The best scene in Fight Club is where Brad Pitt is pointing a gun to the back of a service station attendants head, yelling “What did you want to be Raymond K Hessel?” Why did Raymond quit college and end up working at a convenience store? Did he have no choice?
Too much schooling? Would you rather be dead? Would you rather die here on your knees out the back of a convenience store? If you’re not on your way to becoming a vet in 6 weeks, you will be dead!
As Raymond sprints into the distance, Pitt spits “Tomorrow will be the most beautiful day of Raymond K Hessels life.”
The idea of a wake up call is refreshing. It will put things into perspective for me, but why wait? Why wait until we lose a job or a doctor tells us we are on our way to diabetes? Why must we wait for a wake up call when we can see the future play out before our own eyes, as a result of our own actions. We wait because we’re afraid of failure. The idea of not trying is safer than trying and failing. We will become that person at the bar slurring “I could have been a Football player but…”
We always have a choice. If we aren’t conscious, choices will be made for us. There are endless streams constantly bidding for our attention. Facebook, Instagram, Netflix, social engagements, more work. So we must make better choices. We don’t always know the best choice but we know better choices.
It’s your choice to have a mediocre life working a standard 9-5 job attaining the regular comforts that we are taught to want; house, car, holiday. Do we wake up feeling passionate about our jobs and lives? Do we question why? No fear, no distractions. The ability to let that which does not matter, truly slide?
If there was a gun to your head, what would you do? What did you want to be?