Monday, December 02, 2013

Happy Monday

"There's nothing to mourn about death any more than there is to mourn about the growing of a flower. What is terrible is not death but the lives people live or don't live up until their death. They don't honor their own lives, they piss on their lives. They shit them away. Dumb fuckers. They concentrate too much on fucking, movies, money, family, fucking. Their minds are full of cotton. They swallow God without thinking, they swallow country without thinking. Soon they forget how to think, they let others think for them. Their brains are stuffed with cotton. They look ugly, they talk ugly, they walk ugly. Play them the great music of the centuries and they can't hear it. Most people's deaths are a sham. There's nothing left to die." ~Charles Bukowski —The Captain Is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship, 1998

I love Monday's. 

I know a lot of people don't like the second day of the week because they have to trudge off to some job they hate, begin another useless cycle of the rat maze they've built for themselves.  I know it well. I've done it.  But, it wasn't for possessions or prestige, but for provision.  It was my responsibility to provide for my family.  But to endure the monotony I became like a zombie, going through the motions without any heart, crying on the inside for some spark of life. The more I reached for that spark, the more the other rats in the maze scoffed at me, spouting their tales of responsibility, uniformity and practicality. That’s not how I was created.

Now I'm alone and can make more daring decisions, do without most of worldly possessions and just concentrate on meeting basic needs, living a life every day seeking purpose and passion. The key is ‘living’.

I don't want regrets. 

If my time should come tomorrow, I want those I've left behind to know I lived every day to the fullest chasing what truly makes me happy. THAT is the inheritance I want to leave my children.  Chasing, dreaming, hoping, seeking, exploring, experimenting, loving, losing, listening, watching, holding, letting go, touching, … living.

Have a happy Monday.

Till next time,

~T.L. Gray


  1. You should alter your 'reactions' buttons to also have things like "moving," "inspiring," "thought provoking," stuff like that...the current ones are inadequate, in my opinion.

    Lovely post. You're racking up those Bukowski references :)

    1. I added more buttons. Great idea. Thanks for reading. Bukowski had some great things to say.

  2. Anonymous11:48 AM

    Are you the TL Gray that I think you are? I'm sorry for asking that question in a public comment thread, but I found no e-Mail address.
    Does the name Bjørn-Arild from Norway sound familiar? If so, please reply to this post, and I'll give you my e-Mail address.

    1. Bjorn-Arild??? OMG!!! Wow, what a pleasant surprise.