Many instances in the last few months, I’ve found myself repeating something very close to my heart. Conversation happens around the idea of growing older where sometimes all kinds of perspectives are laid out on the table like a deck of cards. I’ve been listening to many and I hear a lot of the same thing. It’s scary, it’s full of pain and regret, or worse; growing older is something some people just downright don’t want at all.
The idea behind “Everything With A Purpose” is building a lifestyle that is sincere, creative, witty, loyal, clever, flexible, bold, friendly, spontaneous and genuine. If we keep these things in mind, rather than feel as though the grey hairs on our heads or the wrinkles on our faces are signs of a forgotten youth, they’ll become welcome reminders of privilege.
We are lucky to have lived sad moments. If we avoid sadness, we subsequently avoid raw emotions and an opportunity to grow as they help to shape and mold us into an improved version. It’s a chance to become. There are sad moments or difficult moments that we all endure that can be so heart shattering we can’t imagine how we’re ever going to survive and then something miraculous happens. We do.
The grey hairs and wrinkles are not what defines us but shares a story of time already spent and still to come. I intentionally keep my hair cut short, not only because I like it much better but also because it forces me to actually DO my hair. I’m lazy by nature when it comes to my appearance so if my hair is long enough to throw up in what Colin affectionately calls my ‘pineapple’, that’s my look until the next time I get around to having my hair styled again. I spend a good half an hour curling my short locks and notice new and plentiful greys every day, which always make me smile. I am privileged to be here with my grey hairs and I love them.
It is a privilege to grow old that not everyone is afforded. It is with this lesson that our lifestyle and our business revolves around. Our dreams are huge. They’re daring. We want to build an amazing business with the purpose of inspiring others to be able to do the same. We want to spend the rest of our time saying yes more than we have to say no. Everything With A Purpose means we set goals and intentions with plans of execution that we continuously say YES to every single day. It means we don’t say no to ourselves when we feel scared. It means we don’t give up when the going gets tough. It means we say yes.