Experience is Everything… -10 Stacks To Success-

 “Gosh I wish I had time to do that.”, “ Oh man I’m so upset I missed that.” , “ Oh wow you’re lucky to be able to do that”, “I don’t think it’s for me”. How many of us have said these phrases? How many missed birthdays, celebrations, events, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, or missed opportunities have you encountered that you regret? Well, who said you had to miss those experiences? You see, life is all about experiencing life. Yes, you may have heard this before, but were you really listening?



 Death is inevitable, and when we die, what will we have to show to define our life? Will our loved ones and friends be able to say “He/She lived life to the fullest” or will we have an empty “photo album”. Yes, life is not all rainbows and butterflies because it has its up’s and down’s, but why should that stop us from wanting to experience all that life has to offer? We must understand and realize that we are a human being and not a human doing. Everyday cannot be the same planned, organized, or “same shit, different day” because that just means we are not experiencing life. Make time and experience that special birthday event you wish to attend. Make time and experience that vacation you’ve had your eye on. Make time and experience that weekend dinner with friends and family. Make time and experience that weekend getaway with your family and/or loved one. Make time and experience that cooking class you’ve always wanted to try. Make time and experience that book you’ve been wanting to read. Just make time to experience whatever it is that is going to put that smile on your face! In the end, what will you have to show for it? A smile from ear to ear, a warm-fuzzy feeling in your heart or maybe a picture for the books…is there a price on that? Who cares if you had to take a day off work, leave early, skip one event to attend another. You have to do what is going to make you happy because you have to experience the experiences you want to have in life. The “Oh I don’t think I can take off work” and “Maybe if I have time” are just excuses because you can manipulate your time to do anything. At the end of the day, you always have a choice. Whether you choose to or choose not to – either way you get to choose your experience.

Now, while we wish our all of our experiences were good, we must also experience the bad. If we didn’t experience the bad, how else would we know not to stick a knife in the electric socket, how to look both ways before crossing the street, or not to touch the radiator when it’s hot. How else would we learn anything? Bad experiences are all part of life as well. It is those experiences that teach us a lesson and open our eyes to something new and different that we must also look forward too. Many of us say,”Yeah I know” but that is not truly knowing. The true knowing comes from the experience. The experience we have went through, how we look at the situation after the experience, and what we come back with from this experience. By experiencing we develop a new perspective on how to approach it for the next time, if at all. Yes, I’m sure we “know” many things, but without taking action, we never actually know. Experience is the true knowing.

So the next time you hear a story about a friend that did something that you wish you could do, feel like traveling just because, going on a weekend getaway even if it’s by yourself, invited to a get-together, see a handsome guy (me) or pretty girl you would like to go out on a date with, play a sport you love – jump at the experience!

Everywhere we look, there is an experience waiting to happen, both good and bad and small or big – we just have to be open to it and ready to face it, take action, and live the experience. Like Ferris Bueller said,” Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Jerome “Jay” Isip http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OX9V6BG



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