Live Willingly

Ricardo Guaderrama Caraveo
4 min readJun 3, 2022

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6

I woke up yesterday to write in my journal (the second thing I do in the morning after drinking a big glass of water) and wrote these two things on a page like a 100 times, just like when you were grounded on high school. I felt the neccessity to memorize them:

  • Willingly forward
  • Choose me

I just realized the original quote from the bible says “send me”, instead of “choose me”, either way works. I first saw this quote in the movie Fury. The scene does make you shed a tear. It perfectly depicts Winston Churchill’s quote, when going through hell, keep going.

Send me.

Each and every one of us can live life in two ways, willingly or unwillingly.

But the fact of the matter is that you are already here, you were already born into this world, and, like it or not, you have to get up each and every day to live your life.

The good thing here, and profoundly important as well, is that you are free to choose how are you going to do it.

Being a guide in the Mexican mountains is tough as hell.

Sometimes I find myself in the tent, at 11:30 PM at the night, knowing that I need to get ready to push for the summit in half an hour, without having slept one bit the entire night. My head begins to play tricks on me, making me wonder what the hell am I doing there, and questioning my whole existence. Cortisol levels spiking because of the lack os sleep.

The antidote? Live willingly. Don’t try to run away by bitching constantly in your head about the situation. As David Goggins says: Embrace the suck.

Almost everyone lives in a continuous avoidance of life. It’s nice to say yes to life when it is rosy and nice, but we have to say yes to each and every moment.

Life will give you many tasks that you will not particularly like, but that regardless need to be done in order for you to advance into the better things that you’d rather be doing.

No one starts up being a millionaire, you have to work your ass off to get there. You will have to do a lot of things that you’d…

Ricardo Guaderrama Caraveo

Mountaineer, writer, Stoic, Gryffindor.