After entering into this existence just over 38 years ago and spending most of those years in a general state of dissatisfaction, frustration, loneliness, unhappiness and confusion with this existence, this world, I found myself in a position where I had three options to resolve this. Each of which could be highly effective in changing the state I was in to something more positive, but each with sacrifices that I would need to accept based on which option I chose. The question was, which option would be the best one to choose?
I could try to accept this existence that I am in, with all of its beauty as well as its flaws. After all, once you accept something you somehow become a part of it and something is far easier to live with once you feel it is a part of you. But no matter how much I entertained this option, I couldn´t choose it. It just didn´t feel right. I couldn´t accept everything in this existence the way it was. Even though I resented how I had been feeling for most of my life, those feelings had a purpose, and to ignore those feelings and accept things as they were just didn´t make sense; especially if there was the option of changing this existence!
I could try to leave this existence that I am in. Of course I would be leaving behind all its beauty but I would also be leaving behind all of its flaws, which seem to be getting worse every time I turn on the news. Then there was the question of how? I wasn´t necessarily the “suicidal type”, although the idea of suicide was very tempting more than once as you will find out, but just ending my life just didn´t make sense either. Not only did my feelings have a purpose, so did my life. After all, everything in this whole existence has a purpose, so just ending my life prematurely wasn´t an option I could consider either. In addition, although I think ending my life would probably be the easiest option for me, it would also be the most selfish. I would leave behind people who cared about me which would clearly have a negative impact on the rest of their lives in this existence which I would leave behind me. Why should other people suffer just because I am unhappy?
I found myself staring straight at the third option; immediately followed with my mind being flooded with endless questions. I could try to change this existence. I could try to address the flaws. But how? Where do I start? What do I need? Who can help me? Can it be changed? What if nobody else wants to change it? What if every other person in this existence has accepted it? What if I am the only one in the world who feels the way I do about it? What if nobody wants to see the problems or attempt to solve the problems in this existence, because for many of them that would mean they would need to admit they are a part of those problems? Surely there must be others who feel like I do about this life, this world, this existence, and our purpose as a collective humanity? Yes? No? Maybe? How do I prioritise what needs changing? What is most important? What do we address first? What will be the impacts on other aspects of our existence as we start to change our existence? How long will change take? What if it can´t be changed? What will it cost? How can I raise the funds to do it? How do I measure change and whether it is a success or not? What do I mean by change? Why do I want to change it in the first place? And so on, and so on….
All I knew was I wanted to change things for the better for everyone. I wanted to change the world into how I would have wanted it to be when I was born into it, if I had had the opportunity to do so. I wanted to change this existence which I had been born into, without a say as to whether I wanted to be here or not in the first place! I didn´t know how. I didn´t necessarily know what. I didn´t know when. But I did know it was possible, after all we live in an existence that is constantly changing, every single second of every single minute of every single hour of every single day, so I did know change was possible. Or as Joe Jackson says, “Nothing is impossible. Everything is possible.” I also knew the first thing I had to change was me.
As you can probably guess, option three was looking like a far more exciting option than options one and two. The mere fact that considering it sent my mind into a frenzy of endless questions was enough of a sign for me to know this was the option I needed to choose, and I had to see what that meant. Of course, this option had sacrifices like the other two, except the sacrifices I would have to make weren´t suppressing my feelings or ending my life, but it did mean I would have to give up everything and everyone in my life as it was, as well as my time. As hard as this would be for me to do, I had no other choice. I had to accept the option I had chosen as well as the sacrifices that came with it. This my friend, was when I decided what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be. This was the day when I decided to become an author and philanthropist.
This was the day when I started typing the first words of my novel – The Life Experience of Joe Jackson.
This was the day when I started to think about how we need to change to achieve a positive transformation on a global scale that benefits everybody – The Joe Jackson Revolution.
This was the day when I started planning how this book would drive and support my plans for philanthropy – The Joe Jackson Foundation for Humanity.
You can find more information about The Life Experience of Joe Jackson, The Joe Jackson Revolution and the The Joe Jackson Foundation for Humanity on the other headings on this blog, and for those of you who feel inspired to start reading my novel and simultaneously contribute to our foundation, here is the link to the official website for the foundation which provides you with the platform to purchase and read my novel.
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Nothing is impossible. Everything is possible.