Get back in your boat

Image: Matthäus Windhausen

If you could live with one mantra for the rest of your life, I think you’d fare quite well if this was it:

Right now, I’m more me than I’ve ever been.

Me. Just me. More me. More and more… Me. Feels right, doesn’t it?

I’m not saying we should just stay static, settle with what we have, and never evolve. The current of life is a thing. Evolution is happening whether we want it to or not. We’re all moving down this river together. So that’s not even part of the discussion.

It’s all about how we involve ourselves with this movement that matters.

What I’m suggesting here is that we need to stop ogling so much over those other boats in the water with us. It would do us good to spending so much time and energy trying to jump off of our boat like a drunken spring-breaker onto other people’s boats as we float down this wild current of life.

We need to just take a damn seat, tune up our engine when we have the opportunities to, and steer our boat the best we can. Sure, we’re gonna see other boats we admire and want to hang out with. And it’s perfectly fine to engage them, board with them, and mingle. But we’re not gonna lose ourselves while we’re doing it. We’re not going to try to kick their off their boats and at the end of the day, we’re gonna get right back on ours.

(Thanks for sticking with this boat analogy — I’m gonna run with it, I can’t back out now.)

This lifetime is an opportunity to live life, expressed as you.

How awesome is that? No matter your challenges, foibles, or follies, you are you. I gotta pull in the overused albeit nonetheless awesome Dr. Seuss quote here:

What’s really great is, the more you do this, the more others around you will get the hint to give themselves permission to do the same. And when you’re surrounded by a world where everyone is operating from their own truth — it’s a beautiful thing to behold.

Now, if you really nail this, and you start exercising it, you will get assholes trying to hop in your boat and kick you off. This is a sign that you’re doing something right. If you’re doing your job, you’ll swerve to avoid them and keep on cruising. Keep on adjusting. Keep on moving downstream.

It feels great getting comfy in my own boat. The more me’s (no, not me’s as in Jonas’ but me’s as in you’s) in the world, the better. This is how we have a smooth ride together. Everyone in their own boat, sharing sunsets, cruising safely and swiftly down the evolutionary stream of life at their best speed without crashing into anyone else or drowning after a failed drunken swan dive off the top railing of a houseboat.

More me’s (you’s). Please.

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