- “If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery—isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.” – Charles Bukowski
Recently, life has become hard(er). And that’s the plain ‘ol truth. I can’t describe it any other way. Twists and turns, lies and deception, births and deaths, relocations, hospitalizations, nasty arguments, and then those damn budget cuts in every area of my life. It’s serious.
We’ve moved our family to a new home, we’ve taken our business up a new hill, we’ve expanded and expanded and expanded the size of our family. I’ve dropped and gained and dropped pounds. Sleep comes hard. Days end too quickly. And then, repeat.
But when I say to you how happy I am, that is yet another truth. I believe so hard in the choices I’ve made. My family, my business, my partners – it’s all I need to get buy (Mary J Blige voice). I push it, because I want it, because I need it. No matter the size of the opponent, the obstacle, the fear – I simply don’t know how to stop (for better or for worse). And that’s probably why it all feels so good, even with the twists and turns, the lies and deception. Life has become so crazy that it has become hilarious. And when you laugh, life is beautiful. -Jodie