Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Left Field Post About Life

"Let me start by saying I have a good job, great family, and good health. But I don't like my job, hate my location, hate my housing, hate my finances, hate ... Pretty much everything. Has anyone had a successful life-reboot?" I came across this message on of the forums I frequent. I try and be careful about giving unsolicited advice but since I had just read an enlightening book on the subject matter, I decided to give it a go. Here was my response."I hear ya. If you don't want to make any drastic changes in your life, then go and find a purpose. It will make the suffering worth it. A purpose could be anything from giving a late 60's Charger a new life, finishing a novel, providing for your wife and children, proving some people wrong, a religious devotion... Whatever. If you can find a "why" you can endure almost any "how." Borrowed that last bit from "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor E. Frankl. Check the link. Amazing read." - Me

You can find the book for sale on Amazon. It's done well for itself - most likely a result of its unique take on the mental strain the concentration camps put on prisoners in the second World War, narrated through the pen of a concentration camp inmate, a trained philosopher named Viktor Frankl. Since its inception in 1946 it has sold 10 million copies and has been translated in 24 languages. It's a short read, but for what it's worth, I like to believe it has made an impact in my life. Given that it's Christmas eve, I figured the left field post was somewhat justified. For what it's worth, here's a bit of suitable-to-the-blog inspiration; albeit not entirely mine.

The British manor with vintage fuel powered goodness sprinkled throughout. 
The British manor contents. Priceless objects crammed into small spaces. 
The storage facility down the road. More priceless objects adjoined by a state of art shop and man cave.
Joining road rallies left right and centre. This one in Marrakesh, Morocco, Gumboil 3000 2004 with Lonman's GT2 in view.