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You’ll Never Be Old and Wise If You Weren’t Young and Crazy

… are words to live by my friends.

Now, just imagine that every time you are presented with 2 options you use this quote, written by an unknown author who likely has quite a few interesting stories from the road, to decide.

When we’re making big decisions we tend to come to our final choice based on a set of rules formed by our values, past experiences both good and bad, and fear of the unknown.

But what if we used the this quote as the standard or words to live by when making these big decisions?

OBSERVE THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS:

Mary Jane wants to:

Option A.) get a full time job working in New York city, live in a snazzy apartment in the Village, save up enough money to buy some nice things but also start investing in the stock market, and quite possibly get a dog she’ll name Rocky if she’s planning on staying put for awhile.

Option B.) move abroad for a year living and working in Costa Rica, learning Spanish, having a steamy affair with some guy named Jorge, and get a few pet lizards that live with her in her house.

Neither option is wrong. Both options have excellent perks, provide various but different opportunities, and in general, would be a good life.

MARY JANE SIMPLY CAN’T DECIDE!

However, if Mary Jane is going to live her life based on the saying, “You’ll never be old and wise if you weren’t young and crazy” than the choice is easy: She will choose Option B and THAT’S THAT.

It’s the riskier, crazier choice. It’s the choice that goes against the grain and the status quo. It’s the choice that holds more uncertainty.

It is also the choice that is rich with experience, challenge, and dynamic learning and growing.

Sure, in option A Mary Jane will grow, and she’ll learn, and she’ll experience. NYC is a crazy place full of adventure! But Option A does not hold true to the one regulation we hold ourselves to when making decisions…

“YOU’LL NEVER BE OLD AND WISE IF YOU WEREN’T YOUNG AND CRAZY.”

Keep in mind that this doesn’t necessarily have to be in terms of work domestic vs. international travel!

This is ANY decision.

  • It could be that you’re torn between staying in Texas or packing up everything and moving to NYC on a whim.
  • It could that you’re torn between asking out that hot guy/girl at work with the amazing butt and smile… or simply shying away (oh and personality too)
  • It could be that you’re torn between finally making the money and time investment to start that business project or saving that money for a CD at the bank and more time to watch TV.
  • It could be that you’re torn between pursuing the career you thought you wanted and got your masters in, but when all is said and done you’d like to see what it’s like to become a professional baker!

And so, I challenge you, if you’re on a quest to seek wisdom and growth, to hop off the fence, and ask yourself which of the two options let’s you live your life by the standard that:

“You’ll never be old and wise if you weren’t young and crazy”

Here’s to both you and I seeking the wisdom, growth and crazy experiences we should always be actively pursuing.

PS – Gracias to YTravelBlog for posting this on their Quote of the Day on Facebook + Muchisima Gracias to my fellow real life & virtual travel and life addicted friends like Shannon & Kristin @ All Of Us Revolution and Kaley @ Kaley Daily for reminding myself and others that we have a choice between both options! (WORLD EXPLORATION ALWAYS BEING THE BEST OF COURSE 😉 )

So, what crazy adventures and decisions have you made that granted you the wisdom you possess today? How about the ones you’re making now for tomorrow?

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About Lauren Rains

Hi my name is Lauren Rains. I write about the human experience. Through thick and thin, I’m dedicated to growth, adventure, integrity, and love. The Mad To Live is based on my pursuits, experiments, research, and lessons of challenge and triumph in all areas of life, including being entrepreneur, a writer, a philosopher, a traveler, a teacher, a student, a creative, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a significant other, a stranger and the list goes on. At the end of the day, I believe human beings are here for two reasons: 1.) to love one another with total acceptance, and 2.) to see what we’re made of as we create the possibilities for an abundant life for ourselves and for others. No more bullshit, let's just enjoy our lives.

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  • Hey again Lauren!

    Like you know through my last blog posts, my story is one similar to yours of traveling abroad and having amazing adventures with awesome people. Well I just moved into an apartment in Jersey City and am looking for work. After spending a tiresome week online and over the phone with nothing to show for it, I took a break with my new roommate, walked to get an amazing calzone for lunch and then went to a coffee shop afterward.
    At the coffee shop, I saw a posting for an unusual position…assisting someone with day to day activities due to a disability they had. Even though I was thinking I NEEDED to continue working in my field at a 9-5 job, I thought, out of all the times in my life, this is the gap where I am free to experience anything. So I went to the interview and got the position…helping someone in need. Who knows what stories we will share or what I will learn from it. Besides the fact that I just finished reading Tuesdays with Morrie (great book), I feel like life is too short to not get all the random, crazy, life altering experiences you can get in before your looking back and wondering where it all went…

    Like Morgan Freeman says: “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

    Keep up the great work!

    Mark

    • Hey Mark!
      Tuesdays with Morrie is one of my favorite books! I’ll never forget the lesson, “When you’re in bed you’re dead.”
      … although I will admit, I do tend to enjoy sleeping in 😛

      Anyway, good for you for taking the road less traveled and pursuing an opportunity you wouldn’t otherwise have done. I think that will be a really great experience and honesty after knowing you and reading your other comments on my blog I think you’ll be awesome at this 🙂

      Shawshank Redemption = My Favorite movie. “Some birds just aren’t meant to be caged.”

