The first rule is…

Everything I’ve learned about living life, I have learned from Fight Club. Everyone needs to know someone like Tyler Durden; not always to the extreme of blowing shit up, but definitely someone who is not ruled by their possessions and doesn’t delude themselves by chasing things they can never have.

I believe it’s healthy to wake up and realize that our lives have limits and that sometimes we aren’t as special or as important as we may dream of being. Sometimes we have to accept the fact that the car, house, family and dreams we had growing up are going to be dramatically adjusted by reality.

I’ve heard too many people say that “anything is possible.” I believe a lot of things are possible, but sometimes you’ve just got to end it there. As much as I want to be, I will never be a writer or the artist I dream of being. More than anything I wish I was an actor of any description, but reality tells me it just won’t happen. Here in Australia it’s called a “pipe dream.”

Don’t give up and don’t take second best, but most importantly don’t spend your entire life dreaming of a better place and spend more time being where you are. Some things in life are just as worthy of our gratitude as money, (wo)men and sports cars.

Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.

No truer words have ever been spoken. Achieve what you can, but sometimes you just have to be happy with what you have and accept that maybe that is just your lot in life. There is no shame in being ordinary and there is certainly no shame in not being famous. Not everyone can be movie stars, not everyone can be famous. Just be happy with who you are.