Do you ever stop to think about how crazy life is? Do you ever think about the things you “want” versus the things you have?
Well, if you know me at all, you know I spend a lot of time pondering life’s questions just like these…
Here’s where I’m going with this:
For most of us, we spend the majority of our lives trying to make enough money to do the things we “want”. It seems that no matter how much money we make, it’s just never enough. The funny thing about things is that they’re infinite. The good news is that so is money, so the ability to keep working to make money to collect “things” will always exist!
The funny thing is that most of the people who have lots of “things” are sometimes the least happy. Apparently, money can buy things, but it can’t buy happiness!?! Wait, so that sucks? I spend my whole life working to make money so that I can have things, but things don’t make me happy? Then why do I work?!?!
Well, my friends, that is why I’m laying in bed wide awake at 5:30am in a random hotel room in upstate Maine in the middle of Winter!
Ya see, I’m on a different quest. I’ve been fortunate to have opportunities to live outside the box of normality. I’m blessed to have had the chance to live my dreams and continue to do so on a daily basis. I recently walked away from a solid career opportunity (and a big time salary) to chase my dreams as a motorsports entrepreneur. Now, keep in mind that I tried this adventure once before…and that led to bankruptcy and repossession.
So what leads a guy who’s seen his truck being hauled away on a hook because he couldn’t afford to pay for it back down the very same road that got him there before?
Women. I say women. It’s always those darn women!
Oh wait, no. Wrong blog post. Just kidding! 😉
It’s being happy. True enjoyment is worse than a drug; it’s a curse. It’s the reason people who’ve eaten a $60 piece of meat don’t go to Ponderosa; they just don’t want to!
Okay, so what in the world am I talking about?
Let me tell you a little story…
My name is Dave Dusick. I started driving go-karts at the age of 3 & starting driving competitively at the age of 5. By 15, I had ten years experience in an industry that became the definition for my life. At 19 years old, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime; to become an employee at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For a kid who’s spent 16 of his 19 years dedicated to the sport of auto-racing, it’s a no brainer! “Duh!” was really the only logical answer to that phone call…
But, on some days, it could be considered the worst career move I’ve ever made.
What? Am I drunk? It’s 5:30am, heck, I suppose I still could be!
No, I’m not.
Here’s my take on it:
When you are 19 years old and you’re given the opportunity to stand at the pinnacle of the industry for which you love, there is only one place to go: down. No, I’m not defying my #PowerOfPositivity pledge, I’m simply stating a fact. The truth is, it’s tough to find a following act for the Job of Your Dreams; especially in your 20’s…
I’ve spent the better part of the last ten years trying to find that “following act” to my dream job. What I’ve learned is that it’s not one “thing”. In fact, having a job greater than my dreams at the age of 19 wasn’t a “Dream Job”, it was merely a stepping stone to what has become a “Dream Life”…
So, what’s my point?
Happiness is a fish that you can catch, but you’ve got to learn to be creative with the definition of a fish.
No matter where you are in life, there’s always a “flip side”. No matter who you compare yourself to, they’ve always got a “yeah, but…” in their life.
In my opinion, life isn’t about achieving dreams or goals; heck, for me it’s been about stumbling upon things so far greater than your dreams and goals that you didn’t even know they existed!!
Life is about defining the things are important to you and spending time enjoying those things…
[*Random Public Service Announcement: Give to Goodwill. You’d be amazed at how many things in your closet that someone out there is dying to have…]
Okay, the sun is coming up over the “mountains” and I think it’s time to go enjoy being stranded at a ski-hill in Maine while my boots & snow gear are resting comfortably in the Philly airport!
So, as the sun comes up this morning wherever you are, stop and think about what you do & why you do it. Ask yourself, am I working towards something or am I just collecting “things”…?
#LiveLife; it’s the only one you get.