Yesterday, I read this article in the New York Times about a local San Diego legend, and I couldn’t help but share it with you guys. *You can read the article here (there’s an awesome video too!).* Anyways, the article is about this guy who goes by the name of Slomo, who’s an institution on the Pacific Beach (PB) boardwalk here in SD. I’ve yet to see him myself, but his reputation precedes him. As PB residents can attest, Slomo is always out there rollerblading his little heart out in slow motion style, soaking up the sun and doing his own thing. Infamous.
Even though he’s a local legend, few people seem to know Slomo’s real identity. Thanks to the Times article, I learned that Slomo was once a prominent doctor, and left a lucrative career behind to rollerblade his days away…. literally.
I know, I know — that sounds nuts, right? According to his interview in the article’s video, Slomo’s prompt to leave that conventional career/life behind and adopt his rollerblading ways were the words of an old man, who advised him that the key to living a long life was to “do what you want.”
I know I’m all “do what makes you happy!” a lot lately and keep yapping about that, but this feels like the perfect year (2014) to make that reminder known. I’ve always been an advocate for following your heart, but sometimes we get caught up in the nitty gritty of life, rolling through on a conveyor belt. You know? So a reminder is helpful, and I’ve committed to making this the year of intention.
I’ve been trying to remember that it’s critical to, well, do what you want! I mean, supposing what you do doesn’t hurt someone else, but you know what I mean. So if your job isn’t challenging you or feeding your passion, try to look for a new one. If people in your life don’t raise you up and push you to be better, than maybe you need to rethink those relationships. And I think Slomo’s story, as crazypants and impractical as it may sound at first listen, is actually inspiring. I mean, not that I’m advocating that exact lifestyle, but I like what he stands for.
Sometimes the things that we are most passionate about (professionally speaking) are counterintuitive to society’s opinions of what’s most important or valuable. But I think it’s all relative. If you love working as a manager of a restaurant and excel at it, who’s to say you’d be more successful if you climb the corporate ladder. Maybe success is objective, and personal.
This reminds me slightly of Sheryl Sandberg‘s Lean In, which I just recently finished reading (I’m a little slow to join the bandwagon, I know). I’m not exactly a feminist by any means, mostly because I was raised to think I excel at whatever I set my mind to regardless of my gender, but I did appreciate a lot of what Sandberg wrote…… however, I think that if anyone – man or woman – is content and feels fulfilled as a teacher or florist or ice cream scooper versus being a high paid surgeon or CEO of major company, then hey, godspeed. Live the life YOU want.
Do what you want. Everything falls into place as it should.
What do you think?! SD locals – have you heard or seen Slomo yet?