The Meaning of Life

Some people believe that I'm always a positive thinker. Well, I have "not-so-positive" thoughts just like anybody else. For example, on the date of the DECIDE anniversary show (an inspirational urban musical), I started having disempowering thoughts. I found out that we were unable to get the megaphone I was going to use to start my introduction out on the street. That didn't matter too much, since it started to rain like crazy! We couldn't have people stand out in the rain for twenty minutes -- so the idea of a big lineup for the press didn't happen. And, I guess because of the rain, 50 people who had RSVP'd didn't show up. I felt disappointed. I don't think CityTV showed up either. Then, I forgot some of my lines during my monologues.

Trying to snap myself out of my bad state, I said to myself: "Listen, Danish... You've been dreaming about being on stage as part of a musical to a large audience for two years. You're doing it now!! Even if tonight is a complete flop, you're already living one of your greatest dreams."

Everything is a matter of perspective. The seats of the fifty people who didn't come were utilized by the many who did (but hadn't RSVP'd). We ended up having about 200 people in total -- all willing to stand in the rain to see our show. John Terauds from the Toronto Star noticed this and actually stated so in his article published August 30. And nobody noticed that I messed up on my lines. Hey, I'm a professional speaker. My improvisation skills also allowed me to add some extra drama to my closing monologue.

When I was a teenager, I would attend parties and feel so isolated. I would sit in the corner or stand around hoping someone would approach me and want to talk to me. After the anniversary show, it took me about an hour to get from backstage to the bar to get myself a drink. I felt like a celebrity! Everyone wanted to chat with me.

It was an awesome show, the best yet, as some have shared. I lasted until 7 AM. Now my dream is to take the DECIDE Show all the way to Broadway. It's very exciting!

So, stuff happens. Disempowering thoughts come into our minds. It's all human. Nothing in life has any meaning -- anything can be seen as positive or negative. The question is, what meaning do we pull from our circumstances? Nothing in life has any meaning, EXCEPT for the meaning that WE give it.

I'm getting that becoming an overnight success takes years of preparation. I'm learning everyday to be a little bit more patient. I'm embracing the motto that success is a journey, not a destination.

What an awesome journey it is! I'm not sure how long it's going to take for us to get to Broadway. I can promise you that it's going to be an incredible ride. Come, experience it with us...

Our Next Show:
Saturday, September 11 and Saturday, September 18
9:30 PM Doors Open
10:00 Show Starts
Midnight Party Begins

Where: 66 Portland Street (east of Bathurst, south of King), Toronto
Cost: SELF-GROWTH Special -- $10 (Canadian Currency)
RSVP: or call 416-703-9696

Make sure to say "Self-Growth" to get the half-price discount, and RSVP early as we typically sell-out days in advance.

Author's Bio: 

Simple words. Relatable stories. Powerful inspiration.

Danish Ahmed is a performer, motivational speaker and best-selling author of "A Dictionary of Distinctions"

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