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  1. Entry 302 | Open-mindedness Theory: To make the most out of all self-actualization work, you must be willing to admit all the ways in which you are wrong. Applying it: Open yourself up to accept that there may be some fundamental beliefs that you've held for many years as being true, when in fact the truth is otherwise. Be willing to accept new ideas, try them out like a pair of shoes before settling for which ones fit best. So I decided to start the routine that I devised yesterday. And of course, it didn't go quite to plan. But that doesn't mean to say it ended badly. Waking up early and doing my morning meditation session as normal was done easy peasy. But then when the time came to go to the gym, I started feeling a little queasy. It could have been psychological. But rather than sit around the house, I thought it would be best to at least get some exercise by going on a long walk. And for that matter, it felt like a good idea to take my camera with me and get some cool shots. So off I went on a solo trip to the "pit tip," an old mining site that turned into a park. And it felt bloody awesome. One of the values that I've been toying around with for a week or two is 'adventure' and this felt exactly like that. I remembered going on walks as a child and pretending to be some tomb raider character exploring all the different places and things that I could find. Today was a time to relive that. And (main point of the entry) none of this would have been possible if it weren't for keeping an open mind. A close-minded way of looking at the situation would have been "I'm too ill to go to the gym, therefore I'll stay here where it's comfortable until I feel better." That would have been a great excuse to use. But I felt open to the possibility of doing something special instead. And indeed, I managed to take some good pictures (although I profess to be no photographer). There's one in particular where it felt like the sun was at exactly the right angle. And if I didn't open my mind to going on this walk back at home, then it wouldn't have been possible to take the picture. It's almost as if opening your mind up to anything and everything somehow puts you in touch with a supernatural force that guides you to be in the right place at the right time. And that's why it's crucial to accept any idea that you come across. Pic of the day:
  2. Entry 301 | Bringing The Future To The Now Theory: In order to make your dreams a reality, you need to know how to bring them into the present moment and start living according to them. Applying it: Envision how you want your daily life to look in decades to come. Be as specific as possible with the details. Then, plan your everyday life to incorporate these things as part of your daily routine. So having woken up with deep regret for letting things slide over the last week or so (as a result of falling ill earlier this year), I decided to make changes once and for all. I've tried to implement routines in the past and achieved moderate success with them. But they never managed to stick. Why? Maybe because it didn't align with my life purpose, values, etc. This time, however, I'm not just trying to create a daily routine. It's about designing a lifestyle around my deep desire to become a guitar master. This afternoon, I sat down and tried to envision what my life would look like in 50+ years time. Imagining that I had become a guitar guru of sorts, what would my daily life look like? How would it begin? What would I eat? How many hours would I spend practicing the guitar? How many hours would I spend doing self-actualization work? How often would I take breaks? I tried to imagine what my life would look like as someone who has accomplished everything they need to accomplish. Then once I have a clear idea about it, all I would have to do would be to bring that into the present moment. So I created a timetable outlining every day of every week. I tried to balance being specific with how to spend each passing hour with also being free and open to change. For example, the idea came to me that I should dedicate 4 hours per day doing guitar practice. Each hour would be spend focusing on something specific like improvisation, composition, or performance. Yet these things are open enough to allow flexibility and playfulness to occur within them. For instance, an hour focusing on composing a new song is specific enough to know what I should be doing, yet open enough to allow whatever ideas decide to come into being. Unlike routines that I've devised in the past, this one feels very authentic and true to my desires and values. That being said, it will need to be refined over the coming days and weeks in order to find the perfect balance between everything. The main thing is that this feels like a step in the right direction. It feels empowering to not only have a deeper understanding of what it will take to get the most fulfilment out of the day, but also to spend time deliberately designing a lifestyle that will become a perfect fit for me and me alone. Pick of the day:
  3. Question: What's the most common cause of death? Answer: Life. Avoid death by never living. Avoid life by never dying.
