Are You Getting More Awesome Every Day?
I'm lying in bed after a long late night skate through city listening to Swedish punk rock bands. My brain is buzzing. I know there is no point in trying to sleep, so I take out my mission statement and give it a review.
1. To live in peace
2. To see the truth
To find fulfillment
To make the most of my life
3. To kick arse (?)
I don't know what fulfillment is, I don't know how to make the most of my life and I might want to prosper and I might want to flourish but not enough to actually motivate me to action. So my defacto mission becomes "to kick arse".
To kick arse. I know what it means, but like all my other attempts at finding a third mission I don't know how to get there. Is this just a convenient excuse to spend more time surfing and skateboarding?
My mind wanders. I think back to stuff I had posted to Facebook. "Judge yourself by your own standards", "believe in love, not marriage" and other pearls of wisdom like "never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear".
Then I remember something else I had posted. It was one of those tingling epiphanies that creep up on you in the night. An idea that slipped past security and launched a stealth attack with brutal precision.
"Instead of comparing yourself to others, compare yourself to yourself. Are you getting more awesome every day?"
My heart started to race. This was it. This was my elusive mission number three, all the time buried in the annals of my Facebook timeline.
3. To become more awesome every day.
I know what this means and I know how to do it. It's something I can measure, something I can hold myself accountable to and something that will drive me to do more than surf, practise somersaults on the beach and chase girls.
Look out world.
Here I come.Are You Getting More Awesome Every Day?
Roger Keays is an artist, an engineer, and a student of life. Since he left Australia in 2009, he has been living as a digital nomad in over 40 different countries around the world. Roger is addicted to surfing. His other interests are music, psychology, languages, and finding good food. Click here to subscribe to his weekly blog, or stalk him on Facebook and Twitter.