I’m a big fan of ’80s movies, and I love no character quite as much as I love Miles, Joel Goodman’s requisite best friend in Risky Business. Miles is brilliant. Miles got chased by Guido the killer pimp the night before his trig midterm. Miles delivered this bit of cinematic brilliance:
“Sometimes you’ve just gotta say ‘What the Fuck’. Make your move. ‘What the Fuck’ brings freedom.”
This statement can be applied to almost every area of life for positive results. Because the thing is, playing it safe never really got anyone anywhere too exciting. The people everyone knows, the people everyone admires, did not get there by playing it safe. There’s a lot to be said for not being an idiot, of course. WTF should be applied through a lens of at least vague logic to ensure that you don’t accidentally ruin every aspect of your life in a childish attempt to achieve freedom thinking that freedom just means ‘easy life with no responsibilities’. Freedom is more so about having the guts to take risks that have the chance to pay off, rather than playing by the book that has gone unquestioned for decades.
Really, it’s about asking “why” at every single turning point in your life. If the answer to “why” isn’t compelling enough for you, then it might be time to apply the WTF ideology. If you could do anything, what would you do? Okay, so how would you go about getting there? All right, get off your ass and get started. Asking “why” is hard (there are a lot of people who won’t want you to ask) applying WTF is hard (there are a lot of people who will tell you not to). But what on earth is the point of having autonomy if you don’t use it?
Let 2016 be a year of saying “What the Fuck”. Challenge yourself to build the life you actually want, not a life you’re pretty okay with having.