  4. Entry 300 | Reflection Even on this journey of expanding consciousness and awareness, 300 entries seems to have crept up and taken me by surprise. Just wow. How on earth did that spur-of-the-moment decision to start a self-actualization journal manage to last this long? So much has changed over the last 100 entries. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, meeting my boyfriend, learning how to teach one-to-one, a more active YouTube channel, and perhaps the biggest change of the lot, my mindset. It's time to acknowledge that my mindset has changed significantly since leaving university. Getting a dose of reality outside of formal education was not the most pleasant of ordeals to go through. But It's gotten to the point where it feels a bit less doomy than it originally seemed. The world has not ended since being booted out of university and my bank account hasn't been drained. In terms of my career as a musician, I've never looked at the situation more positively in my whole life (despite the last few days and weeks getting off to a bad start for 2018). Instead of trying to think 1-2 years down the line, I'm slowly starting to imagine what life will look like after decades have passed. If I keep doing what I'm doing consistently for 10-20 years, something wonderful is going to happen. My levels of guitar mastery will be through the roof. Suffice to say that guitar mastery is going to be the prime focus of the rest of my life. Money doesn't interest me. Neither does a comfy home, social relationships, reputation, or the need to look good in front of others and impressing them. This is a huge step for my psyche to take. Once upon a time, guitar mastery was all about the fame and fortune that would come as a result of being a guitar god on stage. But honestly, those motives feel like a pair of outgrown shoes. The only thing that matters to me in this life is reaching the highest levels of mastery possible. I have a strong belief that the more I submit to God's will (sorry, there's no more succinct way to put it), the more rewarding this life will be. If I continue to pour my life into mastering the guitar, the universe is going to notice. And the more I surrender to the work laid out for me by the creative muse, the more willing God will be to keep this mind and body alive. This is what I mean when I say that guitar mastery as a purpose is a matter of life or death. The fruitfulness of my life depends on it. I can envision quite easily what life will look like after 50 years dedicated to the practice of mastering the guitar. By that amount of time, there is no possible way that the universe won't have noticed my efforts by that point. For all the hard work, struggle and emotional labor that I subject myself to for all of those years, the universe will feel compelled to reward such efforts. Food, drink, money, status, fame, success... All of the low-level, materialistic rewards that modern culture seems to want us to chase endlessly. But that's not where the beauty lies. The beauty comes from going through the hardships of persistent, determined practice for the rest of my life and reaching a place where very few others have made. After everything that I will go through, it might just be possible that I could reach a level of mastery that no other person has managed before. And I don't mean that in the sense of "I'll be better than everybody else" or "I'll know more about my instrument than everybody else." All it means is that I would be able to have access to the immeasurable depths of the creative muse that feeds my current actions. The music that will come to me after a lifetime of dedicated practice would be divine and pure. The boundary between the musician and the creative muse would be obliterated. For any piece of music that would come to me, I will have become such a master of the instrument that literally God would be playing through my fingertips, not myself. This is what has happened for masters of all art forms in the past. The master musician does not perform a piece of music, for they have become the music itself. They embody the art until it engulfs their entire life and transforms it into something beautiful. There's no guarantee that this will happen, at least from a logical, humanistic perspective. But regardless of the truth, there's always been an unshakeable feeling that this life is going to be extraordinary. This life is going to grow with divinity until it ends and is reborn. This feeling has been present ever since I held the guitar in my hands for the first time. To see such infinite possibility inside one instrument makes this life so damn meaningful and special. Pick of the day: Auguries of Innocence by William Blake To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour A Robin Red breast in a Cage Puts all Heaven in a Rage A Dove house filld with Doves & Pigeons Shudders Hell thr' all its regions A dog starvd at his Masters Gate Predicts the ruin of the State A Horse misusd upon the Road Calls to Heaven for Human blood Each outcry of the hunted Hare A fibre from the Brain does tear A Skylark wounded in the wing A Cherubim does cease to sing The Game Cock