This life is awesome!

English: Jared hitting a jump at a freeride tr...

English: Jared hitting a jump at a freeride trail in Kansas City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hi Jared here . As I was thinking back about why I was doing my MBA at 42 (43 soon), I reviewed back on my life, quickly realized a couple of things.

I’ve had a great Life!  Great kids, a great divorce and then a great marriage; I’ve been paid to be a pirate for the last 22 years, as well as being able to see things that my small southwest Kansas town of 1200 could never imagine. I love my wife and two kids all four of my dogs, my garden and the pains I feel as I get up every morning, because that pain is always followed by the awesome memories of how I earned them. I’ve ridden bulls, fished off the coast of Africa, seen snow fall of the mountains of Pakistan in July, surfed the Pacific ocean, Atlantic Ocean and the Andaman Sea, see the ancient ruins of Babylon, the Giant Buddha in Hong Kong, and the birth of both my daughters.

I found to late its to easy to blame others and everything else but myself for my mistakes, and I know I  wouldn’t trade a day with no pain and 21 again for anything, it’s not the years that gets us, it’s the miles, please believe if you come to my funeral when I finally decide to leave this planet, there won’t be anything pretty in that box, I’m gonna use it all up and make another 42+ years of memories, devilish grins and bruises–j

the focus of water

As a kid his speed and size, his physique and speed kept me mesmerized for hours.

not knowing until way later in life the dedication, personal pain, loss grief and envy he had to suffer before he became successful, I had no idea that Bruce Lee was my first glimpse of a “self-made success”.  I had the opportunity to see his grave in Hong kong, and visit his restaurant there as well, although we did get thrown out because they were closed, but didn’t lock the front door, so we went in, and I should have taken more pictures…

“Self-made” is such a misnomer. What did he have that I didn’t? drive? death of a loved one? black hair? or was it heart?

heart I think is the answer. a heart that says “I can’t stop”, not ” I won’t stop” that’s cliché.

i can’t stop, throw rocks, i catch them, tell jokes, i laugh at them, tell me I can’t, and I prove you wrong.

why? because Bruce knew what we all learn to late in life.

the only person we are responsible to on this planet

the only person that can hold us truly accountable to our word,

is the person staring back at us in the mirror.

enjoy–j

Oh! and please remember, if you are going to do it, do what you love, if they want to pay you for it, that’s even better.