"Your Whole Life is Ahead of You"

(Note: If you are capable of multitasking, I recommend listening to the video while reading this post. This is an awesome, lesser-know jam that will certainly put you in a good mood)

Two non-startup related, noteworthy things happened this week - one minor and one groundbreaking.

Minor: I went to the Dave Matthews Caravan in Atlantic City and saw a bunch of great music. Note to self: I need to get to more awesome shows starting immediately. (Although this song technically is written by Boyd Tinsley, I still thought it appropriate)

Groundbreaking: my brother’s wife just popped out their first child on Monday night - 7 lbs 15 oz little baby Gavin. I’m kinda surprised he didn’t come out with a fishing pole in one hand and a surfboard in the other.

The full line from the song is “Find some inspiration / It’s down deep inside of you / Amend your situation / Your whole life is ahead of you.”

How appropriate as I look at this new-born boy who just wants to eat and poop. “Your whole life is ahead of you.” And then I think to myself about how great of an uncle I am going to be and how I’m going to teach this kid about all the lessons I’ve learned and mistakes I’ve made. But then I start to think - I’ve only got 28 1/2 years on this kid. My whole life is ahead of me!

It’s something I am always unconsciously aware of, but it’s worth discussing. If I plan on living until I’m 80, which nowadays is more common than not, I still have 50 years left on this planet. I couldn’t imagine spending the next 30 - 50 years clocking in to some job I despise. I couldn’t imagine pretending all my learning was done in college and that I know everything I need to know. I couldn’t imagine not being truly happy and enjoying life and inspired to kick ass and take names for the next 50 years.

If you take out the years where I was just eating and pooping, that’s more than a double. Take all the time that I remember being on this planet, double it, and then tell me I’m going to float down some lazy river of life wherever it is going to take me and be miserable about the process. No thanks. I’ll blaze my own trails and love every second of it.

But by all means, if you want to believe your best days were in high school, your life is over at 32, the world is plotting against you, you have nothing to be happy about, don’t let me stand in your way. Just don’t try to bring me down with your negativity.

Bonus lyric from this song and great close: “When you look into the mirror, do you like what’s looking at you?”