clipd & armd for fight Does the Rising Sun affright Every Wolfs & Lions howl Raises from Hell a Human Soul The wild deer, wandring here & there Keeps the Human Soul from Care The Lamb misusd breeds Public Strife And yet forgives the Butchers knife The Bat that flits at close of Eve Has left the Brain that wont Believe The Owl that calls upon the Night Speaks the Unbelievers fright He who shall hurt the little Wren Shall never be belovd by Men He who the Ox to wrath has movd Shall never be by Woman lovd The wanton Boy that kills the Fly Shall feel the Spiders enmity He who torments the Chafers Sprite Weaves a Bower in endless Night The Catterpiller on the Leaf Repeats to thee thy Mothers grief Kill not the Moth nor Butterfly For the Last Judgment draweth nigh He who shall train the Horse to War Shall never pass the Polar Bar The Beggars Dog & Widows Cat Feed them & thou wilt grow fat The Gnat that sings his Summers Song Poison gets from Slanders tongue The poison of the Snake & Newt Is the sweat of Envys Foot The poison of the Honey Bee Is the Artists Jealousy The Princes Robes & Beggars Rags Are Toadstools on the Misers Bags A Truth thats told with bad intent Beats all the Lies you can invent It is right it should be so Man was made for Joy & Woe And when this we rightly know Thro the World we safely go Joy & Woe are woven fine A Clothing for the soul divine Under every grief & pine Runs a joy with silken twine The Babe is more than swadling Bands Throughout all these Human Lands Tools were made & Born were hands Every Farmer Understands Every Tear from Every Eye Becomes a Babe in Eternity This is caught by Females bright And returnd to its own delight The Bleat the Bark Bellow & Roar Are Waves that Beat on Heavens Shore The Babe that weeps the Rod beneath Writes Revenge in realms of Death The Beggars Rags fluttering in Air Does to Rags the Heavens tear The Soldier armd with Sword & Gun Palsied strikes the Summers Sun The poor Mans Farthing is worth more Than all the Gold on Africs Shore One Mite wrung from the Labrers hands Shall buy & sell the Misers Lands Or if protected from on high Does that whole Nation sell & buy He who mocks the Infants Faith Shall be mockd in Age & Death He who shall teach the Child to Doubt The rotting Grave shall neer get out He who respects the Infants faith Triumphs over Hell & Death The Childs Toys & the Old Mans Reasons Are the Fruits of the Two seasons The Questioner who sits so sly Shall never know how to Reply He who replies to words of Doubt Doth put the Light of Knowledge out The Strongest Poison ever known Came from Caesars Laurel Crown Nought can Deform the Human Race Like to the Armours iron brace When Gold & Gems adorn the Plow To peaceful Arts shall Envy Bow A Riddle or the Crickets Cry Is to Doubt a fit Reply The Emmets Inch & Eagles Mile Make Lame Philosophy to smile He who Doubts from what he sees Will neer Believe do what you Please If the Sun & Moon should Doubt Theyd immediately Go out To be in a Passion you Good may Do But no Good if a Passion is in you The Whore & Gambler by the State Licencd build that Nations Fate The Harlots cry from Street to Street Shall weave Old Englands winding Sheet The Winners Shout the Losers Curse Dance before dead Englands Hearse Every Night & every Morn Some to Misery are Born Every Morn and every Night Some are Born to sweet delight Some are Born to sweet delight Some are Born to Endless Night We are led to Believe a Lie When we see not Thro the Eye Which was Born in a Night to perish in a Night When the Soul Slept in Beams of Light God Appears & God is Light To those poor Souls who dwell in Night But does a Human Form Display To those who Dwell in Realms of day
  5. Entry 299 | A Cozy Life Theory: Living the cozy lifestyle gives you no incentive to strive for an extraordinary life. Applying it: Be willing to throw yourself in at the deep end when it comes to overcoming challenges. But at the same time, recognise when you are out of your depth. Not all challenges can be accomplished right away. So I just finished the day with a lovely heart-to-heart conversation with my mum. I told her how happy and grateful I was to be brought up in the way that I was and also how much I loved her. She told me that she was really happy with the person I have become. And I also told her my plans for later this year which involve moving to Sheffield with my boyfriend. She was incredibly supportive of the idea despite a small but niggling worry about money. She worries about how I'm going to earn the money to afford this. But I've got it figured out. The way I get things done in life is by throwing myself into the necessary situation and figuring it out the hard way. For my final-year recital at university, I made the decision to learn the most virtuosic guitar pieces I could think of to perform on that fateful day and with lots of struggle and determination (as has been documented in my older entries of last year), I managed to kick ass with it in the end. I've realised that this is what I must do in order to start creating the autonomous life that I desire. I need to be in a situation where I'm paying the rent, bills and everything else. The