What is L.I.F.E.G.O.A.L.S.?

One idea that I disagree with more than anything in this world it is this:

If I want to be successful, do one thing and do it well.

Fuck that idea.

I am large. I contain multitudes. Ya boy Walt Whitman delivered those sexy syllables in his poem “Song of Myself”. If you are reading this you can expect just that (including plenty of contradictions) from me.

L.I.F.E.G.O.A.L.S is the place where I will sing extensively of my experiences and adventures. I am going to share my story and my thoughts about the things I have moderate to significant interest in. Generally that will break down into the four parts of the mantra that guides my actions.

Look Good.
Play Hard.
Write Well.
Love More.

One more time for effect (and potential SEO benefits)

Look Good.
Play Hard.
Write Well.
Love More.

The problem was, I spent lots of time and energy segmenting all the different parts of me and it has become tiresome and purposeless. I can’t (and don’t want to) manage a ton of blogs and have to make decisions about where to post what based on how closely it falls into a particular category. My brain hates that process more than it hates manual data entry or watching Adventure Time sober. I can’t do it any more.

Painfully, this isn’t my first time coming to this conclusion. The first attempt was a blog called Mission Overhaul. The internet convinced me it wasn’t going to work out so, like an idiot, I abandoned it. I’m going with my gut again and it feels so much better this time. At this point I feel like a writer (among other things). I couldn’t say that about myself 5 or 6 years ago. So the new version will look something like this:

Look Good.

I don’t care about vanity for the sake of vanity. I sincerely believe that how we feel we look can have a profound impact on how we think and speak and act. I’ll need someone smarter than me to do that research and let me know if my hypothesis is correct. In the meantime, I’m going to be talking about what that might mean for you and what you can do about it.

Play Hard.

We all need to play. Play like we have no worries, cares, and responsibilities. Obviously, this is not going to take over your entire life. I’m saying, once a week or maybe for an hour a day we need this, getting to that childlike place. I can get there with dancing, board games, acting, improv, and occasionally with music. I’ll share some of that with you and you can decide how you might get there yourself.

Write Well.

Lately, I haven’t been writing much. This is me getting past that, literally, at this moment. The number of things I’m wanting to write is steadily increasing and my time left on the planet is not. There’s a lovely sci-fi novel that really wants to be finished, a poetry book that a good friend of mine is going to illustrate, an Evernote notebook filled with unfinished songs, and a boatload of Medium post drafts. No pressure. I’ll get it all out there, bird by bird.

Love More.

I can’t understand how humans manage to hate on such epic levels. I can’t. I want things to get better in this country in my state and in my neighborhood. I’m gonna try the loving route. I honestly don’t have the energy for anything else. On top of all the societal concerns, we still have a life filled with other people who we have significant or insignificant relationships with. At times, that’s just as hard as everything that’s going on in the world around us. I’ll do my best to find the words to describe all the musings, feelings, and emotions I have connected to those around me and the world at large.

…and if you’re wondering what the hell L.I.F.E.G.O.A.L.S stands for, I can tell you as a gift for reading this entire piece.

It stands for:

Legitimate insight, fortune, and error giving Omari Akil’s life significance.

Hope you come back for more!


I am Omari Akil — writer, dancer, actor, songwriter, board game designer, image/style consultant, social justice advocate, relationship enthusiast. Yea. I’m complicated. I do so many things and I’m proud of that. You can read all about it on Medium or you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter (please don’t follow me on Twitter, I’m terrible at Twitter).

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