We Are Wasting Our Time

What do you want more of in your life?What do you want less of?

Why aren't we doing more of what we want and less of what we don't?


The fact that people do things they don't want to do, and don't do things they specifically want to do, completely confuddles me.

I understand that some people have shitty jobs that they hate, and some people literally can't get out of those jobs. But I have a feeling that most people never really try to get out of them. They use their jobs as an excuse to keep doing nothing. Or they aren't sure what they want to do, so they never do anything.

But to that I say bullshit.

How many people say "Man, I really need to quit smoking." and then light up another cigarette? I know addiction is a powerful thing, but it can't be that powerful. It really can't. If it is then mankind is surely doomed. Why do you keep buying cigarettes? Why do you keep lighting them and smoking them? How do you intend to quit if you are not quitting? It makes no sense to me. Is this really what is happening to our society? Because that is pretty depressing. Are we really that powerless? Or are we just completely lazy?

Either way I think it's fairly easy to admit that something is wrong here. Being addicted to smoking is one issue, but it sets the stage for this huge waste of potential that is happening all over the place.

Make a list of things that you do on a daily or weekly basis, and then make a list of things you wish you did on a daily or weekly basis. Compare the lists. And then make a list of things you are sick of doing on a daily or weekly basis.

Now do it.

One time I was drinking a nice mug of coffee on a really cold day in Fayetteville and I saw a friend of mine on campus and stopped to chat for a second. I was sipping my warm coffee and she said

"Man, that looks good. I wish I could drink coffee."

"Why can't you?" I asked.

"I don't like it." She said.

What? That makes no sense to me. None whatsoever. Number one - you can drink coffee; number two - if you don't like it, why would you want to drink it? There are plenty of other satisfying hot drinks for a cold winters day.

So here is my advice for life:

1. Do what you want.

2. Stop doing what you don't want.

Does that make sense? Is it simple enough? If it seems like too much, just focus on number one, then move on to number two when you are ready.

But, why wouldn't you be ready?

To steal a line from my brother - more TK