“I started a big band when grunge was popular. I mean, that didn’t make much sense.” “To keep creating something with this type of music, you have to take it out of the box.” -Brian Setzer When I decided we should try something new and begin to write concert reviews for whatever shows we go […]
"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion."-Albert Camus
We each have our own history. My brother, Dave and I, I mean. We each have had our own problems with authority and our own stories to tell because of it. Not to say we're sociopaths, what I mean is we each have our owns dreams, visions, and talents that very much differ from the majority of those around us, and even differ between the three of us in general. We all have different perspectives of the world. And even though we might view things differently, our views happen to work really well in correlation to one another. Its almost as if, we were destined to come together and live our lives along side each other. And I've always felt that way.
See, when I was 17 or 18 years old, I had a dream one night. I had went to bed the night before and I had a dream. About what you might be asking yourself?
I had a dream I was sitting in my brother's bedroom, with a guitar in hand, talking to a colleague about the future. In this dream, someone who I haven't really hung out with much before, or someone that I didn't really have a large rapport with, was communicating their interest in starting a band with my brother and I. In this dream, we talked and realized we shared the same passions, the same goals and the same disdain for authority. And in this dream, we agreed to peruse these goals together. The three of us as one. Working towards a common outcome. What happened next? I woke up...And surely enough, a few months after experiencing that dream, my brother and I had welcomed a new addition into our band. Who was this third addition? If you haven't guessed it by now, it was Dave. Now, let me remind you that when that dream had occurred all those months ago, Dave and I were not close in the least. My brother kind of knew him because they were in the same grade together. But I only knew of him. Because we went to the same school together but never talked.
I don't know if you believe in fate or destiny or whether you even believe my story. But what I do know is, our connecting with one another was not by chance. Rather it was a predetermined.You might be asking yourself. "Predetermined? By what? Who?" Honestly, I really have no idea. Not a clue. In fact, it doesn't even matter. That's the wrong question to ask. What you should be asking next is "do I have a destiny as well?"
The answer, while simple if you really think about it, is not something I can give you, or your parents, or your school teachers, or your lawyer, your priest or anyone for that matter. The only person who can give you that answer...is you. YOU hold the key to your destiny. The trick is, finding out what you're good at, what you love, what pulls you in and what makes you feel fulfilled. People have this misconception that they need to constantly push themselves, and being successful is a battle of willpower and whoever can push themselves the most wins. How wrong that is. There is only so much willpower can do. If you hate your job all the willpower in the world isn't going to change that. If you're reaching for a piece of gold that actually has no substantial meaning to you in the long run, all the willpower in the world isn't going to give you that last inch you need to get it. Pushing yourself only gets you so far. Its when you believe in something to such a degree that you feel like you are being PULLED to it, that you will finally know what you should be doing with your life.Which brings me to my next point...Fear. People fear a lot of things. And rightfully so. The world can be a scary place. But, as Seneca the Younger says in his book The Shortness of Life:"The problem is you're living as if you're destined to live forever. Your own frailty never occurs to you. You don't notice how much time has already past yet you squander it as though you had a full and overflowing supply. You act like mortals in all that you fear and immortals in all that you desire." What does he mean by that? Everyone can have their own interpretations but for me, Seneca is talking about how people frivolously waste time on activities, jobs, girlfriends, boyfriends, ungrateful friends, or whatever that either: 1. don't help them reach their goals and 2. bring them down. Go outside, you can see it on virtually everyone's face. How they're not LIVING life. They are simply passing time. What a dreadful way of living that must be. To wake up every morning, knowing your life is not your own but continue along the path of passivity with no hope, no plans, no ultimate sense of the big picture. Let us pray for those who are lost, good thing you aren't...except...you probably are... If you have read this far, you probably are lost but there are two good things about your situation. The first being, you know something isn't right and you want to make a change. The second..its not necessarily your fault. Let me explain
I want you to think really hard about history. Take a look at who has controlled wealth throughout history. To keep this short, I'll skip to a few thousands years ago. You had chiefs of tribes. They controlled these things. Fast forward a little bit more, you had warriors like Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great. They invaded and conquered foreign lands which gave them control over wealth. Later you had explorers like Francisco Pizzaro and Vasco Nunez de Balboa who controlled the wealth. Next you had Kings and Matriarchs. Then banking families like the Rothschilds who past down their wealth from generation to generation. Then you have the Robert Barrons of the world, Carnegie, Rockefeller all the way up until the modern world. After them it was Industrialist. People like Henry Ford. And finally, in the 1950's, you had the rise of the Corporation. That is the reality that your parents, and you and I, grew up in. The 9 to 5 job. The "Salary Slave". Where the answer to having the good life was going to school and working for one of these powerful corporations. The thing about this corporation mindset and going to school to get the "good life" is, you are only being taught to be someone else's employee. Its the corporate game. You're not creating the good life for yourself, but wealth for the head honcho. Now why isn't that your fault? Because this system was designed to do as such. You grew up in it and because of that, you didn't know any better. But you know what? There is something better than the corporate mindset and that is the FREEDOM mindset. Right now a lot of people are trapped within that corporate mindset, which is to say that they're also trapped in that timeline. That 1950's era. The reason for this is because our educational system has failed us. The system in general has failed us. Its broken. And the so to speak brainwashing of that mindset is what holds people back. Modern schools do not prepare you to acquire the good life of health, wealth, love and happiness. They COULD. But they don't. If you study history its obvious why. The current educational system was created by the British. They wanted to create cookie cutter paper pushers to run their empires for them. And by keeping the masses passive, lost, and even a little hopeless, they could effectively create a workforce that ensured their empire's profit, while leaving the individual broken. They replaced practical and real world education with all the nonsense you and I were taught to learn growing up. And for whatever reason this intensely outdated curriculum is still in use today.
Except, its not for an unknown reason. Its because big powerful people see its value. They want you to be passive. They don't want you to think differently. We, however, do. The world doesn't need more paper pushers. It needs good, individualistic people like you, creating opportunities for themselves and the people around them. The world needs YOU to find your calling, give it all you got, and pick up people who are down along the way.So where am I going with this? I want to explain. Now, this is the most important part of this entire rant, so please...pay attention... As of today and the last few years, we live in a new world. Something completely unheard of has risen on the timeline that has NEVER been on there before. We now have the rise of the SELF-MADE persons. In as little words as possible, I'm talking about FREEDOM. And not just a piece of paper like a government's declaration of independence. I'm talking about practical, real, live your life the way you want to, freedom.
There has literally never been a better time to be alive than the present time. Right now is the best time to be alive for anyone who has the guts, the determination, the courage..to go their own way. To do their own thing. There's no need to feel bogged down by the dogma of those before you who seem perpetually concerned with security. Salary Slaves. Don't get us wrong, there is nothing wrong with wanting to live an average life in an average setting. The world does need everyday workers. We're not talking to everyone. Not everyone needs to read this. We're looking for that creative mind who was told there was no money in their passion. There was no way to make a living off their art. We're here to tell you that you CAN follow your passions and still be quite successful. That does not mean its going to be easy. Far from it. Its going to take all your might, all your will, all your attention. BUT, you can't deny the fact that it is completely possible. And if there is any reason we're here, besides our perceived destiny, it is to show all of you out there, who know they want something more from life, that it is completely possible.So, ask yourself this..do you want to be another number filed under the status quo? Do you want to make someone else a fortune, help them live lavishly while you live averagely? Or do you want something more? The choice is yours.
What will you choose?