When I Die…

Sunset over St. Peters Bay

Sunset over St. Peters Bay (Photo credit: rhyndman)

When I die I want people to say that I made a difference.

I want them to say that though I may not have always been the best, I showed up and I competed. I want my competitors to say I made them crazy because I never quit.

But more importantly this is what I want to hear while I live. I want it to be clear that I never go quietly into the night and that my silence doesn’t mean acquiescence.

It just means that I am taking a moment to catch my breath so that I can attack another day again and again and again.

That list some of you read isn’t just something I did to fill space

The Best Is Yet To Come

Those aren’t just words or an empty slogan I am sharing to try and convince you this is what I believe. Nah, this post is really for me and not for you. Just a quick reminder to focus on getting what I need and to not ignore what I want.

You are welcome to join the adventure or to stand on the sidelines and watch. Just don’t get in the way because you will get run over or dragged along. I wasn’t built for grace but demolition is a different story.  😉

What about you? Are you dreaming about life or trying to live your dreams?

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  1. Adrienne August 28, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Today is the only day we have Josh so make it the best ever. Live life to the fullest and enjoy those moments with your friends and family. Let’s not forget about making your competitors crazy too. 😉

    Dream big and go after it because that’s all we have right this very moment.

    • Josh August 29, 2012 at 12:51 am

      @d1f6f72fd673fa202677b90f0774c7af:disqus We are on the same page here. I am doing my best to live the sort of life that makes me feel happy and fulfilled. And as a collector of moments in time I am a big fan of doing whatever I can to secure as many of those as I can.

      From where I stand it looks like you are doing a very fine joy of that too.

  2. Judy Dunn August 28, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I like it when it ceases to be a dream anymore. To me, dreams have always been nebulous: “Someday I want to…” But it’s magic when you sit down every day to “work on it.” It gives it a face and makes it tangible. I sense that you are doing this, too, Josh. I am trying to blog my journey and will be awaiting your updates, too.

    • Josh August 29, 2012 at 12:52 am

      @facebook-1153025510:disqus I hate someday because that might as well be no day. I am not making as much progress as I would like, but I am doing my best to make someday today.

  3. Jens P. Berget August 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I have big plans too. I sometimes dream about life, but mostly I try to live my dreams and do exactly what brings a smile to my face (and my family).

    • Josh August 28, 2012 at 12:05 am

      @berget:disqus I have no doubt that you are going to figure out the formula for your own success and happiness, even if it means living in a tent. 😉

  4. Ralph Dopping August 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Josh, man, my head. I can’t remember if I have been here before but there’s lots of people who I know that are here so I assume I was. Nice to meetchoo.

    Trying to live the dream over here too. Some days it seems closer, some not. Does that count? I hope it does because that’s the way i am going. Thanks for asking!

    • Josh August 28, 2012 at 12:04 am

      @twitter-229922134:disqus Yeah, I am pretty sure you made it here before. I am glad you came back.
      If you feel like you are on the right path and are happy than you are doing the right thing, or so I measure it.

  5. Vidya Sury August 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Yes, Josh, I have big, big dreams of transforming lives and I am living the dream. It is why I work hard 🙂 And that’s why my tagline is “Happiness is a DIY project” 😀

    • Josh August 28, 2012 at 12:03 am

      @vidyasury:disqus Your tagline is outstanding and of paramount importance. We have to be our own advocates. If we aren’t happy it is up to us to take steps to make changes in our lives.

  6. Kaarina Dillabough August 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I’m livin’ the dream, every day…even on the tough days. Cheers! Kaarina

  7. Jeri Darr August 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I’m not sure if I have dreams. I don’t know if I ever have had them. Goals, to be sure. Wants, certainly. I am uncertain if this makes me sad, which I find worrisome.

    • Josh August 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm


      I don’t know that having or not having them is necessarily a problem. The question is whether it truly bothers you or not. Some of these things are about as personal as they get which means it is different for everyone.

  8. Hajra August 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I have already spent too much time on thinking how I want to lead my life… I am working on making it like I would like to see it. Like in my list, I mention how I want to study more and yes, next month I start my Masters!

    • Josh August 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      @hajrak:disqus That is awesome. I think it is great you are doing more than just thinking about it. Life is much more interesting when we are active participants in it.

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