28/ life as a masterpiece
This article was originally published as part of the series “my awakening — bursts of consciousness.” You can read and listen to all articles here. Want to hear the authors voice, listen to a story snipet of this article here.
We have all heard of SaaS — software as a service. This is how most internet-based businesses work these days. They sell you a monthly or yearly subscription to their services. But what about LaaM? While the last decade’s rage in investing was all about SaaS, I believe the time is ripe for LaaM to take front and center stage this decade: Life-as-a-Masterpiece.
What am I really here for? I can, which is what I have been doing most in my life, just go about my ordinary life, get up, do my job, develop my career, my relationships, my romantic life, save some money and have some fun, but this is a very limited life, life can be so much more. And that’s when it came to me: Life-as-a-Masterpiece is what we are here for.
It is so easy for me to get stuck in the mundane, staying in my routine, playing with my phone (see yesterday’s burst 27/) or whatever it is, and live today just like yesterday, and the day before. Yes, one day I meet friends, the other day I go to an event, another day I explore this new restaurant. That’s it? That’s what I am here for to just have one arbitrary experience after another?
That seems too limiting to me. It also sounds kind of boring and repetitive. Why would I get up and kind of, more or less, repeat every day? What’s the point of that? Sounds like Groundhog Day — the movie where Bill Murray keeps living the same day over and over again. There must be more.
But that’s kind of what I feel I have been doing. Yes, there have been many variations, I have been living quite a colourful life, many different countries, many different people and experiences, yet, I still feel I have been playing the same game and routine in the sense that how I feel about my days and how my days play out, the theme is similar.
There have been no life-changing quantum shifts. Or at least none that I would be willing to give that one-of-a-kind qualification. Even going to places like Burning Man, drinking Ayahuasca for the first time or leaving finance, the day after, my life was inspired but continued somehow similar one way or another. I still had not “arrived.”
And finally, I’m realising that’s not what I am here for. Because what’s the point? I can have a nice glass of wine every evening (I no longer drink but just to give an example) and I can truly enjoy that glass of wine every night, but there must be more than keeping doing the same thing over and over again until I die.
And that’s when it popped into my mind: Life-as-a-Masterpiece. How would living my greatest, most extraordinary life look like? Once I know that what’s holding me back from living it? And that’s fear, fear that it’s safest to keep doing what I have always been doing, fear of being delirious, fear of not being able to pull it off, fear of what other people think, fear of it not being able to sustain myself.
As I reflect on all those I realise they are all BS excuses. There is no reason not to live my life as a masterpiece. In fact, living any other life than a LaaM doesn’t make any sense. If I can live a LaaM why would I want to live anything less? Why would I want to live an ordinary, repetitive, everyday dancing with the same struggles life if I can live an exciting, powerful, impactful, alive, you name it life?
Why not giving it my all? Why not going all-in, no back doors? Why not making that big f**ing leap and just do what I am dreaming to do? To stop the whining and I can’t do x or y and just get on with it. To start living an extraordinary life, making the most of every single moment I have and to make my life a living masterpiece. Wow, what a life that would be.
What would your life-as-a-masterpiece look like? It all starts with a single thought.
Enjoy this powerful meditation from Mooji — Before the heavens were made… (14 mins) that connects with today’s reflection: