18, your mistakes begin to have consequences, but people know you’ll still make many— you won’t be reprimanded severely long as it doesn’t violate any serious laws. When you turn 21, chances are you’ll end up in a police holding cell in Las Vegas or you’ll be in a random motel bathtub full of ice with a note telling you to call 911 because a kidney is gone. Once you hit 25 though, one forth of an ideal lifespan is gone. If you are already 25, have you ever asked yourself where all those years went? I have, and I can assure you I am concerned. There’s only 25 years left before I plan to retire, as by 50 many people hardly have the ability to compete with the youth in any real job market. I do not intend on settling with a simple 9-to-5 job ever again, but on the same token I do not intend on doing nothing with myself either.
For a couple years now, I’ve been working at a very promising business venture, yet before I knew it all my peers had left or quit and I was stuck with nowhere to go to but up. The person I looked up to gave me a snyde remark of ‘well, you were never producing any results’. I’m overjoyed now that I’ve seen her true colors. In turn, I took a major risk and went far above her and signed on with a very powerful man who really is the face of success in California: a true self-made millionaire, who came truly from nothing. However, she’s quite powerful in her own right and so my only chance of ripping off the target from my back is to outclass her. So from this point on, I am going to live life as a unique moment never to repeat again. I didn’t know at the time what things I was doing wrong, so I pushed the rest button on EVERYTHING except my family and close friends. All those that gave me negativity or bestowed upon me ‘tall poppy syndrome’ were cut before they could cut me again like many times before.
Now to wrap this up: If you read this and saw nothing but jumbled jargon from the mind of a middle-aged man sounding like he’s hit his midlife-crisis, then in a sense you’re correct. I’ve hit my quarter-life crisis. I have very little to show for my over 25 years on this earth with exception of some fine timepieces, a nice car, a decent living establishment, a great group of friends and mentors, cabinet full of top-shelf spirits/liqueurs, and a beautiful girlfriend with brains and personality to match. However, many people have what I have. What am I missing? The money and sense of security to hold onto all those things I treasure dearly. The ability to see a $25,000 home repair bill and have the only worry being what color to paint the walls afterwards. The ability to give to a charity because I care, rather than fall into political territory of which yields the greatest tax benefits. I will treat every day as an opportunity to make all my goals and dreams a reality. If not now, then when? The number of ‘tomorrows’ that come are limited only by your lifespan, but there is only one ‘today’. From now on I will NEVER take that for granted — I hope you choose to do the same.