My name is Aaron, proud author of the e-book series Student Paramedic Adventures, and Blogger over at www.racingareaper.com.
It has to be said that lifestyle posts aren't my usual thing, so bear with me here, but having been asked to do a guest post, I figured I'd give it my best shot at using some of my experiences to give you guys something positive and thought inspiring to consider.
It's a question I get asked a lot, I'd say by at least one out of every two people I meet. "Do you enjoy your job?" I often reply, yes, it's incredible. Because it genuinely is, if it weren't for the horrendous shift patterns and demoralising politics then I'd be the most content 23 year old around. That being said, I often ask myself a question that goes a little something like this;
"If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I'm about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been 'no' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. - Steve Jobs.
Which brings me onto what I really want to talk about in today's post, the ability, aspiration and motivation to follow dreams. I know the exact moment I knew that a paramedic was what I wanted to be. Scratch that, I didn't just want to be a paramedic, I want to the best paramedic that I can possibly be. Travel the world and aid hundreds of people in one way or another.
During my endeavours, I've met many people along the way. Some old, some young, and some with not long left, but there's something that they all have in common... experiences.
Being able to interact on such a personal level with patients is something of a great privilege. I find that with being young and fresh-faced, there's always someone more experienced at this whole living life thing than I am, which I love...
I was transporting a terminally ill cancer patient who began to ask more about me, what I wanted, what my dreams were and where I saw myself in 10 years time. Some of the questions I really couldn't answer, because I hadn't thought about it. With an expressionless face, he turned to me and said the following;
"How old are you son?", "23." I replied. "If there's any advice I can give you, it's to do it while you can. Less than 10 years ago, around your age, I wanted to travel the world. I never did it because I'd always find an excuse. My mate's weren't doing the same, it wasn't the done thing, you know? You may not even know about it when it's too late."
Now staring at me, ensuring I'd understood. He then looked down at his hands. "You see these?" "Yes" I said, now really confused as to where he was going. "They had the world in them at one point, now all they have is a clock." This took me by surprise, and I really couldn't think of anything worthy to reply to such a statement.
On the other hand, there's the rare occasion you meet an elderly person who is 100% happy with everything they've done in life and how it all turned out. Not how they planned, they say, but they couldn't ask for anything more.
The moral behind this, I guess, is for you to ask yourself; What is your dream? Are you living a lifestyle you enjoy? Or are you doing what makes other people happy, being a certain way through pure fear that it's just the more acceptable thing to do?
Should today be your last day, are you happy?
My dreams no longer consist of cars, money, houses, objects or clothes. We all want to one day be that second person, with happy memories and little regrets worth pondering over, right?
Your lifestyle is what you make it, and thinking logically, why would you want it anything else but happy? Because it's just about thousands of choices. The choices you make each day define your lifestyle.
Remember that happiness isn't really a place, but a mindset...
Simple things once you learn a little about yourself, and taking note of what makes you smile. Like waking up to music in the morning, waking early and leaving the window slightly ajar to hear the birds outside, having melon for breakfast, doing a good deed, seeing a certain someone or that feeling after a good workout.
We all have our mini feel-good moments, that now I'd feel lost without. Please, for your own sake... fill your day with yours. I'm not sure about you, but I'm going to continue small changes, and never look back.
'Til next time,
- Little Boy Wonder.
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