Most of us don’t believe that title. There are seven billion people on this planet, coming close to eight. We’re a tiny piece to an unfathomable tapestry. What does that one little thing do? What can it in the face of such vastness?
I’m going to flip the coin on this one. There are two ways to look at this point of view. I tend to believe what you do matters. I have my own reasons for stating that, but I’m going to start on the path most believe, which is that they really don’t.
The first time I heard this was back in the seventh grade. My friend at the time told me that nothing mattered and that we were going to die anyway. Kind of a sad way to look at the world. I mean it’s kind of true. One day we’re all going to die. That all said, saying it like that kind of puts a “Why bother trying?” on the whole wheel of life. I rather have a point of view that doesn’t include me asking that question.
But let’s assume the rest of it is true. One day barring an act of God, you will die. I mean, most of us know that this ride in life is short. Here’s the positive spin on nothing mattering. You are free to do anything. Nothing we do has lasting consequences. Humanity’s greatest gift is that we forget. No matter how painful the trauma, we forget it, and let it go bit by bit as time passes by. It’s how we heal.
It gives us the freedom to try and do new things and go forward. Failure doesn’t matter, success doesn’t matter. We are free to do whatever we want. Instead of asking why bother to try, instead you are free to try and be whoever you want to be. That’s a pretty cool way of looking at life. If you do think nothing matters it stands to reason that you are free to do whatever you’d like. And that on some levels, you should. Life is about getting experiences and changing and growing, so you might as well do the things you feel compelled to do, especially if they don’t matter in the long run.
I on the other hand, believe that everything matters. Now this isn’t a perfect philosophy either. The flip side to it is that I really have nothing to support this belief. I don’t understand the universe. I’m a tiny part of it. I really am not sure here. It’s a leap of faith. All I know is that I’m here for a reason, and I’ve never been why to believe in just random chance.
I believe I’m here and that I’m here to do whatever I’m here to do. It matters. It’s part of a bigger picture. Every action I make creates a reaction. Writing words, drawing pictures, doing podcasts. I’m doing everything I can to tell my story and broadcast it for the world to see. I believe that is my purpose. I have things to say and do. They are important, at least to me.
They are things worth doing. Even if I don’t succeed in ways I don’t imagine everything I do will have an impact. Pebbles ripple in the pond, and so do my actions. I remember that when I do things. They matter. I matter. You matter.
Everything matters. Make the world what you will.
You Can Do This
Why try? Why not try? Why speak? Why not speak?
I love Why Not? Most of the time, when I wonder if I do something that is my first question. Why not do it? Usually the only time I don’t do something is because I really don’t want to or feel like in my stomach that it is the right thing.
So why try? Why not try? You might get something out of it. Something precious.
Nothing matters. Everything matters. Whatever you believe, that nothing matters or that everything, you are free to pursue whatever you wish. The world has redundancies. We can mess up to a point and the world will correct us. Sometimes the world does it gently, other times with blunt force trauma, but either way, we end up going where we’re supposed to.
So try. You can do it. It may not matter to the universe. I believe it does, but I could be wrong. That said, you can care. You can try. You can do incredible things. It’s all inside you, waiting to be carved out into the world. If everything matters, than you owe it to yourself to go for it. If nothing matters, you might as well go for it.
Either way, go for it. I’ll see you on the mountaintop.
“I’ve gotta breathe it, I’ve gotta eat it, I’ve gotta sleep it and until you get there you will never be successful in life. But once you get there I guarantee you, the world is yours. So work hard, and you can have whatever it is that you want.” Eric Thomas.