“None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an afterthought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you’re carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else.” — Christopher Walken

I’ve never opened an article with Christopher Walken (even though I love him), but I found this quote so inspiring for a Friday.

Too often we don’t do the things we REALLY want to do, because we’re too busy, too focused (or un-focused), or it’s just not the ‘right’ thing to do.

When I worked in corporate, I found myself sometimes being silly — I’d sing, I’d dance, I’d smile and wholeheartedly greet people in the hallway. In the back of my head, I probably hurt my chances for advancement with the more serious executives, but I feel I left an impression on the rest that is maintained to this day.

My older brothers told me many years ago that I will be spending a full third of my life working. I can either enjoy it or dread it. I chose to enjoy it. That’s why I start all of my coaching calls, educational moments, and workshops with a outrageously hearty ‘Good Morning!’ or ‘Hello There!’.

I try to hug people more to fully project my excitement about seeing them. I smile when they talk and take an active interest in what they have to say.

It might be silly or weird — but not only do I embrace my joy of life, other people frequently ask, “Who was that guy?” When I do it, I hope I’ve brought a little sunshine to their life too.