La Costa Canyon High School grad, Jake Ducey, does not have a perfect past. When he was 16 years old, Jake clipped his 4-Runner on the center median on Encinitas Boulevard rolling it four times across three eastbound lanes into a nearby ravine. When Jake got of the car, he had Xanax in his pocket, …
“Do I believe in a higher power? Yeah, I believe in a higher power. Like the beautiful storm system that brings in beautiful waves, or the power behind that fish going, ‘Man, I want to bite your line today.’ Maybe things happen for a reason. Maybe, maybe. And if, right now, that’s the reason that I’m paralyzed, I think I’m answering to the God above. I think I’m doing the right thing.”
“You gotta have a little bit of a passion for whatever you’re doing. Sometimes, something might be more economically viable, but you don’t have a buzz for it. I’d say, just go for something you have a passion for and follow through. Because your energy is going to be more involved in doing whatever you have a passion for. If you have a passion for something and you really enjoy it, just keep with it. It will follow through, and you’ll have fun, and you’ll be successful at it.”
“Anything you do that’s worthwhile is going to be difficult. If its easy, its not worth doing. Its the person who is persistent, who battles it out that succeeds.”
“If you fear things, then you’re going to be afraid. If you embrace things, then you’re going to embrace them. I think it comes down to attitude. I really do.”
Or ten days after the surgery when I got onstage at ACL, and I was able to play my horn, you know? That’s pure happiness. You feel like you’re on a mountain. And that’s because the proverbial wool that was over your eyes is gone. You don’t see all the stuff that’ s in the way anymore, you just see that one thing: and say, that’s so simple, but I’m so happy to be able to do that it again.
Think about God, about a higher power. And take some of the pressure off yourself. Realize that we’re only here for a short while, and there’s a reason why we’re all here. Go with the flow sometimes. If it gets too hard to do, it’s probably because you’re not meant to do it. That doesn’t mean roll over and shy away from a challenge. But if you feel like you’re forcing something, sometimes it’s best to take a step back and reassess where you are and make some serious decisions as to if where you’re going is really where you want to go. Breathe deep, take life slow, and stay happy and stoked.
Think POSITIVE, set goals and work hard, and while you are doing all this, take time to enjoy yourself. Happiness comes from within, only YOU can make yourself happy. If you are not happy then stop, and change it up. Don’t worry so much about what other people think, “don’t judge me!” Rely on your core values and wisdom nurtured by those that love you, as you face the challenges in your life.
What is your definition of happiness? The positive feelings we experience as a result of happy thoughts, experiences, memories. Happiness can range from exuberant joy to quiet contentment. What’s something you know about happiness now that you did not know at 25 years old? That I am responsible for my happiness. In my twenties, my …