I love this meme with Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Chuck is just being real, laying it all out there and sharing with his best friend that he understands his reality. He’s having that existential moment and struggle with his mortality, like we all face at times. We are all going to die. Oh man, that is so simple, yet so profound, and really sucks! Though I’ve technically died twice, there is a final death waiting for us all. We only get (1) one life. ONE. That’s it! Sure, there are faiths, beliefs, and theories that profess we come back again and again – but right now, as me (Tonya), that stubborn-ass girl born on a hot July back in the early 70’s – I get ONE trip on this big blue ball as the flesh and blood woman sitting here this morning typing this blog post. But how long do I have? Who knows? It could be another half century, or just a few more minutes. We have no control over that. When our time comes – Death will come and claim his soul. But what kind of soul will that be?
For a Beagle, Snoopy is one profound puppy. He has this silent strength about him. If you notice, Snoopy doesn’t respond with his emotions, but with controlled wisdom. He is often silent, yet profound. I’m the opposite. I’m very vocal, passionate, and extremely expressive on both sides of the optimist and pessimist coin. I’m like Chuck, always questioning the universe. Always pondering the mysteries of life. Always seeking the answers to my issues, but there’s not always a Lucy with her $.05 stand to answer my questions. I believe a Snoopy has recently come into my life that doesn’t speak much, but when he does – he speaks with a profound truth – a controlled truth, a truth often void of emotional strings. It’s refreshing, and helps tether my emotional balloons. I really hope he knows how much I appreciate him.
Snoopy’s wisdom reminds me to look at what’s important in life. It really hit home with me this morning. Truth – is so profound in and of itself. Snoops doesn’t deny the truth in Chuck’s proclamation, but affirms it. TRUE – we will all die someday, BUT … man, wow …but on ALL the OTHER DAYS we will NOT. Boom! That’s it folks. THAT is the fucking key to life. We have to live – really fucking live on all those other days. We have to choose to live. We have to choose to look at the bright side – the optimistic side. Don’t worry about that ONE day, be in the moment of all the other days. Take the leap. Eat the cake. Kiss the girl. Be grateful and thankful and appreciate the world around you and the people that make those days good and bearable. Love each other. Love yourself. Stop hiding behind fear and stress and anxiety and pessimistic outlooks. Cut the bullshit out of your life. Stop clinging to the excuses. So what if you fuck up and make a mistake? So what if you get hurt? So what if you fail? Failure is just an opportunity to try again or try something else. Jump!
My friend wrote something the other day about all the pessimistic fears, lies, and worries the mind, the body, and the ego says to us on a constant basis– but the heart had the key – the heart had the single optimistic profound message that outweighed the mind, body and ego all together. “Hooyah” says the heart. Hooyah, indeed. Maybe my friend will send me his quote and I can share it with the world. It’ll hit the center of your soul with its profound message.
There’s a world out there – and we all have a life to live. Live it. Chase those dreams. Time is limited, so live life now. James and I made so many dreams together, but his day came swiftly. Since then, I’ve been doing the best I can to live the best life I can to fulfill those dreams we made knowing there’s no promise for tomorrow. I won’t wait for tomorrow, because I know the truth – sometimes my tomorrow, my day, will come. But on all the other days – it will not and so today I say, “Hooyah!”
Till next time,