Fast lane

Living life in the fast lane we don’t need any spurs.

Life passes us, seeing so much in so little time.

There is no room for taking breaks and breaths.

Rushing from adventure to adventure without any hope of enlightment.

We’re all after the same thing instead of pausing for a moment and taking a look around.

Like high we hover over anything with no end in sight.

Sliding from exhaustion into depression. Racing with full speed into burnout.

We aren’t living the dream just a nightmare.

I’m wondering where this will end but it won’t ever stop.

Seeking paradise in after-life while creating hell on earth.

We just want to collect as much as we can but forget that we can’t keep any of it.

We are losing ourselves.

We don’t know ourselves but that doesn’t matter as long as the numbers are right.

We are squeezing us into tailor-made suits and buy luxury cars to impress people          we don’t even care about.

Just want to join the exclusive club that merely exists in our heads.

Every morning we hang up our soul, throw away love and humanity, leave our mind on the kitchen counter and trade it all in for some designer clothes and a Mercedes key.

Wanted a life full of health, happiness, experiences, and wisdom. Instead we get lonely hotel rooms, short nights, Yeezys, and restraints.

It just keeps getting stranger.

Keep having permanent stress.

We don’t even look out the window anymore.

No sweet dreams, ’cause the stuff of what dreams are made of is sold out.

We are caught in this hamster wheel.

Aren’t allowed to leave the cage, curfew was put on us but the door to a better life is within one’s reach.

Just like Inception I would rather be trapped in my dreams but life ain’t a blockbuster.

Have to go back in time and bring the world to a stop.

Need to wake ourselves up and free us.

We could reach for the stars but reather handover the star to the concierge.

No satisfaction, love, and hope but beamer, Benz, and Bentley.

No children or marital bliss but one night stands and empty beds.

I’m wondering where this will end but it won’t ever stop.

Feeling like we have lived a thousand lives and nethertheless experienced nothing.

Speeding on the fast lane towards burnout but the last time we have looked around we were merely children.

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Midsummer Book Recommendations

Since we are currently in the middle of summer and I’ve done a lot of reading since my last book recommendation round I thought it would be time to share with you some of the books that left a mark on me since.

1. Tools of Titans – Tim Ferriss

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Tim really delivers an allrounder with this one. No matter whether health, wealth or wisdom Tim has got you covered with all of these topics in this brilliant book thanks to the guests, ranging from our beloved Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger to my favorite Author Paulo Coelho, that have appeared on his Podcast. You are looking for advice? I am sure Tim has got you covered with this masterpiece. If you can’t get enough of Tim’s writing, his books “The 4-Hour Workweek” and “The 4-Hour Body” are worth a read too.

2. Unshakable – Tony Robbins

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with Tony immediately check out his documentary “I Am Not Your Guru” on Netflix or look him up on YouTube. He really is an energised, happy, passionate, and wise animal. With “Unshakable” Tony Robbins delivers the perfect guide to financial freedom for the average person. It’s an easy, detailed, and well written step-by-step guide to money mastery. So for all of you who are struggling with money or want to have money way beyond retirement this book is for you. And if you want to get an even deeper look into this topic, make sure to check out his book “Money”.

3. Elon Musk – Ashlee Vance

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This book does three things to you. First of all it shows you what an insane, and persistent workaholic Elon Musk is. Second it let’s all your problems and probably your entire existence seem useless because who needs us when there is Elon Musk. Third it motivates and inspires you. It was three in the morning when I finished this hell of a book and I will tell you I was never in my life more motivated to save mankind while building rockets and driving around in my (imaginary) fancy Tesla while feeling like Iron Man. Because honestly Elon Musk is just the real world’s Tony Stark. Give this book a try you will either never do anything in your life anymore or you will want to change the world and try all the things at once. There is no in between.

4. Der Club der Traumtänzer – Andreas Izquierdo

This book is for all my german readers and those capable of the German language. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find an English copy so it seems like this book is only available in German right now. Nethertheless I still wanted to share it with you. This book was gifted to me so naturally I hesitated to read it because the story seemed to be very predictable.I rather finished four books until I finally read it. I never regretted it more in my life to have waited to read a book. I finished it in one sitting because the story was just so well written and the book was an easy read too. So if you are looking for an entertaining and easy to read book while relaxing and tanning, this is my recommendation for you.

