A few months back I had the grand opportunity to meet a pretty awesome guy. He had asked me if I could put together a new logo for his new coffee business start up. Being like a mad man on a crazed graphic development binge I was more than happy to take on such a project. We were both very pleased with the end result and through our creative experience I found an awesome new personality to bounce creative ideas off of, and another "cool dude" to watch as his business beings to grow. I would like to proudly introduce you to Daniel Colliver, cool dude, coffe connoisseur, and entrepreneur.
Two days ago as I was browsing the always pitifully, mind numbly, self absorbed social network none of us can seem to get away from, when I happened to see I was tagged in a post. WHAT?! So, me being my investigative self, and jumping with inner joy and eager to see who would actually think of me online, I found this incredibly inspiring post from the one and only Daniel Colliver. I enjoyed the read so much that I asked him if I could post said post as a post on my posted blog for everyone to see as a new post on this posting day. Whew...
If you are feeling down today or are looking for a pick me up, this post is for you. Also, you need to check this guy out! Take a second to head over to his facebook page and say hello. Also, head over and give his coffee business, Colliver's Coffee a "like". Show some support and love to a kid who has his act together, and by what I have seen, has quite a promising future in supplying the world with that always sought after caffeinated nectar.
Every Day is just a New Golden Sunrise
We all live in this constant state of comfort that we create from the things that surround us. Whether it is good or bad, we always seem to stick around in it. Like a stick in the mud, it takes an outside force to pull us out and throw us into a different series of events. Very rarely do sticks get out of the mud themselves, whens the last time you saw one do it?
I think we’ve all been there where we get in this dreadful routine that we just let get under our skins. We wake up. We go to work. We come home. Complain about our day. Then go to bed and do the exact thing over 5 out of the 7 days of the week. Then by the time we get a day off, we’re already so twisted and uptight from our work we forget to watch the trees blow in the breeze. Or forget to be silly and play with our dog. We focus so much energy and time on the things that do not give us even an inkling of pleasure or joy. Life is chock full of those moments and I have this terrible feeling that a lot of us (myself included) are missing them. Even if in the grander scale of things we are moving up in our career or finally opening up our dream business. Your business or job is not going to be beside you the day of your funeral. As much as I love coffee it can’t have a conversation with me until 5’o clock in the morning like some of my closest friends. And yes, coffee will be at my funeral but it’s not going to shed tears or reminisce on all the best moments of my life.
We all have so much to give to one another but we just waste it on things that should be invested into other human beings. My coffee is not going to give me a hug if I’m feeling down. Sure it may comfort me in the mornings or take my mind to an elegant place that spawns these words. But I’d much rather speak these things into other eardrums and lose track of time than have my eyes grow tired at an illuminated computer screen. Life should be full of those moments that you always bring up in a conversation when you are thinking of moons long past and planning for future ones on the horizon of a rising sun. Friendships shouldn’t be only for when it is convenient, but more of a nuisance to the regular flow of things we put ourselves through. Don’t turn down a phone call when you’re watching a movie, accept it and see what possibilities are being created. I strongly believe when we let go of some of the barriers that contain our safe and hermit like life, our days turn into some of the best that we can and will ever remember. No matter how big or small they may be they are going to be monumental when you lay awake at night with a smile on your face.
Turn on that one song that makes you dance around the room like an idiot. Take a random walk and discover a spot that only you will respect and then show it to someone you care about. Take a drive and get lost. Stop thinking you shouldn’t or can’t do something because in all reality, you are a human being and the only limit you have on this earth is gravity, and we’ve already conquered that one. Inspiration is the greatest motivator on this planet, and I see so many people without it or who grasp it just for a second and have turned off the lights to the part of their brain that is exploring life.
It’s not going to be easy. Anything you are striving for in life that is going to be life changing or an accomplishment is not going to be handed to you. And it is a great thing when we can wipe the sweat from our brow stand back and relish in the achievement. We learn more throughout any story about ourselves than the plot of said story. We put ourselves in the roles of those being shown. Whether it is in a film or a story from the lips of a dear friend, we can’t help relating or asking ourselves “what would I do?” That’s the joy of a story, we are engaged. We are not stuck in a mindless routine. We are constantly changing our borders and reshaping our paths throughout the day. Try going an entire week with a different series of events every single day. It could be something as miniscule as switching up breakfast each day. Or something as drastic as going out of your way to do something that isn’t easy or beneficial to you. You’ll feel weird. And you’ll ask yourself why you are doing this. But I guarantee you are going to enjoy your week infinite times more. Instead of asking where the month went, you’ll be longing for a series of events only just a week or day ago. You’ll feel alive again. You’ll be excited for tomorrow instead of dreading that 9-5 shift. And you’ll more than likely stumble along the way. But the last thing you need to do is fret about it. You are only human, remember that. Remember that on the best and worst of days. It’s something that makes us beautiful in our own personal ways.
So stumble onto something you love. The worse that can happen is you learn from a mistake or find a role model to better yourself by. Listen to a beautiful song and let it wash over you. Your life is something meant to be lived by and if you’re lucky enough, others will remember it and be part of the ever changing ensemble of characters you add to it.
With cold coffee,
A renewed faith,
And weightless shoulders,