Life passes by so quickly. Be you.
2015 is just a few weeks away. How are you preparing for the New Year? Or, are you even preparing? Is it just another day on the calendar for you? 2014, for me, was a pivotal year of joy, sorrow, stress and excitement. I embraced numerous public challenges and accomplished them with somewhat ease. I shared my struggles and my goals, my hopes and my dreams with 100s of people. I pushed myself to do things I never thought possible, and yet at the same time knew all along were capable. I realized that unless I step outside the box of self-comfort, that I would never truly be happy.
Our states of life are not dictated by the date on the wall or the age of our body, but in the actions and progress we make to attain greatness. When I was studying to be a Catholic Priest I read so many amazing and miraculous stories of saints and wondered: Could I ever achieve such greatness as sainthood? The simple answer is: Yes, sainthood is possible for everyone. But, with everyone, saints included, there are moments of greatness and weakness that pop up daily. The difference between saints and us, is first off: they’re dead, but secondly, they chose the path less traveled. It is so easy to fall into the crowd and walk with those around us in hopes that it leads us to greatness. But, in reality, to achieve personal greatness we must step outside our current self-made prisons and run with the passions and gifts that we have been given. In doing this, in reaching out and breaking from our current norm we will be able to see the sunrise of a new era of our lives. But, unless we do something different, nothing different will ever happen or change. You hear me talk a lot about the rule of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. I realized this past year that I was unhealthy and out of shape, and I had to get in better shape. Had it not been for me seeking out someone with knowledge on weightlifting and nutrition, I would still be where I was. Our lives are not meant to be away from the crowd entirely, it’s not like all saints were hermits who lived by themselves. Rather, we are called to be ourselves within the crowd. Everyone has something special within themselves that makes them unique, and at the same time wonderful. I have met so many great people over this past year and I have realized the one thing that makes them all special: Self. They all acted like themselves, they challenged themselves, and they OWNED themselves. Sometimes when we meet people they act as though they are not comfortable in their own skin. They are afraid to speak for fear of offending someone. They are afraid to act for fear of upsetting someone. Well, let me be straight with you here: 2015 is a few weeks away, and pardon my language, but don’t give a shit what anyone thinks about you. NEVER let anyone’s thoughts of you STOP you from achieving the greatness that you are called to. NEVER let the possible fear of offending another stop you from taking the next step. The reality of life, and especially our current culture, is that people LOOK for reasons to be offended. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if people were offended that I just used a cuss word in my blog. The world is getting crazy, but you have to hold onto your SELF. It’s your SELF that makes you special. We need unique leaders, and people who are passionate to lead our generation to the next level. We need good people who want other’s lives to be better out there leading the charge. It’s so easy to become a prisoner of fear. Fear of offending others, fear of hurting others, fear of losing others, fear of harming others etc. But, when it comes down to it, that nature of the person is what will shine through the action. We are all ordered towards the good. So Stand up, believe in yourself, and if YOUR will be good, let it explode with all that you are and lead other’s to their greatness.
In closing: Take the next few weeks to figure out how YOU can be better. Not happy with your weight? Set a goal. Not happy with your job? Set a goal. Not happy with yourself? Set a goal. Life is about consistently challenging ourselves to be something better. We are always getting old, we can’t stop that, but we can make sure we are progressing to the greatness we are called to.
Thank you for sharing your time with me this past year. Thank you for your encouragement and support, your challenges and your insight.
2015 will be a crazy year of changes and challenges regarding “Charlie Backer”. I look forward to sharing them with you in the coming weeks.
Till then, BOOM.