From a post by Jon Acuff...
When you’re more awesome, more often, (which is what dream chasing is all about) you get to redesign the entire planet. I didn’t know that in high school, but that’s when I first bumped into this reality.
When I was in the 11th grade, a family in our town started to fall apart. The marriage was crumbling. They hated their jobs. Their house had radon. (That was the mold of my generation. Radon owned the 90s like MC Hammer owned baggy pants.)
One night my mom and I were talking about the spiraling hurt of this family in question. Turns out they were thinking about moving to Hawaii. They thought that maybe escaping Massachusetts would help. They thought that getting out of the bitter Northeast and moving to a tropical paradise would fix their problems.
As we discussed this possibility, and I tried not to think about Tom Selleck’s mustache, my mom said something I’ve never been able to forget. “They might move to Hawaii, but wherever you go, there you are.”
That statement was incredibly depressing to me.
“Wherever you go, there you are.”
It felt like an anchor on me, a prophetic word that guaranteed that I could never escape my problems. And though I didn’t like hearing those words, they are true.
If you have marriage problems in Massachusetts, you are going to have marriage problems in Hawaii. If you’ve got deep wounds in Boston, you will have deep wounds in Honolulu. If you’re running from something on the Atlantic Coast, that something will catch up with you in the Pacific Ocean.
Whaaa – waaaa. (I think that’s how you spell that sad trumpet sound, though there is some debate online.)
How melancholy is that idea? I better make a casually witty off-hand comment about Z-Cavaricci’s to let some of the tension out. So many belt loops! But if you think about “wherever you go, there you are” through the lens of Awesome, it’s actually an incredibly encouraging statement.
Because maybe your dream is to be a musician. You want to sell out Madison Square Garden but first you have to sell out Pineapple, AL. The bar there seats 50 people and 3 show up for your show. That hurts a little. But ultimately, it can still be awesome. How? Because wherever you go, there you are.
The location isn’t your definition of awesome. Playing music is. Geography is just a place. Whether you are in a small bar or a huge arena has little consequence on how awesome you are being. Your awesome is intact regardless of longitude and latitude.
You could go anywhere in the world with your definition of awesome, and wherever you go, there you are.
Awesome in hand.
You want to change the world? Get a buddy pass for awesome on all your trips. Before you even land in your new destination, you’ll know how it’s going to be. Awesome.
That’s not an invitation to be fake or pretend that the sunsets won’t be more amazing in Hawaii than they are in Connecticut. Not at all. I hope you’ll enjoy the uniqueness of everywhere you go. Just don’t ask a spot on the map to determine if you’re awesome. Don’t ask geography to determine whether you get to be awesome on any given day.
End that debate right now without geography’s input. Your mailing address doesn’t deserve a vote in the “Will I be awesome today?” discussion. That debate is over.
Just be more awesome, more often, wherever you are and wherever you go.
www.jonacuff.com, You Don't Need an Atlas, February 25, 2013