Show Up

Here’s what’s bound to be an unpopular notion – quit yer bitchin’ and just go to work.

Not only that, show up looking like you’re ready to be there, willing to be there and invested in the outcome of whatever you’re working on.

Is your life perfect? No.

Is your job perfect? No.

Do you have all your wishes and dreams fulfilled? No.

No one does. That is so not the point.

Look, I hear you. I’m thoroughly a Gen X’er. Cynicism is like air to us. We heard stuff like “The Power of Positive Thinking” and “affirmations” and wanted to throw up all over it. And exactly where did that get us? The Boomers are depressed because no one prepared them to run the planet and here they are stuck doing it. Gen X’ers are depressed because we keep telling ourselves over and over again that everything in the world defies the laws of physics and managed to both suck and blow at the same time. On top of that we pat ourselves on the back for how clever and funny we are at mocking and denigrating everything.

Here’s the thing though – no amount of bitter cynicism and denial of reality will make reality bend to our wills. The fact of the matter is that you really are what you do most of the time, so if you spend most of your life pointing out the flaws in everything you will become a sad, bitter and cynical bastard who no one wants to spend any time around, and no matter how superior you think you are, being alone and left out actually literally literally sucks (thank you John Oliver).

So knock it the hell off.

You know what’s amazing? Everything! Why? Because it is!

You are alive. Go do stuff. And while you’re at it, get a decent haircut and dress like you give a damn about the rest of the planet who has to look at you.

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