Ehm, hello SCG!
yeap, it is me! I am back & alive! 😉 You
might have been wondering where did I & my shipping disappeared. Many of you sent me emails, reached out by SMS, called me, sent Facebook messages to my brother, left posts on my Facebook wall, some of you did not even hesitate to make a long distance calls to find out what has happened to me. Thank you for that! (you know, who did so) You have no idea what it means to me, that you have noticed/felt my absence & cared about my whereabouts. So, where have I been since 13th March? All right, grab your seat, shut down all the noise around you, because you are about to read (so far) the most personal shipment on #IS… Ready?
It all started only few hours after posting 10th Question Of the Week. When I was composing it, I was having decently high 38 degrees (100.4 F) fever, but I did not let it to stop me to ship on time & carry on working. As always I carried on giving my all, with no idea what harsh consequences it will have…
Around 10 PM my condition worsen & I have suffered a terrible cold fever for about 20 minutes, when I could not stop shaking & my heart beat was so high, that I felt like I am sprinting at Olympics… What followed was expected from medical point of view, but very unexpected from my point of view: my fever went up to 41 degrees (105.8 F) & I have got serious difficulties to breathe… At this point of time my parents had no other way to help me, just to call emergency.
When I Spoken My Last Wishes
Before emergency crew came in & stabilized me => I really thought I am not going to make it, that is why I have asked my Dad to:
– write a blog post about what happened to me & ask SCGers to carry on writing for #IS
– ask Slovak readers to carry on with NGLS movement & its legacy
– send email to Seth Godin to thank him for what he has done for this world
+ few more too personal messages, which if you don’t mind, I will keep for myself.
Few hours later I have found myself in a hospital room diagnosed with urinary tract infection (gosh, I had no clue it can mess up one’s body so much). I was really lucky that my heart was able to cope with such high fever as I was told that not so fit person, might…I cannot even type what , but I guess you know how it could have ended.
This View Can Change Your Point of View on Life
For next 6 days this was my view & believe me, that watching drops of antibiotics running into my veins, gave me enough time to reflect on my life & realize how fragile we all are.
Things Will Never Be the Same, But I am Grateful For That!
However horrifying experience, it seemed to be. I am absolutely grateful for it. Starring into eyes of my own death brought such clarity onto so many things I was not sure of, that I consider it as the most life-transforming experience of my almost 29 years on this planet.
So what are 3 main lessons learned from this one week?
Here they are:
Forget Consistency -> Embrace Change & Evolution
Soon or later, you will notice, that I have changed some paradigms I was fighting for & believed in. I am not ashamed of it, but I am proud of it. It does not mean, I cheated before or pretended something what was not real, it only means that I did what I sincerely knew the best at that time. Now, I am different: I experienced – I learned – I evolved. And I will carry on marching on my journey with high spirits no matter what.
Every New Day Is Your Chance for New You
Let go off your memories, mistakes, worries, paradigms & start with virgin – child like mind, which is geared up with infinite curiosity & good intentions. Open up your heart, be vulnerable (be even ready to be hurt by events or discoveries along the way) & trust the process. Repeat every single day.
Appoint Death As Your Main Advisor
However morbid it may sound, trust me, that it is more inspiring than you think. Let me explain:
- when you feel at the top of the world & more successful, smart, rich, beautiful than others => remember that no matter how shiny is everything now -> we all have the same fate & we will end up in 1 by 2 meters coffin at the end => so, be humble, fully respect other people & be grateful that you are alive – here & now.
- when you hesitate to ship something new, when you are afraid to fail & get yourself embarrassed by your new ideas => look again at your advisor & remember that you never know, when will be your last day, so screw all the fear & do it, ship your art NOW!
- when you are facing dilemma about doing something with potential to harm or hurt other people as consequence of your selfish action: again call upon your advisor & envision your own departure from this planet & see how many people would shed a sincere tears of gratitude for your actions during your life & how many people would have been left with bleeding scars on their souls from remembering you how you hurt them…
And I could go on & on, but this is your call now.
So, After the Storm – There Will Come a Time..
Listen to this wonderful song & perhaps re-read this shipment again…
SCG,I am begging you to keep on shipping art, which truly matters
to be indispensable,
so when you will disappear you will be missed…
P.S. 1: Everyone who reached out to me & did not hear from me back, please don’t take it personally, I was simply not ready to communicate with anyone else except my family.
P.S. 2: I am perfectly healthy now & inspired to ship my art more than ever before 😉
P.S. 3: Remember & act on my “last wishes”, whenever it will be necessary (I hope not sooner than in 60 years) => carry on with legacy of #IS & #NGLS