That lasts for a little while. Humans thrive. Invent the rotisserie. Build the internet. Watch porn.
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After a bit, though (and this part of the story is still unwritten, but definitely coming) the sun sloughs off its outer layers, obliterating all of the inner planets as it dies. Then, as the fusion at the sun’s core that keeps it inflated runs out of raw materials, it collapses into a white dwarf, and the solar system weeps as it loses yet another great player to retirement.
The cute little pinpricks of light you see out there are other giant, explosive, incredibly pissed-off balls of gas floating in an infinite void, most of which are far more impressive than our puny sun. And that smear of milky white through the sky? That’s the center of our own galaxy — a gigantic pinwheel circling a supermassive black hole like floating detritus around the vortex of a flushing toilet.
There’s a lot of crazy shit going on out there.
And in fact, the Earth could bite the dust at any time.
And you were worried that trying something new might make you look dumb or that your business might not make any money.
What the fuck is wrong with you?
The universe doesn’t care about you. It can’t. It’s too big, with too much going on.
We can’t do things differently, because the system, however imperfect, works and is extremely delicate. We might upset it by thinking outside the box. We have to weigh every decision, because a butterfly flapping its wings in Nova Scotia could cause a hurricane in Guam. Or, as Homer Simpson taught us, if you kill a mosquito in dinosaur times, Ned Flanders might become the unquestioned lord and master of the universe.
We can’t do something that might make us look ridiculous, because first impressions last forever. We can’t try and fail, because then we’ll be ruined forever.
That means that although what you do doesn’t matter to the universe, it should matter one hell of a lot to YOU.
In fact, it should matter to you more than it currently does.
Think about this. Now.
NEVER. You will never be younger again. It’s like being on a train with no stops that’s always leading you farther and farther from home… or closer and closer to home, depending on how you look at it. You can never get off that train. You can never board a train going the opposite direction. If you missed a stop, tough shit. If there was this great thing even just two miles back that you decided not to do, you can’t change your mind and go do it. That place is gone forever.
A simple example for me is skateboarding. I’d have loved to do that. And sure, adults can learn to skateboard. I’m a huge believer in “it’s never too late for X.” But really… REALLY… if you want to truly skate, that’s something for the young. I know I won’t be taking it up now, shredding through our concrete jungle.
This is game time, champ. You’re in. You’re in, playing, right now, and the clock is ticking. So stop wondering what it all means and how you’ll possibly ever do X and what people will think, and get on with your life already. Stop being a pussy and go do something amazing.
Do epic shit.
I’m just now getting around to the end of the newer Battlestar Galacticaseries and something hit me when Dr. Baltar suited up with the troops for the end assault on the Cylon colony. It’s this:
Noble people do noble things.
If you want to be awesome in this life, do awesome things. If you want to be a leader, do some leading. If you want to be an expert, do the things an expert does.
A few weeks ago, I talked to Trust Agents co-author Julien Smith, and soon after, he sent me a tweet and for a moment, I wondered, “How the hell can I be more epic?” But then I realized something really obvious.To be epic, all I’d need to do is to do epic shit.
If you fail, big deal.
You don’t matter to the planets and the sun and the stars, but you matter to YOU. You matter to those around you. You matter to those you can reach, and touch, and who you live and die with.
Stop waiting for someone to give you what you want.
The two things I do are writing novels and talking about becoming “Legendary” which is my own hard-edged, punch-you-in-the-face-because-I-love-you brand of human potential and personal development.
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