The Wake-Up: Don’t Take Yourself So Seriously

the matrix

“What is… real? How do you define ‘real’? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.” – The Matrix (1999)

We are all on auto-pilot in some way, shape or form, blindly accepting the “reality” and the programming with which we’ve been indoctrinated.

If I were to offer you a red pill to fully wake up, see yourself, your thoughts, your decisions, and everyone around you in perfect clarity, would you do it?

Or would you take the blue pill to stay blissfully ignorant, asleep at the wheel, plowing through potholes oblivious that there’s another road entirely?

We all travel ’round and ’round on the same unconscious loops every day.

Work, money, relationships, and even how you organize your sock drawer – all of these are informed by the programming we’ve been receiving since birth.

Question… Everything.

Family, friends, school, religion, media, government, corporate America.

If you’ve never questioned or renegotiated the primary relationships in your life, then you’re probably asleep at the wheel in some, if not all, of them.

The most integral relationship to renegotiate is the one with yourself and your thoughts.

Welcome to The Wake-Up – a blog, a Youtube channel, and (soon) an online store.

I’ll be sharing my own “wake-ups” and hopefully inspiring a few of yours. Below is my latest:

John Kalinowski
John Kalinowski is a Redding native based in New York. He’s an NYU-Certified Life Coach, Mindfulness Expert, Columnist, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Traveler, Art-Lover, and Truth-Teller. You can connect with him on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, or visit his website at
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5 Responses

  1. Avatar Eleanor says:

    Good morning, and Happy Birthday to you!!

    Am looking forward to your further ‘Wake-Ups’!



  2. A. Jacoby A. Jacoby says:

    I LOOOOVE “Asleep at the Wheel” . . . . oh, wait . . . . you don’t mean the musical group.  I await with bated breath (I know, I need to brush my teeth.) your take on reality. One thing I know FOR SURE, it isn’t the same reality as mine. None of us have exactly the same reality. So this foray should be full of interest/frustration/doubt/anger/compensation/rationalization . . . etc., etc., etc. All those things that keep living interesting.

    Write on,

    • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

      ” I await with bated breath (I know, I need to brush my teeth.)”  My silly husband’s take on this cliche and definitely about your “brush my teeth” addition is this:  I await with tainted breath.

  3. Avatar Rod says:

    Question… Everything.  There’s a welcome column.

    I wonder if I’ll be allowed to participate?

  4. Avatar Joanne Lobeski Snyder says:

    I enjoyed your article and the great video.    I would love an article from you describing what a Life Coach is and how it differs from other counseling professions.    Thank you for the article.