I currently have Four hundred and ninety-seven friends on Facebook. I only probably interact with fifty of those people IF that. Facebook, twitter,my space (HA!), pintrest,linked in. The list goes on, social media is more prevalent now than ever before. Talk to all your friends from high school, never lose touch with anyone. But What if i want to lose touch with someone? What if were not meant to stay in touch with everybody forever. Sounds harsh i know, but there are plenty of people that if i saw, i would walk right by them. Harsh, but this about survival.
Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Oliver stone. What do those men have in common besides being very successful filmmakers? They were best friends before they ever got near success. They all shared a dream, a dream to make great films. What are the dreams of the people you surround yourself with, do they just want to “get by”. No matter what you think, the people you choose to hang out with have an effect on your life. Whether its good or bad, well that’s up too.
If someone says you can’t do something, walk away from them. “well no one in your family has ever amounted to anything”, Well you know what, ill be the first. Don’t argue with these people, don’t even give them the time of day. Surround yourself with people who challenge the norm, who believe they can make a difference, the people who realize that money doesn’t guarantee happiness and are willing to fail again and again. The people who wont walk away from you when your down, but will walk towards you.
I know that if i want to get anywhere near my dream, i need to be around people who will challenge me. Who aren’t afraid to call me out when i mess up. There a lot of things in life that we can’t avoid, but there a lot that we can. Don’t let the people around be the ones who cause you stress, move on. You may be alone for a while, but you’ll be alone in peace. I don’t want to successful by myself, i want the people who i surround myself with to be there with me, but they’ll only be there if there willing to climb to the top with you.
I recently found myself without power for 7 days (it was all of my own doing of course) but that’s besides the point. 7 days doesn’t seem like a long time, but I believe it is. 7 days in a week, 7 days to create the earth, 7 days to form a new habit. I believe theirs a lot of importance around 7 days. 7 days without power was not something i would ever wish or ask for, but it was somehow something i needed.
I send a challenge to everybody who thinks they need something in there lives. Go 7 days without it. The first day without power was awful, Facebook? Nope, Videogames? Nope. Netflix? Nope. What the hell am i going to do with myself? In that question, i found the answer. I spent sometime with Myself. I had time to read those books ive been dying to catch up on, I fell asleep to the noises of nature instead of Futurama in on my tv. When the sun went to sleep, so did I. Waking up early is easy when you don’t have a bright screen to keep you up all night.
It’s nice to have friends over when you’re not in front of a bright screen. We talked about things that I forgot even existed, We shared laughs, we noticed things around us. No bright screen to distract us. Now don’t get it wrong, I love my little bright screen every night. I’ve had many good nights in front of my bright screen. I missed my bright screen, but when the bright screen isn’t around, you have time to notice the things that can never be cut off from you life. The things you don’t have to wait 7 days to enjoy again.
It took me 7 days to realize certain things about my life that I would have never noticed otherwise, all I had to do was pull a cord out of the wall. We take things or granted, you turn the switch on and off, all day long. Never realizing that something so simple as electricity has a lot more complications in our life than we realize. The sun never sends me a monthly bill, We take for granted the things around us that we don’t have to pay for. Turn the switches off, pull the cords out of the wall. Open your shades up, invite your friends and family over. Enjoy their laughs, the stories they tell. You wont be able to watch them over and over again on a bright little screen when their gone.