Every Day

I’m so grateful for every day that I get to wake up and experience all of the sensations that life has to offer. Another chance to see, hear, touch, taste, smell, think, create, dream, and believe all that the universe has to offer. The gift of life. The miracle of having a vehicle with which to explore the world outside of my consciousness. A wondrous symphony of matter and vibration. What an unbelievably intricate, perfect setting in which we live. A lack of existence, and therefore experience, is quite literally unimaginable. Even “nothing” is a creation of the mind.

To indulge and to fast, to race and to rest, to sleep and to wake, to work and relax…to experience heat and cold, light and darkness, happiness and sadness, good and evil…which all appear to be contrasting elements on unique spectrums. The most beautiful part of the entirety of existence is that everything is a part of a singular and infinite spectrum. Similarities and contrasts are merely constructions of the mind. Everything is one and the same, and to think otherwise is to indulge in ignorance and folly.

Eking Out an Existence Part 4

My only wish is to help others to see through the mirage of “meaning” that has been jammed into their heads through years of exposure to shamelessly abject media propaganda. Our society is so steeped in its capitalist constructs, that most people cannot see that they are truly trapped. We are most ensnared by the walls which we are incapable of seeing.

Bodies with no souls. Our engines are fueled by time expenditures in pursuit of meaningless materialism. What a beautiful illusion. Didn’t you know that’s what life is all about? Spending your days acquiring as much “stuff” as possible. We jam one thing after another into our existential void; doing our best to fill a bottomless vacuum.

We are helplessly glued to this planet…unable to transcend the reality of physical existence and mortality. We are more beast than we are God. We are nature’s confused sons and daughters. We are unsure of our true place in the world…cursed to draw meaning from a rock that is devoid of it.

Eking Out an Existence Part 3

Miniscule. That’s what we are. I pray for a more advanced species to arrive. In order that they blow the lid off of our egotistical self-righteousness. In the hopes that they destroy our conception of universal supremacy. We are the “biggest”, and most numerous fish in a very small fish-bowl, which just happens to be floating in an infinite ocean. We are bound to be investigated at some point.

Our own limited scope of reality, due in part to a lack of competition, has created a deep-rooted complacency. If we knew we would be battling for our survival with a powerful foe in the near or even distant future, I am positive that society would be far differently oriented than it is today. Why is it that we don’t seek to expand our race to its pinnacle as quickly as possible? Because there is no sense of urgency. We are at the top of the food chain in our world, and that’s all that matters to us.

We are content with being an evolutionary anomaly amongst our animal cousins. Our large brains have allowed us to escape the natural exposure to the elements in which we should be immersed. They have given us the capabilities to survive in every possible climate, and in conditions in which we should surely cease to exist. The comforts of our modern life will eventually lead to our demise. Our overproduction, overconsumption and excessive harvest of all of mother nature’s gifts will be our downfall. There will be nothing left. And we will be incapable of surviving the planetary atmosphere which we have created through our own self-destructiveness. We will destroy the very womb from which we have sprung.

Eking Out an Existence Part 2

We chase money, accolades, prestige, power…and for what? We are fixated on the pursuit of distractions from the inevitable. This life will come to an end. It is bound to. There is no escaping that fact, and we cannot accept the reality. At least, not without a fight. The struggle is fickle, however, given that we are incapable of taking anything with us.

The nonsensical pursuits of material accoutrements all lead to the same finish line. Death. None of it matters…so why take it so seriously? Life is short. Father time pulls on our shoulders, we are exposed to the elements, and the universal rhythm of energy and vibration tug apart our genetic makeup seamlessly. We are born, create our own meaning for life, and are swallowed by the universe by which we came to be.

The race to acquire material sensations never ends. It only increases in pace as we get older. We do our best to squeeze everything we possibly can into our short stint of huffing oxygen. We zip through our lives chasing things that will only briefly relieve the inevitable existential meltdown on the horizon. How quickly we will reach our destination, nobody knows, so we dash frantically about, whilst being sucked towards our fate despite our greatest efforts to delay.

“Existential crisis”…isn’t all of life an existential crisis? Here today, and gone tomorrow so to speak.

Eking Out an Existence

How I wish the world would rinse itself. Cleanse itself by widespread destruction; natural, biological, or man-made, even if I were to be included. Reset its natural ecological state: all organisms competing for life without the influence of complex thought. All consciousness, individual and collective, will cease to exist. Cease to exist or reach a singularity with the universe…are they the same thing?

What we do in this lifetime will be forgotten. Our handful of years on this planet and all of our trivial activities will end as if they never happened. Language, society, global networking, conflicts, civil unrest, technological breakthroughs, all of human existence…none of it will remain in the long-term.

In the short-term, the twentieth and twenty-first centuries will be viewed as we view the Neolithic era; given that exponential technological growth continues, and we do not self-destruct. We have been beyond barbaric, and continue to practice rituals that are regressive, irrational, and detrimental to societal evolution. It matters not. Insignificant. All of it. All of us. We grasp at existence, and hold on with all our might, for as long as we possibly can.

 

“Thank You” Letter to My Players

DVC Lacrosse,

 

Guys, I just wanted to thank you for your hard work, dedication, and support this year. Thank you for sticking with the program through all of the up’s and down’s, and for making this a memorable season. 11-7 is a solid year considering our competition; you guys earned each and every win. It was a steep learning curve as a first-time head coach, and I really appreciate the overall attitude and coachability of the team. I’ve had so much fun with you guys, and I’ll never forget the time we’ve spent together. This has been the most enjoyable coaching experience I’ve had in my career.

That being said, I’m moving back to Maryland on December 5th, in order to prepare for the addition to my family due in April. With deep regret, in order for a smooth transition,  I will not be able to return to DVC for a second season. As much as I would like to stay, life has pulled me in a different direction, and I’m excited to begin a new chapter. I have learned so much from each and every one of you, and I hope it has been mutually beneficial.

 

I will leave you with the following advice:

 

  1. Write down your goals…all of them (personal, school, lacrosse, career etc.) and cross them off as you achieve them. Going through life without goals, is like wandering through the jungle without a compass; you’ll never end up where you want to be.

 

  1. Be a lifelong learner. Learn something new every day. Read, write, play instruments, pick up new hobbies, and never stop exploring.

 

  1. Take care of your body. Stay physically active, even when life gets busy. Run, lift, jump, play, swim, hike, and climb. The health benefits will be long-lasting.

 

  1. Surround yourself with the right people. Spend time with people who motivate you to be the best possible version of yourself. Life is too short to waste it on regressive and negative patterns.

 

  1. Stay positive, and be grateful. Every day that you’re alive, is a new opportunity to create the reality that you would like to experience. Make the right choices, be open to new experiences, and immerse yourself in your surroundings. Follow your dreams, and live the life that best suits you.

 

If you do those 5 things, you’ll at least be headed in the right direction. Life is inexplicably complex, and is a pretty insane journey; just do your best to make the most of it. Remember to have fun, and appreciate your time with family and friends. We are all living on borrowed time… don’t waste a second of it. Thank you again for a great experience, and I wish you guys the very best in all of your future endeavors. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything. Keep in touch, and good luck.

-Coach Cook