This morning while sipping my coffee and browsing through my feed, something caught my eye. Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese Multimillionaire, is looking for 8 volunteers to join him on a mission to the moon.
My first reaction upon reading this was: this is a scam, a publicity stunt, unrealistic, and possibly dangerous.
But then I thought.
What the hell! I’ll give it a go!
Yes, I get it. It’s probably never going to happen, even if it does, my chances of being selected are nil, and even if it goes ahead and I’m one of the lucky ones, I’d be risking my life.
I’ve let fear interfere too many times in my life. I’ve missed countless opportunities due to playing safe. I’ve chicken out in the last minute a thousand times.
But not this time, not ever again.
I’m done with being a coward, fed up with being reasonable, and tired of common sense.
As Richard Branson says, sometimes you just have to say: Fuck it, let’s do it!
Ok, putting my name down for the moon it’s not such a big deal, it’s unlikely I’ll be selected and I can always chicken out (again). But I won’t. If I get the chance I’ll go all the way even if that means perishing in the attempt.
Maybe it’s the coffee talking but, right now, I’m 100% confident I will be chosen.
What makes me so confident?
First, I’m ready for it, I’ve got what it takes. It’s hard to explain but I feel like all my life I’ve been preparing for something without knowing what that something was. Now, I know. Call it intuition, call it destiny but the thing is, I see myself on the moon.
Second, the penny dropped. I needed to miss hundreds of great opportunities in my life to realize that sometimes you just have to say yes. Yes to adventure, yes to risk, yes to opportunity, yes to happiness, and yes to life.
Third, our time on this planet (or any other) is limited. There is no time to waste, this is not a rehearsal. If I say no to big opportunities, they are gone forever.
Times when I said no
I had a crush on a girl (who didn’t) but never had the guts to say anything. Years later I found out she had a crush on me too. DUH!!
I wanted to study Math but ended up getting an engineering degree because it felt more practical. Never liked it.
I had a chance to move to Japan, Germany, The US, Thailand, and Brazil and I didn’t because I was scared. Big mistake
During my time in the navy, I could have joined the crew at Juan Sebastian Elcano, a historical ship that goes around the world in missions. I didn’t have what it takes.
I could go on and on. I bet you have similar regrets. But the point here is; Am I going to carry on like this? Am I going to keep missing great opportunities out of fear? How long will I remain sensible before realizing it’s too late?
And what about you? What are you waiting for?
You Only Live Once. This has become a generational anthem. A Carpe Diem of sorts. Unfortunately it’s used the wrong way.
Most people resort to YOLO when they want to indulge — junk food, alcohol, laziness, etc — but the real spirit of YOLO is to take risks, to live life to the full, to go full in and fulfill your mission, even if it’s hard, even if it’s risky, and even if you are scared.
Today I’ve decided to say yes. Yes to the moon, yes to my mission, and yes to life.
You know when you were a kid and used to dream about stuff? I bet you still do.
Well, say yes to your dreams when the opportunity arrives and even if it doesn’t, go and look for it. You’ve been practical for too long. Now it’s time to escape your self-made prison.
Say yes to all the things that are important to you. Do not apologize, do not explain and do not justify it. You know what I’m talking about — that dream that refuses to go away, that trip you always wanted to take and that project you need to build.
I’ll do it when I’m older, retired, financially independent when I have more money, when the kids grow up.
That is code for never.
You either do it now or you’ll never do it. We are very good at rationalizing, at waiting for the right moment, at not getting carried away with things. But deep down we know these are just excuses made by our ego to keep us trapped in our mediocre existence.
Christopher Columbus didn’t hesitate to go to America. Edmund Hillary didn’t hesitate to climb Everest. Elon Musk won’t hesitate to go to Mars. And you should not hesitate to do what you always wanted to do. It’s either now, or never. There are no second chances.
To say yes to what is meaningful to you, first you have to say no to everything else.
Say no to socializing with people you don’t really like. Say no to a job you hate. Say no to commitments that have outgrown their usefulness. Say no to laziness, TV, escapism, and bad habits.
What it’s not helping you, it’s hindering you. You can’t do everything in life, you can only do one thing properly. Choose carefully.
Whether going to the moon is your thing or not, you can join my tribe and we’ll support each other in our journeys. I’ve been writing about this stuff for a while and the more I explore my mind, the more convinced I become that we have a mission to fulfill and we must defeat fear in order to achieve it.
Whatever you decide to do, don’t let fear kill your spirit. Fear is just a compass, follow it’s arrow and you’ll get to the other side.
You Only Live Once