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I turned over the other night and saw my girlfriend sleeping.

When you're sleeping there's no concept of time.

And if you don't have a dream there's no concept of anything.

It made me think of death. Just nothingness, like a dreamless sleep, but forever.

"Memento mori" has become a cliche, but I think a lot of anything good that has come from my life has come from moments like these.

It is easy to take for granted the simple gift of being alive.

I did nothing to deserve being born.
I did nothing to deserve being given the gift of seeing a sunrise.
I did nothing to deserve the thousands of years of innovation and sacrifice of the people that built the civilization I live in.
I did nothing to deserve every single breath in life I've taken.

Every single moment and every single breath I take is something I did absolutely nothing to deserve.

If I have ever been entitled, or ungrateful, it was absolutely a mistake.

I owe 100% of my life to whatever gave me life, whether it was God, chance, etc.

I am not here to "be free".

I am not here to "prove" anything.

I am not here to consume. Seeing a sunrise and taking a breath is enough consumption for me to be thankful.

I am here to give thanks for the wonderful gift of life by using every second I am blessed with to work with the singular purpose of developing into the greatest version of myself and seeking greatness in everything I touch, as a thanks to the work of God and the work and sacrifice of people that have made my life possible, and even comfortable.

When I return my life and my body to what or whoever gave it to me, I want to be proud of what I did with it, and say that I did every possible thing I could do to make it worthwhile.

I won't care how much free time I had, or how comfortable I was. I will only care that I used my time well and that I used my life to do something objectively good. I was given a gift worth infinitely more than anything I could ever give in return.

Above all, I am thankful. And I will remain thankful regardless of my circumstances. I have so much, but I know that if I lost it all, I would still appreciate just waking up in the morning.

I am happy to work. I am happy to "struggle". I am happy to fail and learn all of life's lessons. I am happy for all of it because I know how lucky I am to get a chance to experience any of it at all.

I promise there is not a single thing that can happen to me that will make me ungrateful other than ignorance. I could lose my entire business. I could lose my legs tomorrow. All of those things are just icing on a cake that I didn't pay for. I have already experienced and enjoyed so much more than I have ever earned.
 
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