Be A Human-Doing, Not A Human Who Is Just Being

Be A Human-Doing, Not A Human Who Is Just Being

My blog began because a friend of mine said he thought my occasional Facebook thoughts would work well on a blog platform. So on November 28, 2014 I introduced the world to Dream Big, Dream Often and unleashed upon the world a plague. No, but seriously, it has been a therapeutic way for me to discuss life and nonsense and an experience which has changed my life.  Check out my video on this topic here.


Now we are approaching 40,000 followers and this fact humbles me in ways I cannot express. I never in my wildest dreams would have thought anyone other than my friends and family would care enough to tune in and read what I have to say, but they do and I am proud of the accomplishment. It represents countless hours of hard work and dedication.

And of course I will use this as an avenue to teach a life lesson. I get comments and emails by the truck loads each week asking all sorts of things, but one of the most common is ‘how can I break out of my rut?’ And to me the answer is clear: Start doing something new with your time. Take up a new hobby. Begin a new sport. Start painting. Write. Write poetry. Start running. Start a blog. Begin to do something that is new, exciting and adventurous.

Just because you have never done something doesn’t mean you can’t. And in time you may discover your true life’s passion. I rediscovered mine through the Dream Big blog: public speaking. Since my blog began, I have been contacted and had the honor of speaking to Lowe’s Home Improvement, the student body at a large local community college, several large local food charities and countless MS support groups.

What I found through these experiences is that speaking fills a void in me that I had forgotten existed. It fills my soul, mind and spirit. It provides me with energy and, yes, feeds my ego; which is also important. It has built my confidence. My plans for 2017 will be to begin a new set of talks to the local high schools, which excites me beyond belief.

I say all of this for a reason: adulting has one terrible side effect in that it turns most humans into zombies going through the motions.  Don’t be a human who is just being, but be a human who is doing!  Rediscover your life passion and get back to being alive once again. Dig into the recesses of your mind and remember back to that thing you once did that brought so much joy. Dust off that sketch book. Clean those paint brushes. Lace up those running shoes. Get back to human-doing what made you feel alive and watch your life and mind change quickly. If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you will keep on getting what you’ve always gotten.


26 thoughts on “Be A Human-Doing, Not A Human Who Is Just Being

    1. I guess if that is what you want out of life then good for you. It really comes down to each person and what they decide (with their actions) they want in life. 🙂

  1. Great post Danny. My sorrow is I don’t know what I have put away- perhaps it is my talent for singing, which I enjoyed and still do but almost never use.
    Thank you for making me think.

    1. I get the “how do I find my passion” question a lot. What I wish more people realized is there is no such thing as finding your passion. It’s already inside you!!

  2. thank you Danny.. 🙂
    like others, the last paragraph really summed it up and it is what I have felt for a while.
    As if I’m missing something.
    “adulting has one terrible side effect in that it turns most humans into zombies going through the motions.  Don’t be a human who is just being, but be a human who is doing! ”
    It reminds me of a post that you did not too long ago about time and management. That is where that one part of the above paragraph really connects with me. I go through the motions every day just watching the clock to see how much time I have for housework, schoolwork, things that I need to do and want to do.
    Thank you so much for all that you are doing for us.
    Merry Christmas!!!!
    God Bless you and your family!

  3. I agree! I just picked up the violin. Which takes me back to my childhood in many ways-being a student again. I just ordered a mandolin and will learn too since the violin is so fun. I never thought I could learn an instrument until I TRIED. Thanks for your post!

  4. What is life about?

    Years have seemed to pass like seconds. A familiar face in the market has brought back all the nostalgia and memories. Days turn into nights and weekends turn to weekdays and we work on and on , like machines , grinding against the noise , to support ourselves and the ones we hold dear. But have we ever stopped for a single minute, to not do anything, to just breathe , to just be?  The years have taught us a great many lessons , we have laughed , we have cried , we have feared , we have felt joy , sadness ,anger ,betrayal and loss , euphoria , madness , relief , jealousy and every other emotion on a spectrum . We have traveled , met people, felt lonely , connected with people and the internet , listened to people, listened to songs, got a new haircut , read things , wrote things and talked. But ever have we introspected ourselves, our emotional growth and our soul’s whispers? Have we ever really asked ourselves what is it that we really want , what is it that we are here for? Have we ever told ourselves that life isn’t about materialistic things and cars and jewellery, technological devices and watches ,rather,Its about making people smile , being there for others and for ourselves. Its about dancing in the rain , counting the clouds with a six year old. Its about long walks and late night talks. Its about the people we meet and connect with. Its about helping and being a shoulder to cry on. Life is all about the summer and the sweet smell of it. 

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