reason why I haven't been as active recently is simply because it's been incredibly cozy living at home. And don't get me wrong when I say that ultimately this is not the life that I'm aiming for. Living at home these last few months as I've slowly come to terms with life outside of formal education have been exactly what I needed. No bills to pay, no rent (because they own the house in full), nothing really to threaten my financial position apart from food. It's been a wonderful haven after 3 eventful years at university. But the fact that it's becoming cozy tells me that it's time to leave. And it feels sad in a way that this may be me leaving for good to start and cultivate a life of my own. I may never be able to see my family as often in the future. But fortunately, Sheffield and home are the perfect distance apart. Close enough to visit home with no hassle but far enough away to feel like the beginning of the rest of my independent life. There's nothing wrong with cozy. But as someone who thrives on challenge, it's a sign of complacency. It's a sign that I may lose all incentive when it comes to pursuing an extraordinary life. And although it will be sad to move out for good, the brand new chapter in my life will begin. And from that moment on, the creativity and the passion-fuelled hard work will intensify to the max. Pick of the day:
  6. Entry 298 | Ready To Die? It's been an interesting few days in a number of ways. While at times I was dazed and my mind was amazed, there were days where my gaze felt swayed. ... ... ... Anyway! All crazy and desperate rhyming aside, the last few days have largely felt like I've been growing back into my previous ways. My diet has slowly been filling up with too much junk food that I feel shameful for admitting to myself. Despite the odd productive day, my mind seems to want to revert to low-consciousness behaviours that I've long been accustomed to until recently such as playing video games, watching tv-type stuff on YouTube, etc. After spending part of the weekend with my boyfriend, I slowly figured out what was happening. As I constantly strive to create a future self that feels extraordinary and amazing, I'm recognising on a deep level that this lifestyle actually is possible and maybe even probably for me. It's no longer feeling like a dream but an inevitability. That being said, I also have to sacrifice the one thing that I am right now in order to step up and be the better man, so to speak. My old ways have to die in order to let my authentic self manifest itself. But there's still some beliefs that what I am now is incredibly precious and needs to be protected. Sure it's not perfect but I love the person I was and the person I am. But in order to keep growing, I have to be willing to let these things die. And the term 'dying' is deliberate. It honestly feels like submitting myself to the reaper. From the mindset that I've been embracing the last few days, this feels like such a terrible outcome. Yet with higher awareness, it seems like an effortless transition. In fact, the concert that my boyfriend performed in was incredibly moving for me on a number of levels. First of all, he was performing in it so it felt good in that sense. Secondly, it was incredibly nostalgic to see certain faces from my university past also performing in the same concert. And finally, with Sheffield Cathedral as the venue, the music and atmosphere could not have been more powerful. All of the pieces were incredibly solemn. I had what felt like a death experience in that my sense of "this is my body" completely melted away. Everything felt like one. In this position, death felt like the most natural thing in the world. We're dead already in a sense. It's just that we strive to keep believing that who we are now is something worthy of survival. It feels like now is the time where I must face these demons and sacrifice the one thing that I thought could never be untrue. It's so easy to convince yourself after all that death isn't going to happen. We expect to wake up in the morning. We say "see you soon" as a goodbye. We put off until tomorrow what we could be doing right now. But putting off the possibility of death like that just reinforces the lies. This journey of music mastery once felt very self-centered. It felt like it was in my best interests for survival. But there's some godly force beyond myself that keeps getting me up each morning rather than letting this body and mind sleep forever. This journey of musical mastery was never my own. It was the decision of "God." Thy will be done. These repulsive actions of the last few days have been my attempts to cling on to survival. The only way I can let these actions die is for myself to die with them. Then who knows? One day, this mind and body may wake up and live the life that they are supposed to live. The authentic life. The selfless life. Pick of the day:
