Today I was cleaning out my front closet, and one of the places needing my attention was the spot where I store all my reusable shopping bags. While going through them, I found one that I got at lululemon about 5 years ago. Originally, this bag had a large sticker over the message that was printed on the bag, but I peeled it off to reveal an interesting message underneath.
Today’s blog post is brought to you by an unknown, thought provoking visionary at lululemon. The message is controversial, thought provoking, inspiring and no doubt, intended to set you a-twitter!! I am duplicating the message exactly as it was printed on the bag.
30, 000 days
You only have 30, 000 days to live. How can you maximize every minute?
To ensure the world continues, nature’s only goals are for humans to reproduce and survive. Nature is not concerned about humans having a fun or great life.
In order to rise above survival and reproduction, humans need to use their imagination to create possibilities. Our greatest creative moments occur when our mind is completely clear of past events and future possibilities.
Some brief or quick-fix instances when our minds are clear to be creative are:
-before the age of 2
-when we are told we are going to die
-when drunk or stoned (uh-oh)
-just after an orgasm
-on a yoga or athlete’s “high” which occurs after 40 minutes of continuous aerobic activity
When we are under two or about to die, we lack the ability to change most of our lives. When we are drunk or stoned, we are massively creative, but we forget what we were creative about. The post orgasm time is not long enough, and childbirth creativity is very center focused. The athlete’s “high” is the most long-lasting as it can last for up to 6 hours. Humans become addicted to creative moments, because when we are creative we feel the most in-control of our lives.
There is little difference between addicts and fanatic athletes. Both are continually searching for a way to remain in a creative state.
Great people are able to leave quick fixes behind and continuously induce creative moments. They are more successful in life because they are more proactive and bring less emotion to their decision making.
Each person has the power to be creative by consciously choosing to live in the moment and eliminate constant brain chatter of what should have happened in the past or what could happen in the future.
Choice is easy once you play with the notion that your brain can only hold one thought at a time.
Choose the moment, be creative and be successful. You only have 30, 000 days to live and then you are dead.
Those of you who know me as a coach or as a human, know clearly what I am endorsing about this message and what I am not. PERIOD. What I love about this message on the side of a shopping bag, is someone, somewhere, dared to express an opinion in a way that was unsettling–with the pure heart intention of getting you moving in a life that is physically active, creative, and beyond surviving and into THRIVING. A kick in the pants to encourage you to find you own enduring window to creativity that is not a quick fix.