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get caught trying

August 25th, 2016

 caught trying do not be afraid life do

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“History doesn’t choose individual people.

History chooses everyone.

 

Every day.

 

The only question is: How long will you ignore the call?”

 

Brad Meltzer

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“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”

Jonathan Safran Foer

 

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How to succeed: Try hard enough.

How to fail: Try too hard.

 

Malcolm Forbes

 

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what are you going to do i do not know

 

Some people choose to not just be bystanders.

 

Some people choose to be tryers.

 

Some people treat personal liberty with incredible care and responsibility.

 

 

Some people love the depth & breadth of the imagination and, yet, retain a healthy skepticism toward what they love & dream about.

 

 

Some people embrace personal freedom and, yet, permit limits and responsibilities to steward the freedom.

 

 

Some people can become captivated with the beauty of Life and dreams and following passions and, yet, understand the demands of reality are more pressing than anything that is simply captivating.

 

 

Some people are brave … and bold … and, yet, refuse to be stupid about it.

 

Some people seek the extraordinary and, yet, understand they are simply being asked to take advantage of the ordinary found available to any and all.

 

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“And while I’d like to lay claim to some extraordinary act of originality, truth is I’m only taking advantage of capabilities inherent in everyone.”

 

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Mark Z Danielewski

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Some people not only hear the call of history … they also answer the call.

 

Some people think about doing … and some people actually do.

 

 

Some people understand that we all have multiple lives within us and, yet, decide to live one life well.

 

 

Well.

 

At some point you need to decide what type of person you want to be.choice is yours arrows direction

 

Some of that type of person or some of the other type of person.

 

To be a bystander or be a tryer.

 

All I can really suggest is … well … get caught trying to be a type of person.

is the fault in the stars?

August 21st, 2016

 fault mine

 

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“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars/ But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”

 

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Cassius in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

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Ok.

 

fault in our stars dear brutus julius caserFate, fault and personal responsibility.

 

John Green made this quasi famous Shakespeare quote famous again to an entirely new generation.

 

John Green made an entirely new generation start thinking philosophically about fate … and how you deal with it.

 

Yeah.

 

I have written about fate and destiny before.

 

Personally I don’t think much about it. Mostly because … well … I kind of figure if there is such a thing as fate it is completely out of my hands <it is in the stars> and I would be better off getting out and doing shit … my shit in particular, seizing fate by the throat as it were, rather than awaiting Fate to stop by and tell me, like an odd little waiter, what I should or shouldn’t do.

 

But … yeah … some things are written in the stars. Some things are out of your control and they happen … even if you do absolutely everything right in your Life <which is, practically speaking, almost impossible>.

 

In his book John Green used cancer as what as written in the stars.

 

I could most likely list a long list of various shit things many people are faced with that … well … they certainly had no desire facing.

 

But the point of the quote is how we respond to what the stars fate us with.

 

Our choice, or non choice, to do something in response.

 

Our choice, or non choice,  to make the best of whatever it is we are faced with in life.

 

Our choice, or non choice, to say it is the fault of the stars or the fault of ourselves in where we go with whatever Fate has handed us.

 

 

fate is a motherfuckerLook.

 

Fate is a motherfucker the majority of the time.

Yeah.

A real bastard.

 

 

Why do I say that?

 

Well.

 

How often do we view Fate with a smile?

 

<not that often>

 

More often we view that sonuvabitch Fate with sadness and dismay.

 

More often we view that sonuvabitch Fate with a yearning to be able to better control circumstances.

 

And, on occasion, we ponder Fate as if we actually did something to deserve it.

We reflect & opine upon on our actions and suggest to ourselves “if only”, with regret, thinking that somehow & someway we could have mastered Fate and redirected it.

 

That somehow if we had acted differently Fate would have been different.

 

That somehow we could have rearranged the stars in the sky.

 

Well.

 

Stars are stars.body making a fault in stars

 

And.

 

Fate is fate.

 

And Fate listens to no one but itself.

 

Sometimes fate is fate and you can’t do anything about it.

 

But here is what you can do.

Truly your own acts with regard to fate reside in how you respond not in how you can avoid.

 

Sure.

 

Shakespeare certainly was pretty good about suggesting that your actions, and your decisions to become involved, can impact other’s Fate … and by not taking action you assume some ‘fault.’

 

And I buy that.

 

But.

 

Fate is fate.

 

You can act and something good can happen … and something unintended bad can happen.

 

You can not act and something good can happen … and something unintended bad can happen.

 

Acts you take are rarely simple cause & effect.

 

Acts you take are also very difficult to find correlations with <note: cause and correlation are two very different things>.

 

I imagine some people reading the last few things I have written start thinking … well … Life sucks if you cannot be sure that anything you do is right or good.

 

They shouldn’t.

 

Shit.

 

created my own worldNo one shouldn’t.

 

While Fate may reside in the stars … ‘fault’ in Life resides within us.

 

Fate will be fate and will be there regardless of anything we do or don’t do.

 

Let Fate own the stars.

 

But … Life is ours to own.

 

And it is our fault if we do not own it.

 

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