I recently watched this short film again and once again I was moved deeply. It's not often that you get the opportunity to feel like someone gets you. To the T.
This film was made by a company called Duct Tape then Beer, and it is a beautiful piece about a guy who climbs 35 pitches of rock for his 35th birthday.
Now you don't need to be a climber. Bleeding knuckles and sleeping in a van does not appeal to many, hell, you don't even need to be 35 years old.
But it speaks to everything I stand for, what I speak about and the type of change I would like to see in the world. Tomorrow, I am delivering my keynote The Bucket List Effect to a very special group. They don't even know that I'm coming, but tomorrow we embark on something so special.
I have included the transcript form the video as well to read through. Have a look. You may not be inspired to take up crack climbing in the Utah desert or cash in your assets for a gap year of baked beans and tendon tape, but it might help you change the way you look at tomorrow.
Click on the picture to watch the video.
After all these years – I refuse to believe that joy costs something
or that you have to jump on a plane to find it.
That it has to happen on our vacation
and that dreams can’t come true on a Tuesday
I don’t know what I want to be,
but I don’t think it involves spread sheets and emails and big pay cheques
I know what I’d give thanks to
I like spicy food and tipping big
I give thanks to vehicles we call homes and living off of other people’s leftovers
For evolving as a person
This one is for getting soaked by rainstorms
For cereal and Saturday morning cartoons as a kid
for 3 legged dogs that run
walking on rocky mountain ridge lines
and stones that skip all the way to the deepest part of the lake
Watching the golden of the last hour of the day turn the desert into a soft glowing place
When I reach that final minute of that final day,
I won’t think about shitty bosses, or what happened on Facebook
I’ll remember riding my bike on city streets at night
Gravel roads that stretch on forever
And all the highs and lows of family
Standing in the middle of icy rivers wandering what it’s like to be a fish
and making pretty girls laugh
and friends, of course my friends!
I try to collect moments.
I step back and watch the movie that is my life for just a second
Because it’s easy to miss the good stuff. The magic when it happens
I try real hard to realise when life is amazing, and even when it’s not.
I know something happens when you finally see a place you’ve seen your whole life on postcards and wall calendar
And I know a beautiful dress can make a beautiful girl, just like that
The best way to feel the ocean is to dive right into the waves
The same way you dive into the ocean of people on city sidewalks
This one is for the idea that money spent living passionately is better than any piece of gear you can buy.
This one is for trying, for wander
For people who rock out in the car with the music so loud everyone waiting in traffic can hear it
And coffee – thank God for coffee!
We think our heroes need to be good at throwing or catching balls
And then we sit down on a bar stool, drink beer and watch have the time of their lives on the TV screen.
My heroes are my belay partners.
Blind people who cross the street on their own
And those who realise that inside we are all capable of surprising ourselves
We all have dreams but they don’t mean much if we don’t act on them
If we put them in a drawer labelled “someday” for when we think we’ll have more time
I try to get out there, to go to amazing places, to have incredible conversation with incredible people
I think it all adds up somewhere…and when it does
You’re not doing something, you’re being something.
And what I wanna be is happy. Excited. And inspired
Today I am 35.
That last rope length was for me – for the next 35
Because I don’t want to say “I wish” I wanna say “Damn! That was awesome!”