I’ve been thinking a lot lately about contribution. What do I do to give back? How I can add more to this planet then I take away?
In the political bizarre-0 world we’ve all found ourselves inescapably (not to mention inexplicably) entangled in, it’s more important than ever to think about what we can do for each other – if for nothing else than to wash the shit taste of Donald J Trump out of our mouths. Hint: you might want to pick up the super-sized bucket of Drain-o.
After a few weeks of searching for what’s left of my battered soul, I’ve found I haven’t been contributing enough to the general state of the world. Of course, contribution comes in many forms, and for most it can be difficult to circle around exactly the best way to give back. For me, the most valuable resource anyone can give away is the most precious and limited resource of all.
You can always make more money or buy more food, but one thing you’ll never get back are the ticks of the clock and flips of the calendar that are constantly counting down to your final moment in this existence. It’s a morbid, but imperative way to think about how you spend each day. Squaring away a few moments out of your week to give to someone else, or some cause, or something bigger and outside of yourself is the best gift you can give the world.
I write a lot. Every day. But rarely do I share what I write with anyone but myself. I’ve done a lot of work in the past two years on what it means to live a meaningful, purposeful life, and I’ve kept most of those thoughts to myself. I’m just narcissistic enough to think I can help people be better versions of themselves, but not narcissistic enough to stand on a rooftop shouting at passersby to follow me to freedom. It’s a fucked up kind of mental purgatory I’m not really interested in wallowing in anymore.
So this is my contribution. This tucked away forum in the far reaches of cyberspace – where most conversations are had with myself with the hope that someday they might bleed over into other people’s lives and take on a form all their own. It’s the reason I started The Self-Aware Man in the first place, and has recently become clear again how important it is for me. I’m ready to dive face-first into issues and topics I think are important for all of us to move into this strange new world with our heads up and our hearts out.
Whose coming with me?