"i am SO sayin'... " : a bit of late night philosophy

Back in our college days (which are now further away than I care to admit), my friend Tim would randomly ask people (by way of conversation starter), "What's your philosophy of life?" I have no recollection whatsoever of my answer to that question at the time. His, upon return of the question, was almost inevitably "Run long, [something], and punt..." (note to self: ask him in next email...) And no, I have no idea what he meant by that.

I asked another friend that question once, and his answer was "No regrets." And when I asked him the follow-up question: "what do you want to do when you grow up?", his answer was (years later still) amazing: "I'm already doing it."

That's just cool, and I hope, Dan, that wherever you are, those answers are still true for you. Times have changed, and things did not go quite the way anyone envisioned them - and yet...

It's a philosophy of life worth taking into consideration, isn't it? I want to live with no regrets. I want to be doing now what I want to do someday - or actively working toward it, anyway.

There's a song I've heard quite a bit lately, and it has worked its way into my soul. It's by the wonderfully talented John Mayer, and goes a little something like this:

What would life be like, if we lived it with this sort of philosophy?

John Mayer Lyrics


Erin said...

Man, Hap, am I ever struggling with some regrets right now. Thanks for this. It's the same ol "if I knew then what I know now"...kinda sucks, but is good at least to realize it now.

Tara said...

I gotta rent this movie!! And I love John Mayer! Dave Matthews sings these lyrics in his song Two Step..."Life is short but sweet for certain". I have tried to possess that mindset. Sometimes life seems to run me, rather than me run my life. But ya know? I believe that those words "life is short but sweet for certain" have been my philosophy for quite awhile now. The bumps and bruises are still gonna be there but hey...it's sweet for certain. Even in the 'clay bin'.

Happy said...

yeah, i need to rent this movie too - haven't seen it yet. :)

i know what you mean about life running us sometimes... all the stuff... Rich Mullins says "the stuff of earth competes for the allegiance I owe only to the Giver of all good things..." I so feel that way sometimes... but you're right. Life is sweet.

Especially when the sun is shining and you feel, at least for the moment, like you really have said everything worth saying for the moment, and are completely okay with just being quiet for right now. and maybe taking a nap... :)

bumps and bruises notwithstanding, life is good. "This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it." That's a philosophy of life worth living by.

jON said...

i am trying to get a game of apples to apples going and i would be honored if you would join us, if even for a little while. just a little break from the norm... ;)