Life’s A Story

As you might already know, I went to an international high school in Germany designed for missionary and business kids. Every Wednesday, starting at 7:00 PM, we had small groups for two hours with five of my friends and my 11th grade English teacher, Bo. Usually, we would chill, eat, play Halo, and eat some more for the first hour. For the second half of small groups, Bo would usually start talking about a pre-planned or spontaneously picked topic. Sometimes, we would read  a few chapters of a book, for example Blue Like Jazz and discuss what we had just read. Other times, we would talk about the spiritual, philosophical, and nonsensical aspects of life while doing the dishes.

Ok, on that Wednesday, about a year ago, we talked about something that changed the way I viewed my life. Our topic for that Wednesday was “live your life like a story.” Bo’s main point was to live life to the fullest, like the main character in a story, so that when you’re older, you can tell your friends, kids, and grandkids all the crazy things you did. “Life is there to live it, so go out there, and make the most use of the time you have on earth,” he said.

After he finished talking about Carpe Diem and a lifestyle that will inspire others to do crazy things (but not illegal things!), he gave us three little pieces of red paper. On each one of them, we wrote down one crazy thing that we would like to accomplish in the next few months, almost like a short-term bucket list. I wrote down the following:

  1. Skydiving
  2. Cliff Jumping
  3. Do a backflip
I skydived in Switzerland last year, and I did some cliff jumping in the Philippines and Greece a few months ago. I have attempted a backflip, but I can’t get myself to land on my feet yet, so I’m still working on that (You know, I want to get to the point where I can do a backflip wherever I want: walking down the airport in a suit, BACKFLIP, keep walking like nothing happened, and see the expressions on people’s faces). Why not.

Anyway, Bo really inspired me to not live a boring life, think outside of the box, look for new possibilities, and actually make a change, whatever that change looks like. If your life looks dull, and you’re thinking, “there’s nothing I can do to make my life more exciting,” then you should probably sit your lazy butt down right now, and think of the craziest thing you would do, and then get your lazy butt off the couch and GO DO IT! Live life like a story, especially if you want to make an impact on other people’s lives, just like Bo did for me. Who knows, it might start with doing the dishes.