Vincent Liberto is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) and co-founder of The JMAK. Vinny specializes in computer science but also discusses faith and productivity with a focus on introspection and self-growth. He is a sophomore at Roberts Wesleyan College.
“I ask everyone to make one incredible memory for themself and/or somebody else.”Dave Chappelle
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? For most of us, we check our phones to see what notifications have been collecting over the last few hours of sleep. We then get ready to head off to work/class and go on with our days. After work we head home, do whatever needs to get done or relax, then head back to bed to restart that cycle again. This is our routine and we love the comfort that our routine brings us. One aspect of everyone’s day that gets thrown in the background like white noise is life itself. Believe it or not, we take this life we’ve been blessed with for granted. For most of us, unless some traumatic experience happens we rarely take a step back to thank God for blessing us with the life we’ve been given.
Now, I haven’t written this to make you feel bad. But, to give you an insight into the great gift we’ve all been given. I do not subscribe to the thought of living every day as if it’s your last. This can cause many unwise decisions. I live by a thought I think you should all challenge yourselves to live by. A few years ago I was watching a Dave Chappelle comedy special, though Chappelle is one of the funniest people in the world, he said a phrase in this special that changed the way I wanted to live life.
Chappelle said, “I ask everyone to make one incredible memory for themself and/or somebody else.” Fulfill your days with memories you will never forget. It could be something as simple as taking your s/o out for ice cream or having a movie night with your friends. Make an impact on others and be proud of the person you’re becoming. Do so, through God’s grace. Love like Jesus loved, this will rub off on others and positivity will flourish. Trust me, there will be down days. Remember those days and build off them to achieve the happiness and fulfillment that you deserve. Go out and participate in charitable acts, be proud of yourself for helping others. The great part about every day is that you decide to put in that extra effort to make someone’s day. Have a self-care day when you’re tired. Stop pushing off that adventure you want to take with your friends, go out and do it!
Make God a priority in your life. I know the last year was rough to go through. Looking back on it, yes there were a lot of negative things that took place. But, looking at the past and feeling down for what could’ve been, gets you nowhere. Look at the positive results of the last year. Many found out how to teach themselves and learn in ways they would’ve never thought would be achievable. Many other opportunities resulted in missed opportunities. We all think we have this set in stone plan in life. We’ve done everything in our power to make this plan doable, but I’m sorry to inform you, it’s unlikely your plan is going to go the way you think it will. Life would be boring if it did. God has a plan and you can try to go against it all you want but you’ll fail every time. The quote goes, “Let go, and let God.” He knows what’s best much better than you do.
“Make an impact on others and be proud of the person you’re becoming.”
When I was younger, every day before my dad would leave to go teach he would yell to us kids, “This is going to be the best day of your lives!” It’s up to you if you want to make that memory, do that act of kindness, or make the most out of whatever comes your way. Live life with a happy outlook, and don’t let the negative push you off your path to success. God will guide you, all you need to do is hold on.