The 3 Most Important Truths in Life
Let’s cut the shit. Life’s short. At my age, I’ve probably only got another 10 World Cups left at most before they scatter my ashes over Niagara Falls.
You may not have much longer. I don’t say this to depress you — I say this to resurrect the most overpraised quote in the history of the English language — Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? — and browbeat it back into the Earth’s mantle where it belongs.
If you’re reading this, congrats! You’re probably doing okay.
Say “thank you” for:
- Indoor plumbing
- 24x7 access to electricity
- A paycheck
- A full stomach
- All your senses and faculties.
Not everyone has all the above. Someday you won’t, either.
Now, it’s time to assess your priorities. What matters? What’s worth worrying about? What’s worth doing? How do we maximize a finite set of time, attention, and energy?
Glad you asked. I don’t claim to have the answer, but I’ve got three answers.
There’s a saying I like to use in my professional life: Your inbox is not your to-do list. I didn’t come up with it; I’m not that fucking clever.
Every day, things will cry out to you: “Fix me.” “I need this.” “I want you to …” lemme stop you right there.
If you spend your entire life trying to:
- level up
- measure up
- get even
You’ll never arrive at your fullest, most — grits teeth — authentic self.
No, you must develop a filter to focus in on what matters and cut out the bullshit.
In my life, I’ve stumbled upon three truths that have helped me.
Three universal, inevitable truths instill a sense of urgency yet allow me to relax and not try to control too much that doesn’t need controlling.
Alright, here we go.