Living In The Moment

We are carrying the burden of self-consciousness with us wherever we go. But what exactly is this burden I am talking about? It’s the burden of being able to imagine the future. We are able to conceptualise a future with our eyes closed. First of that this is even possible is amazing. I mean do you realize what that actually means? While you are physically sitting somewhere right now in the present moment your mind is able to imagine your possible future. Your mind is not only able to imagine your life for the next few days but it is able to imagine it for the next weeks, months, and years leading up to your death. I found it to be really mind blowing once I really gave a thought to it.

However, the downside is that because you are able to do such a thing you now begin to worry. You can see the future coming and you think “Uh oh! The future is coming better start getting shit done.” It is not just the present anymore that you have to worry about. You don’t just have to worry about whether you are hungry right now. You are going to have to worry about whether you will be hungry tomorrow, next week, next month or next year. But this doesn’t only affect your worry about your hunger. It spreads out to all areas of your life. Are my bills paid? Will I be able to continue working to earn money? Do I have to worry about getting fired? What if I get sick? Will I be able to provide not only for myself but for my wife/husband and child?

So what do we naturally do? We begin to work. What does that mean? We sacrifice the present for the future. But the price we pay for that is tremendous. We don’t get the present. And that’s a big price to pay right? What we are doing is that we put all the potential suffering of the future and put it into the present. All the time. Maybe we are able to live longer and healthier but we lose one essential part of living. That part is happiness.

You won’t be happy until you can stop worrying about the future and just focus on the present. Who really is unhappy when they are really living in the present? It most certainly won’t be you. Don’t believe me? Try it out. Just stop all your thinking for a moment and start to look around. Look around your room. Look outside the window and notice what is going on. Start to get a feel of your body. Notice your breath. Notice how your lungs fill with oxygen while breathing in and how they start to relax once you breath out. Begin to smile. You don’t have to laugh just a quick smile and you will feel better. Notice how all your worries came to a pause for moment? That is what living in the present actually is.

We won’t find true happiness and we won’t stop worrying  until we learn how to live in the present and enjoy the moment. It isn’t just something that happens overnight. It is a skill that needs to be carefully practiced every single day. If that is to much for you, start with 3 times a week. But in all honesty if you aren’t able to pull this off daily you are in need for a 6 month long vacation. At least twice this year. This little practice won’t consume much more than a minute of your daily live but it will sure change the rest of it. Soon you will be able to enjoy more and more the present moment and start worrying less and less about your future. And all of a sudden without you even noticing it you are living in the future.

We Should All Take A Time Off Sometimes

Nowadays we can’t move fast enough. We multi-task everything we do in the hope of not missing out on life and the many opportunities it offers us. We believe that time is running against us. That time is our enemy. We believe that if we can’t do and get the things we want right now, we will never get to enjoy them. But boy (or girl) are we wrong about that. Just stop for a moment, take a deep breath, and realize that time is NOT your enemy. From now on time is your new best friend for life. You don’t lack time. You lack patience.

As a matter of fact we all do. But believe me when I say that we have more than enough time in our lives because life is the longest thing we will EVER experience. I know. I know. Mind blowing. For those that aren’t convinced don’t come at me with the “But life is too short” stuff. Because, no, life is not too short to experience the beauty of it. If you believe that life is too short, then you just haven’t yet learned about that magic word called “Priorities”. Although life is indeed too short to sit around and whine about how life is too short. So get up and collect some beautiful memories!

But there is more behind taking a time off than just collecting beautiful memories. Distance from the things you are surrounded by in your everyday life can have a huge effect on how you spend your time in the future. Sometimes it is only from a distance that we can see what is really going on in our lives.

Ask yourself if the things you are spending your time on still ignite that little spark in you. Ask yourself if your body is still filled with joy. Ask yourself if you can still see yourself doing this for another few weeks, months, years or even decades. If you can’t find a positive answer to those questions, you may have arrived at that one point in life where you should take a few steps back and really take a look from the distance at your current situation. Locate the things that bother you or leave you unsatisfied and eliminate them. There is no need to carry unnecessary weight with you on your journey.

I told you life is the longest thing we will ever experience but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t spend our time wisely and solely on the things we really enjoy doing. And Sometimes all it takes to get back your energy and happiness is a really long break from the things that surround you.