Slightly Stranger Than Fiction

October 26th, 2009

Life is Short

2_ST_thumbsI am sitting in my cubicle at work (corner cubicle, might I add!) racking my brain for a topic to write about for this month’s column, when some of the events from today’s news flicked on that little 100-watt light bulb over my head.

 


They say it comes in threes, and in the past two days Ed McMahon, Farah Fawcett and the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, all passed away. At lunch we even talked about which celebrity would be next, this was a few hours before Michael Jackson put the Internet on hold and passed. Of course, all of this reminded me that life is short and that we need to live it to the fullest whatever we do.

This thought echoed a segment on the Jason Ellis radio show that I was listening to while sitting at the Biloxi, Mississippi, airport earlier in the week. In case you haven’t heard his show on SIRIUS, it’s a favorite around the office here and many truck shops around the country. Recently, my friend Sully and I went up to Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles to shoot his custom truck, better known as A6K, which you will be seeing fairly soon in the magazine. The point made was that you should live your life to the fullest. He suggested that you owe it to the dogs, cats and less fortunate people of the world to do so. They cannot live their lives to their fullest potential, so you would be disrespecting them by wasting your life sitting on the couch everyday or in a dead end job. While kicking back and relaxing is needed to keep a sane head, getting out there, having fun and experiencing everything this life has to offer is paramount. I am pretty lucky with the career I have here at the magazine. Sure, the money might not be up to par with the time we put in, but being happy in your life is more important. I get to travel around to parts of this country I’ve never been before, shoot trucks and hang out with my friends and make new ones every day.

You only live this life once (that I know of), so make the best of it, whether that is striving toward your goals, having fun with your friends or experiencing new and exotic activities and locals.

Mulligan:
jmulligan@beckett.com

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