So, last night I was able to go to the Coldplay concert, which was just phenomenal. Yeah, yeah, I know what they said about Coldplay in "The 40 Year Old Virgin," but I like Coldplay for a few different reasons.
I like Coldplay because they play with such passion, which made their concert last night a really great experience. You know, right in the middle of the show, Chris Martin of Coldplay said 'Nothing is better than going out, standing there in front of all these people, creating great energy and playing with all of your best friends.' That is what life is all about!
Life is about enjoying yourself. Life is about experiencing things. Life is about having fun with your friends. Life is not about chasing people you want to come into your life; life is about attracting people into your life.
It was an amazing thing to be in The Forum last night, which is saying a lot. For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Forum in Los Angeles, it is just an absolutely awful and outdated arena. It was cool, though, being there last night with about 20,000 people who were layed back and just having a good time.
No, this blog is not about giving you a wake-up call to buy Coldplay concert tickets (although I certainly would recommend their show). This wake-up call was inspired by the combination of these realizations I experienced at the concert and some realizations I've made in the last few days.
Some things have happened to me in recent that really rocked my world. I've been doing a lot of traveling, enjoying myself a little bit and, of course, working. I was in Santa Fe last weekend and was in Hawaii before that. While I was in Hawaii the woman who sits for my six year-old English Lab Daphne noticed a lump on her belly. Although the lump was not new, it had been small and had not previously changed in size.
When I returned home, I saw that the lump had indeed gotten bigger so I took Daphne to the vet. The vet looked at it and didn't want to do anything, but I made her aspirate it anyway. During my Santa Fe trip, the lab report came back which showed that there were mast cells in the cyst that was aspirated.
Now, mast cells in a dog can be either malignant or non-malignant. I actually have been learning all about them over the last several days. Although there seem to be conflicting medical viewpoints on what Daphne's lab results mean and although I really didn't think there was anything wrong with her, at this point I thought it would be better to just take the lump out anyway.
I am figuring she will be okay. My fingers are crossed. What all of this makes you realize, though, is that life is very precious.
Life can be taken away from you at any moment. Everything that you love or have ever built - whether it's relationships, animals or friends - can be lost in an instant. You don't know what fate has in store for you.
You have no idea what's going to happen to you on any single day. So why do so many people choose not to live life to the fullest every single day? Why do so many people go through life like they're in a coma?
It always amazes me how so many of us go through life like we're here forever and like we have an unlimited amount of time to experience life. We live our lives as if no matter what we do and no matter what happens, we're going to be here forever... but we're not.
Not only are we not here forever, we could be here a much shorter time than we anticipate. Life is a gift, and it's a gift that you need to embrace every single day.
I mean, this last week has been really tough for me - I had to go and research (and see pictures of ) this thing called a mast cell tumor, I had to talk to all sorts of people and doctors and vets trying to figure out whether my dog is sick. I wanted to make sure that Daphne gets the best attention, because I really don't want to lose her.
What I've realized over these last days is that everything that is precious to me can be taken away in a second. So with that realization in mind, why don't you enjoy everything you do to the max? Enjoy life! Enjoy the gift that is your life.
Men spend so much time trying to chase women and worrying about what to say or do when they see someone they want to meet. Just walk up to those woken and stop overanalyzing every little thing. Stop wasting your time with worry, and start experiencing.
I wrote a blog like this awhile back based on the movie "The Bucket List." Well in this blog I'm going to talk about making other kinds of lists.
What if you made a list of all the things you are afraid of doing? How about a list of all the things you've been wanting to do "someday" but have never done? Why not start doing the things on these lists, because you never know when you'll no longer be here.
As I'm walking Daphne right now and noticing how happy and content she is just sniffing the warm night air, I realize that this beautiful gift of this English Labrador may not be here forever. Although I am going to do everything in my power to make sure she is, I am also going to make sure that every moment she does have here is amazing. I am going to appreciate every moment I have with her.
It's time for all of you get out of your comas and start looking at life as the gift that it is. Here's your wake-up call!
Recommended books (downloadable pdfs):Adam Gilad - Interview With David Wygant
Anthony Berger - Improve Your Looks By 3 Notches
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