Charlie Mike

A short story from The Bipolar Gamer that’s sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. You won’t believe what happens at the end. Take five minutes out of your day and give this a read.

The Bipolar Gamer

The following is my first attempt at a short story in a creative writing format. Feel free to leave a comment about what you think as well as any helpful suggestions you may have. Hope you enjoy!

– The Bipolar Gamer


“Charlie Mike! Charlie Mike! We gotta go! Get your ass in gear!”

The words played over and over in Mason’s head for years after he got medically discharged from the Army.

Charlie Mike. Continue Mission. How could I let this happen?

He blamed himself but there was nothing he could do; he had to follow the orders from his superiors. He was luck to be alive, but he never felt so dead inside. He drank to forget.

Mason frequented TJ’s, a small town bar in Dayton, Ohio. TJ, the owner, knew Mason very well. They’d have small talk every now and then when Mason came in for some drinks.

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Taking Responsibility

Taking responsibility is accepting that you are the cause and the solution to the matter.

It’s very easy to stand up and take responsibility when something goes right, but it’s arguably the most challenging thing to do when something goes wrong. Taking responsibility for something not turning out the way it was intended requires you to load a gun, put that gun point blank to your ego, and empty the entire clip.

Today I had to swallow my pride and admit to something I’ve been neglecting to do for two years. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, but I kept putting it off because it was much easier to pretend the problem didn’t exist rather than deal with it face to face. We often find ourselves running from our problems rather than standing up to them and it’s this constant cyclical marathon that makes us stressed, depressed, and unhappy.

It’s beautifully ironic that the reason we don’t stand up and take responsibility is because we believe running from our problems will make us more joyous and peaceful. By doing this, you’ll never truly know peace on a subconscious level because the burden of your uncompleted task will always be in the back of your mind.

Here’s my challenge to you: there’s been something in your life that you’ve been pretending doesn’t exist and as a result you’ve been neglecting to do. Take responsibility for your life by putting your ego to the side and doing it. You’ll see first hand that happiness and peace aren’t a figment of your imagination that seem ten-thousand miles away. Don’t just take my word for it, do it for yourself.


Why I Write

It’s cliche, but you’re wasting time if you don’t spend your time doing what you love. The Bipolar Gamer is passionate about writing and helping others overcome their mental struggles. Give this a read and check him out if you haven’t already.

Writing has become a passion of mine over the last year or so. While I often find myself in a mood of constant writers block and depression, I know …

Why I Write

Doing What You Love

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Abraham Lincoln

My journey to self-improvement started two years ago when I went through what I consider to be my rock bottom. I realized very quickly that I had only two options:

1) Let the situation control my life.

2) Take control of the situation and change my life.

I chose the second option. Since then I’ve been on a continuous journey of self-love. If you’ve been on the same journey, chances are you’ve watched the same motivational content I have. If that’s the case, you’ve definitely been introduced to the idea that fulfillment comes from doing what you love.

What Do You Love to Do?

Ive had such a hard time coming up with an answer to this question that I’d given up hope. The answer comes from extreme amounts of “meditation.” You have to spend loads amount of time diving into your own mind and develop the awareness to recognize how you’re feeling at any given moment.

This awareness brings the change that most people on this journey not only want to see, but need to see. Being able to recognize changes to your mood, motivation, and health will be your guide on your road to finding what it is you love to do.

How Do You Know When You’re On the Right Track?

With two years of experience working on myself, I’ve finally started to realize what it is I love to do. I need a yard stick to measure the list of things I’ve done these past few years that ended poorly.

I can’t stress how important it is to remain diligent on your journey, as you’re guaranteed to run into the same wall. Most of what you try will end in abandonment. However, everything you try will leave you with a lesson. You may not understand or even recognize this lesson in the moment, but these lessons will play a vital part in your overall journey. You may even find that what you’ve tried in the past connects directly with what you love to do.

These past few weeks I’ve become obsessed with finance. Most people, and I’m guilty of it too, get obsessed with watching Breaking Bad on Netflix or Marvel movies. I believe this productive obsession is a sign I’m on the right track to doing what I love. I’m willing to sacrifice TV to read economic articles, music to listen to The Investors Podcast, and sleep to get one more hour every night of study. There was a time in my life you couldn’t have paid me enough to sacrifice sleep or music. I’m going to leave you with this:

What are you willing to sacrifice to reach your true potential?


Become A Child Again

Children are the only ones on the planet who are going to ask you what your favorite dinosaur is.

Me

Take a minute to close your eyes and think back to when you were five years old. Try to remember the world around you; what you looked like, the color of the walls in the room, the tree branch outside you pretended was a machine gun. Open your eyes.

The smile on your face feels good, right? For just an instant everything was perfect. You felt no stress, no anxiety, and no worry. This is what I call a child-like mindset.

Children don’t understand stress and worry because they’re too busy living in the moment. They question everything with an open mind and a willingness to learn that we somehow forgot growing up because we got so caught up in the “everyday stresses of life.” We lost our sense of self-worth, our imagination, our eagerness to learn and try new things, and we started caring too much about what other people thought about us. While a child is making mud pies and one-hundred-yard touchdown runs in his ten-yard backyard, we’re walking into a Gucci store about to spend a fortune on a sweatshirt we don’t like because our best friend Don told us our Walmart branded clothing wasn’t good enough.

(Related: 5 Ways Childlike Curiosity Can (and Should) Inspire the Entrepreneurial Mindset)

Where We Go Wrong

A young child’s mind is easily influenced. It’s due to this influence that they lose their creativity as they get older because they hear things like, “Be realistic” or “No one’s ever done that before so you can’t.” Rather than inspiring their creativity and showing them how they really can be a superhero when they grow up, we shut them out.

The secret to success, whatever that means to you, is found in the mindset of a child. Re-tap into your creativity and the belief that you can do anything, because you can. Elon Musk is about to send someone to another planet and may even be the world’s first trillionaire. Why can’t you start a successful business or help puppies find a home?

If you feel like you’re being judged every time you talk to someone about a new idea you have, stop talking to them about it and find new friends. Life is too short to surround yourself with people who aren’t going to inspire you to achieve your potential. If you’re reading this, reach out and share your ideas with me and the community.

Let’s become a child again.


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