Where Is Your Manual For Life?

Grammy Award Winner Dua Lipa. Image used with kind courtesy of the office of publicity of Dua Lipa. All rights reserved.

Why are you here? You may have thought about that question before, and been asked it a few times, but I want you to really stop and think about it right now. If you knew for a fact, that the world was going to somehow end in just 48 hours, would you be satisfied with what you have accomplished?  If not, then what is stopping you right now from doing the things you dream of?

If you knew the world would end in just 90 days, what you do right now? Who would you see? Where would you go? What would matter most to you? If you would do and see these things and people with this awareness, what is stopping you from doing them right now? Today?

No one ever guaranteed us a tomorrow. 

To live a full, satisfied, meaningful life, you have to seize the day. Make each moment count. Follow your dreams, and imagine that one day it will all be over. Because it will. At least in these bodies on this planet.

Would you rather drift by in a life of mediocrity and mundane displeasure, spiritless, without passion, without hope or purpose of your highest dreams and goals, following the masses and having a safe and “comfortable career” to a fast or slow inevitable demise? Or would you rather wake up excited, on the edge, not sure perhaps of some things, but sure with every fragment of your soul that you are alive, that you are following your bliss, your spirit, the reason you want to be alive, with a burning desire, and fire that cannot go out–lest your life itself be no more?

This passion, this purpose is the life of a true artist. And that art can apply to any field, in any academic area or even any skill of trade. It matters not what you do for you career, as long as you do it for yourself, because it makes you happy.

To some, happiness is seen as a sign of guilt.

Some shame those who are happy, or successful. Tell me; would you rather spend time with an angry man, or a happy one? There is nothing good about anger, or about selling one’s dreams short for the expectations of others. The more people on the planet pursued and achieved their dreams and goals, the less frustration, anger, hatred, hostility, and violence there would be.

Figure out now, why are you here? What do you dream of? What is your top most dream to achieve in your life before you are gone? Next, find a way to achieve it. If you don’t know, start anyway, and learn as you go.

Did you get a manual for life when you were born or reached a certain age?

No. But that didn’t stop you from living. Decide now to find your passion if you have not, and follow it, and achieve it–till death do it’s part. You owe this to yourself. But not only to yourself, you owe it to the world. Greatness isn’t something you rent or buy. Greatness is something you MAKE. Make greatness for yourself starting today, in this lifetime.  Who knows? You just might be at the top of your dreams in 2020 or soon thereafter and the world may notice. And I may be right there, saying, “See” I told you so!”

-We hope you enjoy the new issue, including our special on Alita: Battle Angel and Dua Lipa in our Backstage Hollywood and Music’s Greatest pages via the Table of Contents. Explore all our pages and be sure to check back soon for our unique coverage of the Academy Awards.

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