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‘Record Year’: Why 2018 Will Be Great…

Welcome To The Future

It is officially 2018, whether you like it or not. So now you have some choices, which is incredibly important to understand and sit with. Here are three reasons:

  1. You are not dead | [barring some Elon Musk-ish, Matrix-like time-travel AI operating model]
  2. You have the option to control much of your environment | [though, it takes courage]
  3. You have the ability to reach… anyone[like seriously, anyone – anywhere]

Described to two others today, I mentioned in passing the tendency to, “not think A, b, c …can’t help but do the reverse and go Z, y, z …” and in reality that is just a high degree of paranoia. And frankly insecurity. But, made peace with that in 2017.

So now it is January 1st, 2018 and everyone all over has made their New Year’s Resolutions (that most will break within a matter of months, weeks – even days) and are moving forward.

The hard part is not the idea of having a resolution. The open challenge is how to stay committed to a resolution in the face of everything (and everyone) else. That takes the aforementioned Courage.

But thankfully, because of the three points mentioned, one can elect to make it a…well, a ‘Record Year’.

So without standing even higher on this (very tiny) soapbox, that is the open challenge.

Why ‘Record Year’?

  • Music has always been around growing up…

  • Fortune prevailed with whom and where the ‘growing up’ occurred…

  • Age has not (yet) taken all the memories associated with those fortunate series of events…

Super basic, but really that is all of it – albeit heavily distilled. And with that, also the feeling that others can (and have) said it more articulately:

“I just want to say, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for a very special night here in Chattanooga, Tennessee . . . Every night, EVERY NIGHT, when I sing this song – doesn’t matter, I’ve sang it a thousand times, but…I still remember my first amphitheater concert – ahh, I was sixteen years old. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Charolette, North Carolina. And…I remember…I remember the way the grass smelled…I remember the way the sky looked. I remember…the taste of the beer from the older couple that we stole it from, just down the lawn. [Ha] I had a melody connected self with a memory that night, and that’s what this song’s about. It’s about something that…we’re gonna remember for a long, long time…and, uhhh – if you’re indulge me. Um, I’m gonna connect…I’m gonna connect a melody, in a memory…right now…
– Eric Church’s Caught in the Act: Live (2013)

What’s The Point?

So as 2017 came to a close in what (in hindsight) should have been expected dramatic fashion, the idea is to accept that and be present. Today (2018), being present means taking in lessons, sitting with them – no matter the discomfort you have in that moment – and being thoughtful about the next step. No matter how small, just be mindful. That again is easy to say, hard to do in practice.

Thinking about this first post did not happen in a vacuum: be it yesterday, the previous month, or even the previous year.

That’s why 2018 has the opportunity to be a ‘Record Year‘ by taking thoughtful steps to navigate both the short term reality and the (reliably predictable, but at times scary) future.

Be selective of those you chose to lean on when the unavoidable challenging times arise. They will help you stand firm. That truly is all there is, and those who are outside of that circle have little to no incentive to care why you’re standing – wherever you elect to stand.

So with that, chose to act in such a way in order to make it a Record Year.

Note: Images above (sources below) are from live version of ‘Record Year’ stumbled upon today from a live Eric Church performance on January 20th, 2017 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Best,

brooks

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Updates

Update1 & Update2 – TypoFix: ‘Described to a two other’s today…’

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