The Unknown.

What do you feel when you think of the unknown?

Are you fearful? Needing to have a plan of what is going to happen next? Do you feel hopeful that everything will play out without any real problems? Do you even worry about it? If you were to ask ten people about their thoughts on the unknown everyone’s answers would vary, and you would find some who feel similar to you but others who’s take on the unknown are vastly different than yours.

When thinking about the unknown we need to accept that failure as an option for us. If we are able to accept the unknown we need to be prepared to fail at least once as we go forward. Accepting this frees us from the fear of failure as we start out new ventures with old or new friends.  Don’t be afraid to fail, know that you probably will.

As your wading through life allow the unknown to enrich your experiences every day. We never know what is coming our way every hour is different and we never know what might happen to us. It’s best to accept that enjoying life and its unknowns will be the happiest route to go. I’ve been on both sides of the fence with accepting and fearing the unknown, I can confidently recommend that you embrace the unknown and let it enrich all that you do.

When I first left the USA in 2007 I traveled to Peru and soaked up every moment of this experience. I jumped at the opportunity to try new foods, babble in poorly conjugated Spanish, and interact with all the locals I could. My time in Peru was a life changer that put me on common ground with the world, and a desire to see everyone as equals. I was fearless in a new place and recognized that the unknown was creating an unforgettable experience.

I’ve used the same mentality with every new culture and country I’ve visited since. Have I always been accepting of a new culture and the unknowns that come with it? No, but the more I jump in and immerse myself into the local culture the better my experience is and the more genuine the conversations become with the locals.

Having apprehension about the unknown is okay, just don’t let it spoil a good time nor hold you back from living a full life of genuine happiness.

Why.

What is your why? Why do you do things that way you do them? Why are you willing to face adversity to reach your desired destination in life. These are thoughts I’ve had before when I hear about someone with a big dream that seems to be a bit more than they probably can bite, chew, and swallow. Meaning I’m not sure why they really are doing things the way they are doing, I’m probably not alone in wondering about these things.

As a youth in central Utah, I used to sell corn on the side of the road next to the high school every fall for a few summers. My Father, Grandfather, and I would go pick the corn then we’d park the truck on the side of the street and I’d sit there till the sun went down or I’d sold all my corn for the day. I learned a few interpersonal skills with people and how to sell products to folks which is a benefit to me to this day. One of the most memorable experiences for me was trying to sell a bag of corn to a man carrying a giant cross across the USA who stopped through our little town on his way to California.

I asked him about his cross and why it had a wheel on the bottom. Man, “It’s designed to make the walk easier as I carry it.” Me, “Why are you carrying that thing? Don’t you think it would be faster to leave it behind?” Man, “Yes, it would be easier, but I want to show everyone that I can carry this heavy cross from New York to California.”  Me, “Ummm, okay, but why?” Man, “I told myself if I could do this, I could do anything.” Eight or Nine year old me didn’t get it then but have never forgotten it to this day. This man had a purpose to walk across America with a heavy wooden object, and I hope it helped him see he could do anything. I did, however, sell him some corn to fuel his trek.

To this day I see and hear about people who are setting out for challenging journeys as adventurers, entrepreneurs, athletes, and scholars. I can’t always relate to nor understand their vision for choosing the challenges they have decided to claim. I can confirm that choosing a challenge that people don’t understand can be a catalyst to the greatest adventures of one’s life.

Share your why with others, and enlighten them on your vision. If they doubt you or don’t understand that is okay. They might catch a vision similar to yours one day, and take off on their own journey fueled by nothing more than why.

Assume.

Often times when stepping into a conversation or situation we hear a few sentences of dialogue and begin to form our own assumptions on what’s going on and the outcome that we believe should be desired. Perhaps we feel strongly that everyone should see things from our point of view because that is the option that we feel would result in the best outcome. Unfortunately, life is not a one size fits all existence. We are seeing ever-increasing combinations of lifestyle choices some that we agree with and some that we do not.

We often are under the assumption that the way that some decide to live is not desirable and do not benefit others. I’d dare say this is a very close-minded approach at understanding how others live and decide to spend their days. As individuals, we have the opportunity to try living out different scenarios that we visualize ourselves being happiest in. Some will choose the life of a vagabond, living their days on the road experiencing the world and taking odd end jobs to fuel their travels. Others might speed through school, attaining top marks, then jumping into the corporate world climbing ladders then padding their portfolios through the years to retirement  Many will change their interests every few years and find satisfaction as they go through experiences, family, and friends.

In recent decades technology has advanced rapidly, many of us now spend significant time online liking other people’s posts; reading highlights from current events, laughing at epic fails, and commenting on others activity. While the web is filled with good news and inspiring messages it’s often a battleground for trolling others. The web has created endless opportunities for people to act one way in person and hide behind an avatar sharing frustrations in ways they normally wouldn’t in person to person interactions.

In the end, my hope is that we can be a little nicer wherever we spend our time. That we assume less that our viewpoint is the only way to see the situation, and we seek more to understand.

Link for reinforcement that there is usually more than one side(way) to any story.

Project.

When I originally thought about spending a year working on a writing project I wondered who was this person who wanted to spend three hundred and sixty five days writing about one word subjects? I suppose that’s who I am these days, a novice writer with big ambitions, and a platform to share them on. This is something I’ve wanted to work on for a few years now; a project to improve my writing abilities, vocabulary, and marketing skills.

For as long as I can remember I’ve personally enjoyed short and simple readings because I’ve always been an on the go person. I feel confident in saying that much of the population is the same. We are busy people who hurry from one place to another and attempt to squeeze in time for a balanced life that combines employment, self education(Autodidacticism, Just learned that.), time for entertainment(on and off screen), wellness, and time with family and friends. Busy people need information that is short and sweet conveying just enough information to spark curiosity and further personal interest in the subject.

This project is my hopes to share easy to read information to potential readers. My hope is to provide messages that can inspire, motivate, humor, and encourage others to continue educating themselves and push forward with their personal goals daily.    

A final note to this introduction,  recognize is that I’m not a professional writer.  This project is designed to aid me in personal growth and confidence as a writer, storyteller and researcher. I’ll do my best to provide value with each post written and hope that you as a reader feel comfortable giving constructive feedback as we grow together this year.   

Today is day one of my three hundred words a day project, kicking off with the word Project.