Make your life your novel


Almost everyone has tried to write a book at some point in their life. It might be three pages long and half developed or it might be a full three page novel they can’t stop editing. If you ask someone what they would like to write a book about, practically every single person can think of something they’ve secretly been working on mentally. However, there obviously isn’t a book on the shelves for every person who wants to write one because they usually don’t even find their way onto paper.

There’s lots of reasons why a book doesn’t come into fruition. The person forgets the idea, they discard it, life gets in the way and they don’t work on it, they complete it and never get it published, they try to get it published and no one wants it; there’s so many things that can sway a book from publication. The big factor, though, is the individual who wants to write it. We don’t write books because we usually don’t have the self-control to do so. It’s not that the idea isn’t big enough, or that the plot isn’t developed enough. It’s the fact that we have to put our heads in the game on a daily basis and work on it until we make the idea big enough and the plot developed enough.

Not everyone is a writer, and not all writers are good at what they do. Writing is an incredibly difficult task, trying to get at the barest bones of communication. You don’t have to work on a book in order to feel successful in life, but we could all improve our self-discipline. It doesn’t matter what you want if you don’t do anything to get it. In some areas, writing a book is easier than other tasks because you can measure how much you’ve done through page number, word count, or chapters completed. So give yourself a measure! Make a checklist and fill out your goals. Don’t let your ambitions be unrealized, but seek them out every day, because every day is a gift.

Make music but make friends first

As physics has progressed as a field, we’ve gradually realized that basically everything is made of waves. Light, gravity, even physical objects are frequencies in some aspect. So actually, it makes sense that sound waves connect to us, because that’s the nature of our reality. Somehow mixes of rhythms and notes with a variety of volumes can speak volumes to our sense of self. Music is the closest thing we have to magic, and it can be absolutely amazing. The focus word there is “can”. If you’ve ever heard any normal children’s choir, you can attest that not everyone can reach the level of magic through music. 

What’s even more amazing is the parents somehow seeing past the horrid screeching at looking at their child with pride. Here you have something that can move people to tears, inspire billions, convince people to give up higher paying jobs, and instead it’s a wreck. But it doesn’t matter because it’s parents caring about what their children do.

Music is incredibly important, in so many ways. Yet it’s power depends on making us feel connected to other people. Songs are great because the emotions it gives you make you feel less alone in feeling them. As to say, music is great because it means that people have felt the same way you have. We need people. We need annoying people to remind us that patience is a virtue. We need beautiful friends to encourage us. We need authority to keep order and challenge when corrupt. There are lots of marvelous things, topics to delve into and analyze, but we should never forget that things aren’t as important as our relationships with others. 

Appreciation of Originality or lack thereof 

When an artist sits down and creates something, they view that thing as original. However, are we ever truly original? Even more accurately, do we ever really “create” anything, or just reorder materials? If it’s an almost an exact reordering, then its either a dispicable plagery or a marvelous copy. What is “new” depends on the situation, on our past experiences, and the knowledge that nothing is 100% original. We just do the best we can. 

To do the honorable thing would be to understand each process, to see each mechanism and appreciate its origin. But frankly, little Eli isn’t going to be thinking of the history of wax when he scribbles on a piece of paper. For most people and most situations, we don’t think about the origin. Are french fries really french? Why do we say “from out of the blue”? What makes blue frosting blue without tasting like blueberries? No one cares because it’s not as pressing a matter.

However, as we grow older and become more educated, we should. If you take the metro everyday, shouldn’t you understand it’s past and creators? Everywhere we look we can see where people have put in effort. We just don’t focus on it because it doesn’t particularly matter to us. Still, maybe even just once a day, look around. Be grateful. 

In the words of Ferris Bueller, “Life comes at you pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around every once in a while, you could miss it.”

Step by step dolphin training

What we want is mostly irrelevant. Likely millions of other people want the same sorts of things. We are held in check by going after them by these silly things called responsibilites. That’s why the childhood dream of adulthood is so far off; adults technically could do whatever they want, but do they have the resources for it? Would their credit score be impacted? Would the people closest be okay with it? There’s so many factors in the idea of “adult freedom”. However, we are given a wonderful opportunity.

That opportunity is life itself. I could want sleep, food, a few spare billion dollars, and a more clear cut view of the future instead of the responsibility of work. The fact is, what I want isn’t going to fall into my lap. However, I can do two things to significantly make my situation better. 

1. I can work out how I’m going to reach my goals. We can write out plans, research opportunites, and actually take those risks. Want to become a dolphin trainer? Where’s the nearest training academy? Maybe you live in Idaho, work out how you’re going to save up money, and make a kickstart. In the meantime, read some books on it! See if you want it enough even after reading through manuals. 

2. I can be grateful for where I’m at. Someone always has it worse and someone always has it better. There are always pros and cons. Achieving your goals isn’t going to make everything work out perfectly. Being a CEO means a lot of money, but it also means a lot of stress. Every situation can teach us something. 

So do something about your goals. Live. Refine what you want, nail it down, and go after it. Today is a good day to be the best self you can be.