A Note From Nick | Feb. 4th
I’m currently in Milan, Italy. On our bus, wrapped up in a blanket and struggling to get a solid nights sleep after being on tour for a few days. Typically, my sleep schedule is reset after a day or two and I’m good to go. But, for whatever reason, this run is disproving that. I can’t complain though! The first two shows in Austria & Switzerland were bangers and we’re having a ton of fun already.
So, you may be wondering what this post is all about. Well, I want to write more. And specifically, I want to do that right here on our blog. I’m not too sure what these specific posts will be called yet — “Monday Motivation”, “Nick’s Weekly Recap”, “What’s Going On In Nick’s Brain?” Whatever it may be, I just want to jot it down and put it out into the world. Because, why not?
The past week was a hectic one. Jenna & I were getting our new place all situated (which there’s a post about) and I completely procrastinated on packing for tour. Got that done in the 11th hour before I left. Had a lengthy flight from Los Angeles to Paris, and then Paris to Vienna. Barely slept a wink. My whole life, I’ve been able to sleep on planes — typically passing out before the plane even takes off. But for the past year or two, it’s become increasingly more difficult for me to fall asleep on flights. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.
In any event, I’m excited to be back on tour with my boys. Love seeing everybody in Good Charlotte, as well. Generation Rx tour is a continuation from the US run, so it’s all very familiar and very comfortable. Family atmosphere. Just good vibes all around. Eager for the rest of these shows, but focusing on one day at a time.
Something I’ve been learning & implementing into my life. Being present. In the Now. I recently finished a book that Jenna got me over the holidays called, “The Power of Now”, by Eckhart Tolle. It was a mind opening, brilliant book. Over the past year, I’ve been reading a lot of spiritual, self empowering, meditative-related books — something I wasn’t necessarily keen on reading before. I was never opposed to them, but never thought I needed them, I guess. I’ve come to learn that in this life, you can never learn enough, especially about yourself. Specifically with this book, it really made me realize how precious every moment of our life is. No matter what you’re doing in that moment, it’s important. And that’s all that is important. Not the past, not the future, but right now. Why? It’s the only thing that we have control of.
We can’t change our pasts, and we can’t change the future because it hasn’t happened yet.
But the decisions that we make right now will help dictate that future. So, when I’m making positive, healthy choices, more often times than not, the future outcome of those choices will also be positive.
The book digs immensely deeper and it’s a recommended read from my end. You have to be honest with yourself when you read it. You have to be open. You’ll learn a lot about yourself in the process.
On top of finishing that book 2 days ago, I started Harry Potter And The Cursed Child yesterday and finished it today. I can’t remember the last time I read in book in less than 24 hours. I got this book for Jenna awhile back and decided it was time to give it a shot. Clearly, I enjoyed it. And fun fact: it’s the first Harry Potter book I’ve ever read. Now it makes me want to read the others.
I received a Marie Kondo book from my dear friend, Anna. Maybe I’ll be reading that next. I would love any book recommendations from you guys out there. Leave them in the comments below!
Signing off for now. I’ve got to sound check and eat some dinner before our show tonight. I might need a double espresso to jumpstart my engine, as well.
Let me know what you think of the post and maybe I’ll answer some questions in the next post or base a whole post around a certain topic you’d like me to touch on a bit. So, hit me with it.