Life is in the Laboring
Who is Chris Barba and why is that such a hard question? On the surface of that query I could touch on my job, perhaps some roles I’ve procured, maybe even some hobbies I enjoy. But does that define me, does that really speak to who I am? They scratch the surface, but they are mostly descriptive statistics that can be thrown on the back of my hypothetical baseball card. Who I am parallels what I value, and what I value is growth. The complete obliteration of limits, the visceral hankering for adventure, and exploration of the infinite unknown.
Ironically, it wasn’t till after receiving my undergraduate degree that I was really driven to seek out knowledge. My interests are diverse, but centered around the idea of optimal living. Hence the idea – life is in the laboring. This very moment is really the only one we have. Past moments lead us to it and future moments are anticipated through it, but this moment is the one we can do something with. It is our working sketch board, constantly scripting and revising our life journey.
The idea of something greater will be on the horizon, always, while life, is here, under your feet, now. Might as well learn to enjoy the euphoric highs along with the rest of life.
And so here I am, as confused and curious as you. But that’s okay. People think we are endless seekers for the meaning of life. I think we are just seeking the feeling of being alive. This world is my playground, I write the rules, I choose what I do, I am who I am. This is what the 6-year-old version of me used to think. Smart kid..and so this is my mantra inspired by former me:
I am a limitless character and imaginative author of the sublime chronicles of my life. I am a risk taker and choose to entertain the impossible. My background is in psychology and business, my future is in creating an impact in this saga we call life, and that middle ground known as present day consists of the surreal purpose of living in the now.
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