What Are You Going to Do Otherwise?


A huge passion of mine is ninjutsu, which I do three times a week. On Monday I felt a bit resistant towards going. Throughout the day leading up to the hour-long drive to class, I fought against it – and then the best question ever came into my mind!

“What are you gonna do otherwise?”

My answer was, “Probably play on my computer or something.”

I said back to myself, “Is that going to make you a better ninja?”

I smirked and replied, “No….”

Very effective. Next time you are resistant to something you know you WANT to do (not should do), ask yourself that question.

Don’t wanna go to the gym? What would you be doing instead? Watching TV? Is that going to get you the body you want? Are Ross and Rachel gonna rip your abs and blast your fat? Nuh uh.

Don’t feel like working on your novel? What are you gonna do? Read Cracked and Buzzfeed? Are you insane? Open your flipping MS Word and type, bitch!

Don’t feel like practicing your oboe? Let me guess…you’d rather check out what OTHER people are doing on Facebook.

Sitting around and wishing for stuff is gonna get you nowhere. We have limited time on this plane of existence. You need take whatever steps possible to get you to where you want to be. Enjoy each step. Just because steps are small do not mean you should brush them off and fill up your time with meaningless junk. You can do that if you want, but do the important things FIRST. The more little steps you take, the closer you will be, the better you will be, the more you will be making of your life. Everything large is made of something small.

Tonight I’m going to class again. I usually want to go, but I always go regardless of how I feel, and I am ALWAYS glad I do. You will be glad you take your steps, too. But DO them.

Recommended Reading:

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work
Do the Work

Being ALIVE (and the 80% Rule)

I realized today that if something doesn’t make me feel ALIVE, then I don’t want to do it. I should NOT be doing it.

You know how long I get to be alive in this universe? As ME? I have no idea. It could be 36 years or it could be 106, or anywhere in between.

Why would I do ANYTHING that is boring, or makes me feel shitty? There is not enough time for that. Not as ME. In the grand scheme of things, yes, I will be morphing into something else after I die, whether it be human, tree, or antelope; my energy will become something new. But I will never be Lorra Fae again, and I want to enjoy every second of it.

I have an 80% rule – in every respect. It really should be 90% but I have a little leeway. If I am not happy at least 80% of the time in any situation, I get out, because seriously, I don’t have time to waste. I need time to write, draw, climb trees, make love, hang out with dogs, swim in the ocean, move, bike, run, surf, dance in the rain, read entire libraries, travel, etc. I want to spend my time in life adding to and admiring the BEAUTY of the world, not taking away from it. And how can I do that unless I am fucking stoked to be alive? How can I do that while wasting my precious life on bullshit?

I mean, everyone has to do SOME things that they don’t love, because that is the way of life. You gotta do shit to live. That’s fine. And so is a little silly laziness and pointless stuff. But that is what I mean by the 80% rule. The vast majority of your time should be spent doing things that make you feel alive. Cuz you certainly have enough time to be dead. Do the things that make you feel dead when you’re DEAD, haha! I don’t know. Why feel dead while you’re alive? You got enough time for that. But do you get my point? Get off your butt and go make something, love someone, immerse yourself in the fantastic. ADD BEAUTY AND LOVE to the world, because the opposite? The world has had enough of that noise.

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“You want to cry aloud for your mistakes. But to tell the truth the world doesn’t need any more of that sound.” – Mary Oliver