You need to guard your enthusiasm, jealously.
Don’t let anyone take it away from you. Don’t let anyone make you small. Stay away from people who make you feel like you should ‘tone it down’.
Don’t tone it down. If anything, turn it up. Turn it up to eleven and get the party of your life started. Who cares if the neighbours call the cops? You’ve only got one shot at this.
Turn. It. Up.
I’ve actually made this my ‘spiritual mission’ in life – to turn it up.
Remember where the word ‘enthusiasm’ comes from.
It’s from the Greek “en-theos” : to be filled with spirit – with divine energy.
So enthusiasm is a spiritual state of being. You are fully alive in your life, and you are as close to spirit as you’re ever going to be.
If there is such a thing as a ‘spiritual mission’, then this is it: to live enthusiastically.
Now, I might say that we all share this spiritual mission, but note that in practice, each mission is deeply personal.
I mean, I want to see you just devouring every experience that comes your way, unable to contain your enthusiasm.
But only you can know what experiences you are hungry for. What is it that turns you on? What juices you up? What is it that gets that divine energy thumping through your veins?
Kite-surfing? Cage-wrestling? Flower-arrangement?
Only you can know. Your spiritual mission is as unique as you are.
But it all starts with cultivating your enthusiasm and lust for life.
So that’s why I say ‘guard your enthusiasm’. Don’t let anyone take it from you.
Your mission is too important for that.