Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Words to live by

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!’”
-Hunter S. Thompson

Today my post is a bit different from the normal ho hum boating dialogue. Today, I would like to reflect on life. There are certain aspects of my life that I obviously do not share here. I prefer to stick with just sailing/travel/fixing related topics. However, yesterday there were events that panned out that were out of my control. I won't go into details but they were family health related. Sometimes things happen and there is nothing you can do about. Hakuna Matata, right? It is moments like these that make me embrace my short life here on this earth. It seems that many people, Americans especially, get so caught up in the details of their lives that they forget to go out and live. Life shouldn't be about making money or buying cars, houses, and handbags. It should be about family, love, friends, and embracing imperfection. Sure, a little money would be nice, but it shouldn't be the focus. 

This morning I was reading through the millions (not really) of blogs that I subscribe to and came upon one peculiar post. A girl that I went to high school with has a very cute blog about art, fashion, and all things life. (Link here: From the Aisle to Aloha)  I don't know her well, but her cheery little blog brightens my day. Apparently some one left a very mean anonymous comment on a picture of her with messy hair. Maybe it is just odd timing but it's amazing how trite these things seem. Someone actually took the time to criticize this girls hair over the internet?! People all over the world are suffering and dying and this is what we have come to?

I guess my point is, I have decided that we all should take a step back, sit down for a moment, and just enjoy being alive. I know my life isn't the one for everyone but I am happy with the path I am taking and that is all that matters. Sure, i'll most likely be broke the rest of my life, but I would rather be broke and have a wild ride than sitt in the passenger seat of life.  

"So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?"
-Hunter S. Thompson


  1. I want to read more from Hunter S. Thompson. And your friend with the bad hair seems to have her head screwed on correctly. Thanks.