  • Lauren,

    It’s been a while since I’ve heard this quote, so thanks for bringing it back 🙂

    I love the underlying message in this post that, really, that ‘wild and crazy’ thing can be anything. As much as we would like to tell people, “Go travel the world and never come back!” there are people who just wouldn’t suit that kind of lifestyle. Nevertheless, there are things that anyone can do to spice up their life and take the path less traveled every now and then. Even if it’s painting your bedroom red instead of beige 🙂

    Bottom line is, if you don’t do something, then you’ll never do anything, and the world could use more ‘young and crazy.’ You inspire me!

    • Hey Shannon!

      What’s up!? As Billy Joel said, “I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints, the sinners are much more fun.” 🙂

      You’re right, world travel is not always the lifestyle for everyone (although maybe they just haven’t seen the light yet! 😉 ) but, we can always spice up our lives a little bit. We’ve all had great times, but our ‘wild and crazy’ ones are often some of the best 🙂

      Keep up the kick ass work in Central America as one of the ‘young and crazy’!!!! 🙂

  • One of my favorite quotes! It’s a quote one can adopt as a philosophy. I love how you put the quote into words and situations, and you chose the perfect picture to match the quote!

    • Hey Kyle!
      I love this quote too! It’s fun and cool and packed with wisdom. Lately I’ve been trying to just what you’ve said: adopt is as a philosophy. I see that you’ve been doing the same as you track your adventures on your blog! Very Badass!!!!!

      Keep being young and crazy man!!

  • Okay, I see where you’re coming from but I ended up getting married with this thinking (which didn’t last).
    I’d like to suggest that you think of an additional alternative choice that is perhaps the third edge of a triangle – also far removed from the other two.

    Also – just because you were a boring fart in your younger years, doesn’t mean you can’t make up for it when you’re no longer in your 20’s. It’s never too late to take chances and do something crazy just because you can! You can be older and wiser after you are ‘old’ and ‘risky’.

    • Hey Somone,
      I really appreciate this comment you left because it definitely looks at everything I just said from another angle.

      However, in essence, I think what I was trying to say here with the word ‘young’ was not to mean if you’re in your 20’s young. Rather, more along the lines of young at heart.

      But I could definitely look back on a few things and say, “Damn, if I wasn’t so young and crazy I wouldn’t have this regret or I would have been able to do this instead of that or I wouldn’t have had to go through that period of pain.” Except those are the things that make us wise, ya know? It’s the things you thought would last but end up not for whatever reason that really make is Wise.

      There’s nothing wrong with playing it safe or with being wild. Everything in moderation, ya know! 🙂 And you’re right, it is never too late to start being ‘young and crazy’ in you’re life. I wrote this post as a message to myself actually to try to be more ‘young and crazy’ because, to be honest, lately I’ve been playing it safe a little too much. And hopefully, this post will inspire someone who is “older” be it in their age or in their playing it safe decision making, to be a little bit more “wild and crazy” and “young at heart”

      Thank you for the great comment and giving me something to think about! I’ll be pondering for some time that third edge of the triangle.

      -LAUREN 🙂

  • I think I’m going to print the title of this post and tape it everywhere. There are so many times when I took the easy road and regretted the missed experiences. On the other hand, even when I stubbed my toes I’ve never had remorse for living crazy!

    Awesome blog post, hopefully some day soon I’ll be able to learn from my past mistakes 😉

    • Hey Elchico!

      I should honestly do the same! haha. I mean, I know I wrote about it here and I try as much as possible to practice just what I preach, but it doesn’t hur to have a reminder, ya know? Maybe I’ll write it on a sticky note and stick it on my mirror to see each morning. I like to wake up to positive motivators like that!
      I am sure that as we speak you’re learning from your past mistakes – we’re always learning from them. 🙂 THey help us to create our future accomplishments!

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  • Oh this is so true – thanks for the reminder! And the young and crazy can take on many forms, even if it is not world travel. This can apply to any kind of adventure and being open to getting out of our old box of limits. right now for us it is working toward cross country travel and finding obscure but beautiful places along the way. Then? Who knows what country we will end up in!

    • Hey Lianne!!
      Ah that old box of limits… it’s there for a reason, but I really don’t like that box haha. A cross country travel trip would be AMAZING! If you wind up in St. Augustine – the oldest still inhabited city in Amerca and home to the Fountain of Youth wihch actually really sucks at $15 entrance fee but its here haha – give me a call! We’ll go ride some motorcycles around town hehe.
      I’m doing a big road trip of the west coast next month and I am so so so so excited! I’ve never really seen that part of America and I plan to have some wild and crazy times while I’m there 🙂
      Cheers to Wisdom at all ages!
      Laur 🙂

      • It would be cery cool to hook up if – WHEN – we make it out that way! We have a cross contry trip in the beginning stages of development. Can’t wait to read about your experiences on that trip!

  • Alternatively – you don’t have to be old to be wise!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RZQCWLEn04

    • hahah BADASS I like it 🙂

  • How true. I just dig this title!