In a previous post, I wrote about how if I could spread one single message for everyone to see on a metaphorical billboard high up in the sky, it would probably be this:
IF YOU WANT THINGS TO GET BETTER, YOU HAVE TO GET BETTER.
In other words, if you don't change, things don't change. It really encompasses the journey inward that I'm passionate about, and that I think everybody should be passionate about.
It's the difference between living your life blindly through the external world, or waking up to the truth and going inward.
I see so many young people in my generation who have absolutely no clue about this. They live life for the weekends, the parties, getting drunk, taking drugs, getting into fights, complaining how hard things are, trying to hook up with different people each weekend, wishing they were millionaires, admiring people who have things versus people who have happiness, spending exorbitant amounts of time on social media, consuming mindless content on Netflix, and all the while hanging out with other people who do the same things.
It's really sad. So many people are utterly clueless about what really matters, and I desperately want to shake some truth into them. Not as someone better than them, but as a brother to them. I know what it's like to suffer and struggle through life, and there's a much better alternative if you go inward.
That's the message I want to spread to people.
On a positive note, I'm happy to see that topics like mental health and physical health have found their trendy status in society - mindfulness has taken shape in pop culture, yoga for sure, and tons of other healthy activities. While there is definitely a layer of consumerism around these things, it's still better to have people somewhat focused on their well-being than living completely in the dark.
I encourage you to explore the idea that if you want your life to get better, you should probably get better first.
I've been around long enough to realize that waiting for things to get better never works. You might get lucky, but it's not a winning strategy.
So don't leave it up to chance. Instead, why not work on yourself, so that things around you will improve? It's more fun that way anyway.
As the late and great Jim Rohn famously said, "Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better."
Live with substance!