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I’ve always wanted to take a shot at surfing. Looks like this is that shot. 

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I’ve always wanted to take a shot at surfing. Looks like this is that shot.

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A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.

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Energy is only borrowed.

Energy is only borrowed.

Free Write: Me v. Me

I compete with myself way too damn much. I take every opportunity to take a jab and exploit a weakness.  The worst thing is that I do it by using others as a benchmark.  If i respect you in any way, I have held myself to a standard that meets or exceeds my ability in performing or embodying the very characteristics that I appreciate in you. It’s a sickness.

I think I know what you’re thinking.  You’re saying to yourself, “That just means you like competing with other people.”  I don’t think I do, though.  Here’s how it all goes down.  As mentioned earlier, I have to value or respect you in some way.  Let’s then say that you are a great storyteller and are charismatic in every situation that you come across.  I will then question my abilities to to charm and engage a crowd in a similar fashion.  Finally, I will attempt to refine that skill until I am perfectly happy with my abilities to do so.  I don’t care whether or not you see my increase in charisma or story-telling ability.  All that I care about is that I am good at what I want to be good at, in my own eyes.

My concern is that I obsess over gaining approval of myself.  Everyone always says that you should never please other people - you should only please yourself.  What if I’m never able to impress myself or find myself content?

In many ways this is a good thing.  I feel that most of the successful people in this world today have a degree of obsession with perfection. I just hope that, one day, I’ll be able to look in the mirror and understand that I don’t have to be the best at everything.  I hope, one day, I understand that I have way too many damn interests and invest my time in way too many things.  I hope, one day, I trust myself with the fact that I can accomplish anything, better, faster, and more charismatically than anyone if I truly desired to do so.  I hope, one day, I understand that I am the best man that I can be - better than the man I was yesterday.

This little guy has been pushing me beyond my limits and right up to the edge since day one.

This little guy has been pushing me beyond my limits and right up to the edge since day one.

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Mark Webber drove the Williams F1 BMW FW26 over the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2005

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Mark Webber drove the Williams F1 BMW FW26 over the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2005

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