This song will change your life.

This song changed my life. Helped me realize there’s so much more to life than consumption, that FOMO is fake, while YOLO is probably true.

Back in early 2000’s, my ride was grandpa’s old Renault 5. Three doors, green-ish colour, nice little ride, with suspension so bad it felt at times like it had square wheels.

Oh, how I loved driving that car! For it took me places, it took me away from despairs of my hometown, and into the bright future.

It was my ride for the journey of life. A change. Freedom.

It was the quarantined environment without anybody falling victim to my terrible singing.

I’d lit a cigarette, and play music at maximum volume those old speakers could handle.

„… with them windshield wipers slapping time, 

and Bobby clapping hands, 

we finally sang up every song that driver knew.

FREEDOM’S JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE, 

NOTHING AIN’T WORTH NOTHING BUT IT’S FREEEE“

I’d sing from the top of my lungs, and I truly believed that busted old Fiver could take me all the way to New Orleans. From Maribor, Slovenia.

Youth has no limits.

As we entered the digital music age, I couldn’t afford a CD-player for my old car. But then Steve Jobs showed me the future — iPod shuffle. Little, white, neat, affordable player. I instantly fell in love with it. And Apple. And Steve.

I had this little black fake cassette, with a cable, and an audio jack you could put into the car stereo, connect to the iPod on the other end, and play digital music.

I used to hang that cable around the rear view mirror, and just let Shuffle dangle during the ride.

And then I entered the Sunscreen era. Not sure where I first heard it, but I immediately knew I had to have that song. Baz Luhrmann’s Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen.

That song inspired me to many right choices. Important lifestyle decisions. That song changed my life.

So here it is, just for you, my dear Reader.

Take your headphones, or your loudest speakers, and play it. LOUD. Repeat.

I hope it changes your life. If it doesn’t, you haven’t heard it yet.

Play again. And again. And again. Thank me later.

God bless!

 

Be present. Turn your autopilot off.

Most of the unhappy individuals you’ll meet have one thing in common: they run on autopilot. Cruise control.

They don’t want to wake up in the morning, they have to. They scream at everyone, they smoke, eat unhealthily, and they commute farther than they’d like to.

They hate every meter of their morning ride, honking, and shouting, showing fingers in morning traffic outbursts.

And they complain. A lot. About the boss, the company, the government. It’s always somebody else to blame.

And if you dig deeper, they run on autopilot. Every day they hate everything they do. Rinse, and repeat. You ask Why, and they’re surprised: mortgage for the house, car loan, things they buy, that’s why.

Let’s stop pretending that’s the hard life. It’s easy. It is easy to not do anything. It is easy to complain without considering solutions.

Have you ever noticed, that you never find an unhappy person with an active lifestyle? Stressed yoga practitioner. Angry meditator. Depressed runner.

It’s not life to blame, it’s You. You turned on your own autopilot, and then you let go. Because it’s easier, going with the flow, suffering through the pain.

Taking the steering wheel is the hard thing. It’s going to be hard. You have to make some tough choices. Accept responsibility. Say to the person in the mirror:“It’s your fault!“

Maybe sell this shiny car that cost way more than you can afford. Sell the rest of the stuff that doesn’t add real value. You know, the things you don’t need, but bought them to impress the people you don’t like.

Go pay off your debts. Get some financial discipline. Live below your means. Simplify. Own less. Stick with what makes you happy.

Sure, it’s hard. You know you have to do sports if you want to be stronger. You have to eat better if you want to become leaner. You have to quit smoking if you don’t want to die young and smelly. You have to avoid impulse purchases to save money for the things you really need.

It’s tough. But sooner or later, all those have to’s turn into want-to’s. And suddenly you’re much more relaxed, content, joyful. Life is easier. You have hobbies, and you’re better at your job. Better at living.

Every change is hard. But the results of good efforts outweigh the energy invested. That’s why we do it. That’s why the best of our species don’t run on autopilot.

Shut off your cruise-control. Take the steering wheel. Push the pedal. Do. It. Now!

Steer to the place where you’re exactly what you always wanted to be. You already know how to get there. Drum bun!

… and God bless!

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