Left at Albuquerque

I rode with someone new during my training ride yesterday, a kickass local photographer who told me about how he and his wife had done a 180 on their lives a few years ago. Said “screw The Man.” Set off to pursue their respective passions. Live their passions.

Life is great when you can murmur an inner “fuck yeah,” isn’t it?

Every Saturday morning during my childhood, Looney Tunes was a TV staple. Bugs Bunny and Elmer J. Fudd in a never-ending kill da wabbit saga. And I’ll never forget the “I shoulda taken a left at Albuquerque” episode.

Today’s post is brief, but I’m sick of people who think they’re Bugs Bunny. Shoulda.

Shoulda can go fuck itself right and proper. Shoulda needs to get out of your house, your life, your vocabulary.

While it’s funny when Bugs seems lost after tunneling through America at breakneck speed (and I have no bloody idea how he even knew he turned RIGHT at Albuquerque if he was underground – the suspension of disbelief, I suppose), it’s really not funny for us.

Do yourself a favor today – go grab something by the cajones. Do something that you shoulda done. There’s something entirely liberating about taking a leap of faith. I’m almost four years past mine (look left, look right – yeah – I like it) and I love every one of my OSM!s. I actively pursue finding MORE OS!Ms. And I never think that I shoulda taken the left at Albuquerque. I just take it.

Have a kickass weekend.

19 comments
David
David

As one of my mentors says, "Stop should-ing all over yourself." Great post.

The Redhead
The Redhead

Or shit. Shitting all over yourself is never pretty, either. Or peeing, for that matter.

The Redhead
The Redhead

Thanks, Paul :) You have a great weekend, too!

The Redhead
The Redhead

Glad I could enhance your vocabulary today :)

The Redhead
The Redhead

Steve is awesome - saw him speak at SOBCon in Chicago in April. Good luck with the hamsters - lemme know if they make it past 4 months! ;-)

Chistinayak
Chistinayak

Thanks for the ink to Steve. Had never heard of OS!Ms, but they are what life is about.Thanks!P.S. Daughter is getting hamsters this month... thought you might appreciate :-)

Shelly
Shelly

Yes Shoulda should go fuck itself for sure... Either do it or forget! And thanks for the link to the video... never heard that! Have had some OS!M and didn't have a description... now I do and need to go find some more! :)

D.T. Pennington
D.T. Pennington

You can't always sit around waiting for life to drop shit in your lap. Sometimes, you have to shit in your own lap.

Megan Carpenter
Megan Carpenter

Thank you! I really needed this today! Been pondering a couple of business opportunities/possibilities, but I keep waffling. I really needed this push. Who has time for shoulda's and regrets!

paulmerrill
paulmerrill

Another way to put it - live life without regrets. Don't look backward.You seem to be doing a good job on that, Erika.Happy weekend.

Matt Meeks
Matt Meeks

One of my favorite aphorisms: "Don't should all over yourself".