“I shall finish what you started.”
Kylo Ren had the right idea. When you start something, finish it. Seriously guys, don’t leave us hanging. “Finish him!” (err, I mean us. Finish us.) Sorry, played too much Mortal Combat with ‘the guys’ last night.
Despite his incredible
hair work ethic, the emo-hipster-Sith-Lord-wannabe was painfully misled: That’s what years of teachings from an ancient organization that promotes genocide — and an acute aversion to skincare (just look at the Emperor’s face, need I say more?) — will do to you. At least Darth Maul had the right idea with that black-and-red facial mask of his.
hair (*sigh*) passion is certainly an admirable feature, and one we could all learn from. Finish. What. You. Start.
Beginning isn’t enough. Our society excels at beginnings. We freaking rock at them, almost as well Kylo rocks that hair (but enough about his gorgeous locks). Take a moment to evaluate what things you’re starting, and forgetting (failing) to finish. Is it…
- wasting your time on Netflix?
- learning to play an instrument?
- writing a blog? (*grits teeth* I can do this, I can do this)
- understanding the impossible complexities of sports?—on behalf of boyfriends everywhere
We suck at following through to the end…like in baseball…er…basketball (yay, I’m getting this sports thing down! *high-fives boyfriend*). We’ve adopted a mentality of half-assery. And it really shows in the bedroom *clears throat*, hence the wildly successful lineup of half-assed romance novels and vampire fan fictions.
Although I would advise against committing to causes like world domination and construction of Death Star 2.0, cultivating a passion and sticking with it is essential to adding value to your life.
Unfortunately, most of us are too busy pacifying are brains with meaningless activities and the pursuit of physical possessions to go after our dreams. If you want to pursue your passions with Kylo Ren determination, here are a couple of tips for freeing up time and focusing with lightsaber precision.
- Minimize your materials. Maximize your meaning. Physical clutter creates mental noise. Static. Like tuning into the radio on the wrong frequency. You can improve your concentration by limiting the superfluous things in your life. Keep what is useful. Toss the rest.
Don’t wearown less clothes. Up until recently, I owned nearly twenty pairs of jeans. Twenty! Of those twenty pairs, I wore only two consistently — when I wore pants at all. So I tossed ’em. All but the two pairs I wear regularly. Am I suggesting you throw out all your clothes? No. But get rid of whatever is cluttering space. By eliminating the number of items in your environment (i.e. the denim in your wardrobe, shoes in your closet, shit in your toiletgarage), you’re chipping away at how many decisions you’re required to make in any given day. Rinse and repeat until you’ve streamlined, reached the bare minimum, joined a nudist colony.
- Ditch the distractions. Sometimes it’s people. Other times, it’s things. If there’s a project you need to complete in a timely manner, act the part of the undercover introvert and limit the duration of your conversations until you’ve finished.
- Say no to
drugsnotifications. We’re addicted to our phones. Namely, notifications. They trigger an almost sex-like addiction. We’ve all seen those couples in public, so consumed by their texting, tweeting, and iPhone-finger-fucking that they forget to pay attention to the person sitting across from them. At dinner. On a date! I have an image of humans in the future, cuddling up in a wool blanket for a movie. But in place of another human, they’re sitting next to an iPhone swaddled in a matching blanky. Forget it! Say yes to dopamine in the bedroom. Stop fingering your phone.
- Deprive yourself. Temporarily. Carve out a block of time in your schedule to completely unplug yourself. Untether and get it together. I’ve never understood why people go to coffee shops, whip out their shiny Macbooks, and do…nothing (browsing Pinterest doesn’t count as being productive). Try putting your phone down for an hour, and see how much you get done.
- Become a superhero. Remember the first Spiderman movie the one with Toby McGuire? Like, before he became an emo whackjob like our good friend Kylo Ren. Spiderman may have acquired his abilities overnight — or by the bite of a spider. But he didn’t start off being a superhero. It took practice — and a plethora of embarrassingly ugly costumes before he got it right. With great power comes great responsibility. Your powers (i.e. talents, passions, skills) are meaningless — and adding little value to your life — if you don’t exercise them on the regular.