Practice What You Preach
It is too easy to say that you are going to do something and never actually follow through on it. At one point or another, we have all been what as known as “keyboard warriors.” You know, where you act a different way behind the screen of a computer screen than you do in your actual life. Well, if you truly want to make a difference in the world, you cant just say that you want to do something without actually doing it. You need to practice what you preach.
Ok, so what the heck does this whole practice what your preach spiel have to do with anything? Truthfully, it is the same concept as changing your environment. If you want to change your life, then you have to be willing to change. If you are not willing to change or to accept change in your life, then you are never going to improve.
To change my ways, I am focusing on living for the memories and seeking every opportunity for new adventures. It is all about living in the moment and enjoying every experience. Currently, I am in the midst of a 13-hour car ride to Nashville, Tennessee. Why? I think a better question would be why not. Why not road trip 13 hours on a Saturday only to turn right around on a Sunday and do the drive all over again.
About three weeks ago, I was invited to go to a Luke Bryan concert for my birthday. Not being much of a country listener, I said yes because I actually have a minor man crush on Luke Bryan. If nothing else, at least I was getting the experience of a country concert. But to be completely honest, the concert was incredible. Seriously, I had more fun that night that I can remember having in a while.
During the concert, my sister’s friend (who is basically our adopted sister) said that she wanted to go see a Carrie Underwood concert. It just so happened that Carrie Underwood was performing the day after my “adopted sister’s” birthday. The only issue was that the concert was in Nashville. While some might see this as an issue, we saw it as an opportunity. We saw it as an opportunity for new adventure and an opportunity to create life lasting memories.
Three weeks later, here we are. Our alarms are set for 4am and we are on the road by 4:15. A 13-hour car ride just to see Carrie Underwood, sleep for a few hours, and get right back up to make the drive back home. Really, I am indifferent about the concert. What I am most excited for are the stories and the memories that will be made. Nothing creates better memories than times spent with some of your closest friends.
Sure, you can think two days in the car might not seem like fun, but you will never know unless you try. You will never know what might be along the way, what you might experience, and what you might be missing out on. For me, no amount of time in the car can excuse passing up another opportunity in my life.
At work on Friday, my co-workers asked me why I would make the trip for a concert, especially if it was just for the night. Again, why not. I have spent enough time by myself for the last five years. This life is the best gift that we can ever receive. Since we only get one life, I want to make the most out of every opportunity that is in front of me. If our car breaks down on the side of the road, so be it. If we are too tired to go to the concert, so be it. The future is unpredictable. All I want to do is just live my life and try new experiences.
While it is not always easy, it is important to practice what you preach. It is important because if you don’t, you are not only missing out. You are missing out on the amazing adventures that life has to offer, but you are also preventing yourself from living an incredible life. Take it from someone who spent five years passing up on everything. You have every opportunity in front of you. Practice what you preach, stay true to your beliefs, and take risks. Practice what you preach and grow into an even better individual than you already are.
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