  7. Entry 297 | Work Ethic Theory: One of the biggest lies you tell yourself is how much work you produce on a daily basis. Start seeing the truth that you could really be working a good deal more. Applying it: Instead of trying to reach your work expectations, make it a daily habit to try and surpass them. Realise that it doesn't take as much "hard work" as you think it does to create work of value for others. This journal entry is inspired by Brooke Castillo's work on the Life Coach School Podcast. She was the first public figure to inspire me with what is possible in terms of self-mastery. This woman is killing it with her business and, seemingly, her psychology. One of her recent episodes goes into how she has an amazing work ethic and how she always had it. It was such an inspiration to hear this tiny bit of info about her life. She admitted that she was brought up with a good degree of wealth and never really had to struggle with money. But nevertheless, she was passionate about working hard and putting in a gruelling day's work. It served as a bit of a wake-up call for my own life. As a musician, I'd like to think that I've accomplished quite a lot of great stuff so far. My work ethic by the end of university was incredibly high. But ever since leaving the system and trying to get used to life under my own governance, work ethic has gone down a fair amount. The odd thing was that it felt like it never changed. The work that I produced seemed to have just as much effort going into it as before. But what was different? Where the effort was being channeled into. I was channeling all of my efforts into sorting out my own psychology rather than producing something of value for others. And to a degree, that's still what is happening. But I'm starting to realise now that if I just channeled this energy into productive work that can actually create value, then the outcome might actually start to transform. That's the trouble with shoving all of your efforts on your psychology. It feels like you are suddenly burdening yourself with a far more difficult and responsible life than it actually needs to be. If I just focus on producing maximum output for any single day that comes by, then it might start to benefit those around me after a while. That's ultimately what I want to be doing. My psychology is good enough for the job. It doesn't have to be perfect right now. What it is right now is an approximation. And that's good enough by anybody's standards. Pick of the day:
  8. Entry 296 | Every Time It's About Me Theory: Every time I make life about myself, suffering happens. Applying it: Recognise that the more egocentric your life becomes, the more you allow negativity and failure to creep inside it and the more suffering you create. This is an observation I've made recently that seems incredibly obvious at a surface level. But the more I consider it on a deeper level, the more important this distinction becomes. Whenever it has felt like this life should be about fulfilling my needs, suffering has always found its way back into my psyche. It's such an easy point to overlook and I've done it many times. But never did I realise that perhaps the surest way to eliminate suffering in life is to make it about something other than myself. After all, the explanations I could give about this point are enough to convince me on a logical level. The one who is most emotionally grounded is the one who is happy just the way he is and is instead focused on showing others the way. Being deeply happy with life on your own is the surest way to influence others to feel it too. If your life is spent fixing your petty problems, then life will provide you with an abundance of petty problems for you to fix. I could go on. But it's really damn serious. The more life becomes about myself, the worse it gets. Entertaining myself becomes toxic, indulging in tasty (but unhealthy) foods does too. Focusing on the gratification that I could grant myself here and now is the lesson I keep stumbling on. In order to grow, I must be able to transcend these surface-level desires in order to grow into something more noble. That's a much harder journey to take. But it's one that must be done eventually so why wait? Pick of the day:
  9. Entry 295 | Self-Actualization Isn't All That Theory: Raising consciousness and self-actualization may not have been one of my life's priorities after all. Applying it: Be willing to accept the possibility that what you think is an authentic desire might not be truly yours. So I've done another exercise trying to find my top values in life through the Life Purpose Course. And it occurred to me that self-actualization and consciousness/awareness might not necessarily be one of my biggest values. Could that be a terrible claim to make on such a forum? After so much self-actualization work, is it really plausible to think that I don't hold it in higher regard than I think I do? Sure as hell, I've really enjoyed this work. It has provided me with a sense of life purpose in and of itself. But the process itself might not be one of my top values. There are some other candidates that I've discovered that feel more important to me at this point in time. For example, beauty. With every exercise I've done, this one always crops up. No doubt, it's because I can't help looking at this life and seeing its beauty all around. Even when things appear to be going shitty or even at all, the beauty