We’re given roughly 70 years to walk this earth. Some are blessed with more and others are not so lucky. So with this information, I challenge you. I challenge you to live in the sweet spot of life. You may ask, what exactly does this mean? The sweet spot is the place where a combination of factors results in a maximum response for a given amount of effort. In baseball, it results in a pitch sent straight for the outfield fences. In life, it results in a life worth living. So I challenge you. Buy a plane ticket that has a one way stamp. Go out with your friends on a Tuesday and dance the night away even when you have work the next day. Call your parents and tell them how much you love them. Visit other cultures and immerse yourself in their beauty. Ask that person you’ve been crushing on to go on a date. Wake up one morning and drive to the beach on a whim. You have 70 years. But in those years you have the sweet spot of time. It is the time where you are old enough to make your own decisions and be responsible, but you are young enough to hike the mountain and laugh and scream as you stand through the sunroof of your best friends car going down the road. Life is full of beautiful, wonderful, spontaneous moments. Don’t forget to live in those moments. Put down your phone. Focus on the people and places in front of you. Stop worrying about your 9-5. Stop worrying about “meeting the one”. Stop worrying about having your perfect family and white picket fence. And for God’s sake, stop worrying about doing what everyone else thinks you should do. Be politically incorrect, have opinions, travel often, eat well, love yourself, love others, and live your life in the sweet spot.
This photo is curtesy of a beach trip on a whim, staying in a hostel that was also a tree house, waking up and doing yoga with a new British friend I met at the hotel, and almost missing my bus with a new Australian friend because snacks were more important.