So at 11:16am on November 26th, I turn 29 years old! By the age of 1, my Dad dropped me down the stairs and I broke my leg and I was dropped to the pavement by my Aunt after I peed on her. Maybe that’s why I’m a little slow but I think I’ve figured out one thing I want to share today…
I was going to say, “Wow, where has the time gone?” but I don’t really like that saying (even though I’m guilty of saying it sometimes), because of what I believe it represents.
I have concluded that people who state, “Where has the time gone?” repeatedly might not have figured out what life is all about. Yesterday, while I was sitting in Central Park in New York City I started doing some reflecting on where I am at in life.
What is one of the best pieces of advice I could give you from being on this earth for 29 years? Here it is…
Life is not about being comfortable.
Ask yourself, “Does pursuing comfort and security and trying to minimize problems and stress and maximize safety and security make your hear beat faster?”
Does seeking a life of comfort motivate you to get out of bed each morning? I think this life can be associated with the most dangerous object in your house. It’s a back-reclining, deeply cushioned, foot-resting death trap called the easy chair (usually spelled EZ because using only 2 letters takes less effort).
You don’t buy these chairs because of their beauty. And they are not called “challenge chairs” or “adventure chairs.” They’re called EZ, and you buy them for one reason: comfort.
I hope my life never represents a EZ chair.
What’s so dangerous about this EZ chair is not the things you do while you are in it but the things you don’t do. The relationships you never deepen, the risks you never take, the adventures you never go on, the races you never run, the battles you never fight, the laughs you don’t laugh and the tears you don’t cry. The best present I ever received that I want to share with you is this:
“You were made for something more than life in a chair!”
So let me ask you…
What challenges, risk and adventures are you taking today?
I’m not talking about going over Niagara Falls in a barrel or betting your life saving on the Toronto Maple Leafs but I’m saying that if you really want to grow up and experience life, you need to leave your comfort zone.
I don’t believe anybody who lives a comfortable life is truly living and I believe that only people who say yes to challenge, demand and risk are ever fully alive.
Even from my own experience, every time I decide to stay in my comfort zone, I change a little and so do you. Your heart and spirit starts to die and your addiction to comfort gets a little stronger.
In my 29 years, all positive change in my life has happened outside of my comfort zone. The next level for you, whether it is physically, intellectually or spiritually, will be outside of your comfort zone.
A good sign that you’re out side of your comfort zone is when you ask, “Am I going to be able to finish this?” Yes, it’s going to hurt a bit.
This email was not written to be forwarded to your friends. It was written just for you. I actually wrote this for myself as a little birthday present. I need to be reminded of this message equally so.
Have a great day jumping in the fire!
Vince Del Monte
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