of life is something that never fails to ground me. It brings such a deep love for life and for being that there is no way that beauty could be less important than self-actualization work for me. This is a very unique and authentic viewpoint to have. Not everybody will look at it this way. For some people, the beauty of life comes from the self-actualization work that they do and, therefore, it becomes more important to them than the concept of beauty itself. Another one that cropped up for me a few times is adventure. Not necessarily the typical adventure that the movies depict. But I get plenty of adventure out of the performance of a single piece of music. It's like a miniature journey that you go on that explores the beauty of life even further. That's why I'm starting to wonder if self-actualization may not be the most important thing in my life. Obviously, it's something I want to keep doing because of the tremendous good that it can bring. But sometimes it feels like it's taken over some of the authentic desires I've had to do other things. Maybe now is the first time I've had to come to terms with that. Pick of the day:
  10. @Benjamin Jackson It has to depend on the action you wish to take. If you want to motivate people or make them aware of something, then criticism can be a validation of a person's acknowledgement of it. This could be taken as a success. There's nothing fundamentally wrong with both criticism and apathy though, especially given that we all have the capacity for both.
  11. Entry 294 | It's Not About You Theory: Life is never about you. It was never created to serve you. This way of thinking will create suffering for you. Applying it: Remember that the mind and body are merely tools for the creative muses to work their magic in this life. They are not the source of you or even the temple of you. I've just finished watching Leo's video on criticism. It was incredibly insightful as usual. It was also relevant to me since receiving some pretty brash criticism for a performance video I put out on YouTube. Some people made it very clear that the music wasn't for them, saying that it wasn't pleasant or enjoyable to listen to. It was very easy to take this personally. After all the hard work I had put into the piece, the video and the instrument, those comments can hurt if you allow it. But then I became conscious of what was really happening and what was always happening. It wasn't the case that these people were criticising my music. They were criticising music. There's nothing personal about this music. The creative muses decided that this music should be created and found the perfect mind and body in the perfect time zone to make it happen. The mind and body are merely the play things of the creative muses. They are the play dough from which shapes can be made. The lego from which structures can be built. The tools from which anything can be created. You don't see a hammer parading around pretending that it lives it's own life separate from the beings that use it as a tool. Neither should we go around pretending that our existence (our life) is anything but serving the creative muses. It's certainly not self-serving from an egoic perspective. Remembering this helps to bring presence when it feels like suffering is the only option left. When it feels like the world doesn't care about us, the truth relieves us of the burden. The world doesn't care about us because the world is us. We are the world. Pick of the day:
  12. Entry 293 | ...Unless It's A Whopper So I wasn't just ill. I got caught up with some nasty flu or infection that included coughing, snotting, shitting, vomiting, and feeling dizzy. The coughing is still really bad right now but I can at last feel well enough to continue with everyday life. It's felt like one of the longest weeks in a long time. It's also been a bummer not being able to do any music and self-actualization work. It has given me a really pessimistic attitude towards getting back on track with this work and for it's future potential. It's gonna feel like an effort to try and be positive again after such a negative way to go into the New Year. It feels like anything I set out to achieve is gonna get shit on at some point. Before this illness came around, everything started picking up really nicely. Recordings of music were going really smoothly and self-actualization work felt like it was starting to get somewhere. And then some part of my psyche thought it would be a wonderful idea to prevent any growth from happening by providing me with an illness to keep myself in check. It's not fair. And I wish it didn't have to be this way. But I've got to bust through it. No matter what. Pick of the day:
