Sacrifice and Destiny

Well slump me over and stick a bunch of rum in my bum while feeding me dim sum, I’m ready for the week ahead!

I’ve been saying these ridiculous openings on stage now and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well they work. It’s just another lesson about how important it is to be yourself on stage and do what makes you laugh and is authentic to you. I’m curious how many in a row I could do now and if I’ll be able to make some up off the top of my head while I’m on stage.

So many lessons to learn in this life, I tell ya. Lately I’ve been contemplating sacrifice a lot. Jordan Peterson said that if you really love something then you’ll sacrifice for it, and I find that to be very true. I’ve done a lot of comedy since I’ve moved to Austin, but I still haven’t committed to it at the level that I would like to.

I enjoy a varied life and value doing a lot of different things, so I’ve been wrestling with what I’ll have to sacrifice in order to commit myself more deeply to comedy. It’s very bittersweet; I’m having to let go of some things that I really love, but I’m excited about the journey ahead and my intuition tells me that I’m on the right path.

It’s pretty crazy how things start to go haywire in my life if I’m not heading in the direction of my destiny. It begins to feel like I’m swimming against the current. The waves keep knocking me back, telling me this isn’t my place. I’ll swim against them over and over until a wave so big comes along that I can no longer swim, and I have no choice but to look the other way and begin walking. It’s on this walk where I realize I should have been heading towards the mountains instead of the sea the whole time.

I genuinely believe we all have a unique role on this planet and in this universe. That’s what I mean by “destiny.” The thing you’re designed to do. Some people are destined to be great artists, others great parents, some are destined to be teachers or doctors. I think it’s important to note that we don’t all have to try and be remarkable either. We should just shoot to be the best at what we’re best at. Yeah, society needs people who are remarkable or insanely productive, but it just as badly needs people who are stable, people who are caring, and people who find meaning in doing the things most people would rather not.

Everyone has their role. Finding it can be a challenge, but I think if we pay attention we can all find our groove. I think a lot of people are afraid to start over, which is understandable. Imagine if you live your life a certain way for 30 years only to realize maybe you were on the wrong path this whole time. It’s the old sunk cost fallacy. “I’ve come this far, I might as well finish this out.”

But you don’t have to. No matter how old you are, you can start something new. Yeah, you’ve worked your ass off for ten years stepping up on the corporate ladder, but if it makes you feel empty inside then no amount of money will ever fill the hole in your soul. It may feel like you’ve wasted ten years, but there’s always lessons to be taken away from our journeys. There’s no such thing as a waste of time, only a lesson learned.

Jason Brendel
Jason Brendel

Jason Brendel is an author, poet, and comedian from Northern California. Navigate the buttons below to follow him on social media, make a donation, or purchase his collection of laugh-out-loud poetry on Amazon.

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