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full and messy life

This morning, I’m thinking about a recent conversation with a friend.

In our current world, where companies and governments alike designate “citizens”  mere “consumers,” meaningfully different only in what and how they consume, people are told they are “brands” and to behave in ways that build their brands.

What kind of life is that?

I don’t want to be perfect. I refuse to limit my life to pursuit of brand-building, instead of being fully immersed in something raw, real, messy, and wonder-full. Life.

Why? The way I see it, trying to live someone else’s (whose?!) idea of a perfect, perfectly branded life is a recipe for late-life sorrow at halfway connections with people, little life-changing learning from important mistakes, countless adventures missed.

While I’d usually rather leave aphorisms than take them, I’d boil this pursuit of a full and messy life down thusly:

If you’re always careful,
you’re barely living.

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  1. October 15, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I have a new event at the Seeker’s Dungeon, Rage Against the Machine month of guest posts all November. If you’re interested, I’d love to have you. You can find the info here: https://theseekersdungeon.com/rage-against-the-machine-month/

  2. October 15, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Absolutely! Te be careful or not. That is the question. My “brand” is not careful. I don’t have masses of followers so what do I have to be careful about? Nada! Let’s live life!

  3. October 15, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I can have a life – or an existence. Life costs more, hurts more and is worth immeasurably more.

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