“Once a man most wisely said, ‘be sure you’re right, then go ahead.’ He could have added this to wit, ‘be sure you’re wrong before you quit.’” – Ralph “Speedy” Carder
I love words. Maybe it’s because my pop spent my younger years employed as a high school English teacher. I’m the guy that wigs out when people use “your” when they should use “you’re.” I love word play and double meaning almost as much. It makes me sad to see our society devolve into a mass of “lol’s” and emoticons. “Lives” lived in 144 characters, or less (or is it fewer?).
I was thrilled to discover that the domain “quityourlife.com” was available. My background and study of marketing makes me acutely aware of the value of a powerful headline, especially in the age of information overload. The ambiguity was also intentional. This blog is happening in real time. I’m not sitting at the finish line trying to catch my breath, I’m still walking through my life minute by minute. Out of necessity, to put all of this in context, some of the posts will be stories of where I’ve been, since I’m really only trying to share my journey. The thoughts in it will be mine, and I’ve been told that I’m pretty closed minded (I like to think that I know what I like) The flip side is that I’ve come to a point where I understand that I’ve got enough on my plate trying to figure out mine… feel free to be whatever you choose, as long as you’re willing to live with the consequences and take responsibility for your decisions. I’ve discovered, or perhaps more accurately I’m in the process of discovering what works for me and mine. All I’m doing here is encouraging anyone who happens to run across this slice of cyberspace to ask the question “do you want to keep living the life you’re currently living?” Notice that I didn’t ask “are you happy with your life?” I think that happiness is too fickle to use as an indicator. I want to be as happy as I can be and if I was simply advocating the path that “leads to crooked rivers and crooked men,” then I think it might be more appropriate. What I am advocating is much more along the lines of the sentiments expressed by Davy Crockett during his time Congress.
Although our great man at the head of the nation, has changed his course, I will not change mine. … I was also a supporter of this administration after it came into power, and until the Chief Magistrate changed the principles which he professed before his election. When he quitted those principles, I quit him. I am yet a Jackson man in principles, but not in name… I shall insist upon it that I am still a Jackson man, but General Jackson is not; he has become a Van Buren man.
- On US President Andrew Jackson, as quoted in David Crockett: The Man and the Legend (1994) by James Atkins Shackford, p. 112
I ran across Davy Crockett while looking for the origin of the quote at the beginning of this post. It’s something my father in law has said for as long as I have known him, and my wife assures me that he’s said it longer than that. The first part is actually a reference to Davy Crockett’s personal motto
I’ve done some looking and have not been able to find any reference to the rest of the quote anywhere.
So, as you see, this blog is far more about moving forward than about sitting down and putting your head in your hands (although, undoubtedly there will be those days) I am a firm believer that in this life, you must be present to win. I believe that every life has a purpose. I don’t think it’s an either or proposition. Chris Guillebeau, author of The Art of Non-Conformity put’s it this way.
When you reach the convergence between getting what you really want while also helping others in a unique way, I call this “world domination,” where you live a life of adventure and focus on leaving a legacy that makes a radical difference for other people. There’s no need to settle or accept anything less.
― Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Non-Conformity
I don’t think it’s an accident that either one of us is here. Even the tag line of my site isn’t totally accurate. I believe that we only get one life on this earth, but I also believe, as Paul wrote to the Corinthians,
17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
1 Corinthians, 15: 17-19
So, why are you here?