Life is full of mismatched clichés. The one that sticks in my mind right off the bat is ‘if it’s meant to be, it’s going to be’. Now, this cliché has many different off-shoots and various religious connections with it resulting in conversations about how much and what God controls. That’s a road I’m not going to walk down because people get mad when you talk about sex, politics and religion.
So leave the saying as ‘if it’s meant to be, it’s going to be’, it’s a good saying and something that I think most people would, at least, somewhat agree with. I think I do, it’s one of those things that keeps me up at night pondering what’s really going on out there. The statement/cliché is really bigger than just words, but more of a faith statement.
Whatever you faith might be, from fall on your knees every night in the blessed name of Jesus Christ to atheist, we all believe in different things. I personally believe ‘if it’s meant to be, it’s going to be’ and that probably comes from a personal off-shoot of ‘there is a reason for everything’, but I also believe that we can’t just sit around and wait for something ‘to be’.
We need to make things happen. We can’t just sit around and wait for what is meant to be to be handed to us in some type of charity or dumb luck. No, we need to go out into the world, whatever that world might be, and make a charge, make a stand and try to make what you want to happen actually happen.
Personally, I want to be everything in the world I can be. I want to be a writer, radio host, DJ, song writer, singer, late night TV host, comedian; I just want to be a lot of things. Chances are good that I’m not going to be all of those, hell, if I’m lucky I get to be three maybe four of those things. I believe that whatever I’m going to be, whatever path that I’m going to walk down in this world will present itself somehow, someway, someday. I also believe that I can better myself in all of those fields, in order to prepare myself for whatever does come.
I can go write more to better my writing, I can pick up more shifts at the radio station to shape my DJing, I can push myself to learn more guitar to become a better performer, I can write down five minutes of stand-up and find out how horrible I am, I can do a lot of stuff.
Someday, it will all become clear to me what I’m going to do with my life; the scary part is that it might not even be one of the things I want to be now. I have faith that direction will come to me someday as a sign from God, a Facebook post, a moment of inspiration from a TV program or doing something ridiculous to impress a girl. It will happen, but what I need to do, and what we all need to do, is to prepare ourselves for whatever will come in our lives, so we can flourish when we are called to what we are meant to do.
I know the magic eight-ball that decides my fate will give me a life that is full of awesome experiences; I’m just waiting to see what color my eight-ball is.