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New York State of Mind: Insights on Life, Love, and Letting Go

In a New York minute, everything can change

In a New York minute, things can get a little strange

In a New York minute, everything can change

In a New York minute, you can get out of the rain

In a New York minute, everything can change

- Don Henley

As automation makes this visible, I’m roaming the streets of New York City. I’m not thinking about this post, the stock market, my birthday yesterday, or even my half marathon on Sunday.

I turned 44 this week and I’m in the city to run a half marathon. I ask myself who is this guy the world calls Justin? I barely recognize myself when I look back; I sometimes wonder who I will be a year from now, but then I just bring myself back to right now. It really is silly, this story I used to tell myself and others about me, the immense fear I used to live with, and where I see myself tomorrow.

I’ve had Don Henley’s song "New York Minute" on constant replay in my head all week. I don’t know about you, but once a song gets in my head, I can’t easily get it out. If you aren’t familiar with it, go listen to it!

Unlike the lyrics of the song, I do not plan to leave my clothing scattered on the tracks, I don’t plan on unfurling, crossing a line, or being too much in this world. But I am very cognizant of the fact that tomorrow is never promised and yesterday is a thing of the past, and the years go by in a flash. I can absolutely say my 44 years have gone by in a New York minute.

The average lifespan of a male in the United States is 73.5 years old. So I’m definitely on the back half of life’s theta decay.

No, this post isn’t about a midlife crisis, although 5 years ago I had a doctor try to tell me I was having a midlife crisis… He made that assumption when he saw I was close to 40… Which would be about right according to the market makers of lifespans, but after I told him I’m not having a midlife crisis, I’m just having a hard time breathing and my chest hurts he did some actual testing and realized I had bacterial pneumonia and I really was sick…

I’ve seen how unpredictable life is watching my dad leave far too soon and abruptly. As Don Henley sings “One day they're here, next day they're gone” This isn’t a sad message, this is a pay attention show the people you care about how much they mean to you and realize just how insignificant any beef or problems you have with others is likely meaningless!

So many times in this journey called life we get caught up in overthinking. It took me many years to stop listening to logic and start following my heart. Don sing’s it better than I can “What the head makes cloudy, the heart makes very clear.” When I started listening to my heart, and I stopped listening to the self-doubts, everything really did change. Deep down we all know what our heart wants, we just make excuses or reasons we can’t follow our heart. Until you make the decision.

The past is not something we can change, yet it’s easy to find yourself focused on the good and bad you freaking forget to enjoy where your feet are right now. Do you know how many times I’ve thought about past mistakes or wonderful celebrations only to realize that I’m missing out on what is happening right this second!

Creating a community isn’t nearly as straightforward as I expected. I often think about what I expected it to be like, and how far I’ve come in the last year, but once again I just bring myself back to right now. I have lots of exciting ideas I know can help others and I’m excited for the remainder of this year.

But for now, I’m going to roam the streets of New York without thinking about all of this. I’m going to take in the sights, smells, and tastes of the city!

I had all these plans going into this vacation, but the thing is life happens and unexpected things alter all of our plans.

If you aren’t willing to go with the flow, to push aside excuses you might just miss out on something far bigger than you can imagine.

I hope this weird post makes some type of sense to you. Even if you aren’t in New York, enjoy this New York Minute!

If you made it this far in my post, I want you to know I appreciate you more than you can possibly know. I will continue to share my playbook with you so that you too can find your own playbook to freedom!

I'm here for you, ready to support and encourage every step of the way. Head over to my Instagram at @playbooktofreedom for ongoing motivation and a community where we navigate stock market trading together.


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