  13. Entry 292 | Illness Is No Excuse Theory: If you're not too careful, you might start to use illness as an excuse to not put in any effort. Applying it: Depending on the severity of the illness, decide whether it will cause as much of a hindrance as you think. If not, then go ahead and continue work as normal. So I've come down with a nasty cough over the last 24 hours. It's pretty annoying at times, but I've been able to continue working through it. I managed to have an extremely good meditation session, finish editing a video for YouTube, and complete another task of the Life Purpose Course. Of course, I've not been overdoing it. There's a fine line between too much work and not enough. But the thought occurred to me several times that instead of trying to work through it, I could just relax and have some time off. This is certainly important to let your body fix itself. The more stressed it is, the more the problems persist. So I've certainly took it easy today. But I've been able to also produce something productive with my time. Not all work is strenuous and tiresome. And some work (self-actualization, for example) is too important to just take the day off. It's an ongoing process. It's certainly been a better way of dealing with the situation than to sit around moping about it. Also, trying to ignore a cough actually worsens the effect. Whenever I've tried to do this throughout the day, my neck tightened and I started coughing loads. It's much better to just relax and let your throat hurt. So yeah, not much of a deep one today. Feeling very spaced out. Hopefully tomorrow will bring a fresher day. Pick of the day:
  14. Entry 291 | Tragedy Theory: In a society that wants to avoid tragedy at all costs, you can find it to be a beautiful thing. Applying it: The next time you are personally affected by a tragedy in your life, do everything within your power to be embracing of it rather than in denial. By embracing tragedy, you acknowledge something beautiful from within. No, murder is not beautiful. Neither is rape. Neither is slavery or racism or [insert here]. And no I haven't undergone any tragedy recently. But I was doing a values assessment exercise a moment ago and found myself putting tragedy on my list for one of the most meaningful things in my life. Think about it. If you were God and you could choose to live in a world where tragedy didn't exist, would you want to? Initially, yes. But think about what you're missing. You miss one of the most powerful, life-changing phenomena to ever be experienced in life. It hurts so much on a personal level. But if you can reach a place where you are so accepting that you can step outside of yourself after a tragedy, then you can witness the beauty that it constantly brings. It makes people unite together. It makes individuals follow their calling. It provides the essential negative feedback that the human race needs to receive in order to grow. Tragedy is simply just a very big mistake or regret that you have in life. It's also relative. Not everybody in the world perceived the tragedy of 9/11 to be a tragedy at all. And so what can happen from tragedy? Like any mistake, you can react against it and condemn yourself to the same mistake over and over again. Or you can recognise that it's just a mistake and it doesn't always have to happen this way. Tragedy can light the fire of passion in our hearts and get us to do extraordinary things. If it weren't for my relative tragedy of being mass rejected at school, the boy would not grow up to become the badass guitar player of his dreams. To destroy the source of tragedy is to live in a shallow life of perfection. Pick of the day:
  15. Entry 290 | Reflection So whatever the few weeks and months of emotional turmoil were about, it looks like I'm on the way to busting through it. I tried making an accountability partner out of my actual partner when I told him about the idea. He was up for it and more than willing to help me fulfil my potential. So far, I've agreed to send him one recorded track per week for 12 weeks for the new album launch next year, and also to be sexually abstinent for a week. Suddenly, I've found myself waking up supercharged to give it everything today and the next day. I've managed to record both a YouTube video for next week and an album track to send off next week. Perhaps it's even more inspiring to know that my partner seems to be just as passionate about me doing my work as I do. Even though it was my idea to begin with, it just seems to have provided that forward momentum I've been lacking for the past few months. It doesn't really bother me about an end-result or a fan-base to be honest. The process of doing this for my life is so exciting that it feels amazing that this could be the rest of my life. Never am I going to say "too good to be true" again because that's just not going to work. Thinking 10 years down the line, I can see that the work that happens this year is going to set me up so well as I go into the 30s. It's strange to think that in a decade, my age will only just have made it into the 30s. It feels like I'm that old already, even though it's still pretty young. Suddenly, there's so much potential. Given how much growth has been possible this year, perhaps any dreams or wild fantasies I have about the next decade could actually become realised and surpassed. That's not even considering what life will be like in 20+ years. In a word, my life feels responsible. There isn't that much unconscious behaviour in the day anymore. Almost everything is deliberate and more enjoyable. Would love to see how it unfolds. Pick of the day: