555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 85.

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 85.
 
(No really, it’s Day 85. Despite what I say in the video.)
 
Time Awake: 9:31 a.m.
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I am celebrating this beautiful day: temperatures somewhere in the 75 to 80 degree range, sunlight, stunning flowers.
 
And briefly, while it is still not prudent to talk about that one particular struggle that I am going through, I can talk about the process.
 
Stay focused on the goal. Understand that there will be challenges. Know that the voice of doubt in your head is sometimes louder, especially when real progress is occurring.
 
Stay the course. With the appropriate effort, results are achieved.
 
I am doing so.
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555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 84

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 84.
 
Time Awake: 8:02 a.m.
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I watched an interview that Larry King conducted with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. In the interview, King asks Tyson if he would want to live forever. King emphatically states that he himself would want eternal Life. Tyson laughs, but then states for himself that would not. And then Tyson explains all of the reason he appreciates the limited nature of his earthly existence.
 
I then posed the same question to myself. Would I want to live forever?
 
Ego Mike chimed in immediately. “Of course I would! I want to see all the people and do all the things! And I want to go to all the places!”
 
Then I slapped down Ego Mike and allowed myself to give a real answer. The answer is of course not. No, I do not want to live forever.
 
If I live forever, then I have all the time in the world. If I have all the time in the world, I won’t actually dedicate my time to doing anything that I want to do.
 
Yes, I want to meet all the people and watch my niece and nephew grow up to be super old people. But that’s not necessarily how Life works.
 
People often tell me that I am a passionate person. I am passionate because I am very much aware of the finite nature of Life. So yeah, I’m going to be passionate. I’m passionate about all the things I do, all the ways I spend my time. I’m passionate about the people I interact with, this project that I’m doing right now, the things that I write, the food that I eat (moreso now than any time before).
 
This is the beauty of the finite Life. Put yourself fully into all the things you do. If you’re going to Love, Love hard. If you’re going to laugh, laugh like a lunatic and have an amazing time. If you’re going to run, run to your heart’s content. If you’re going to sit in the sun all day, do so — but with sunscreen applied. Seriously.
 
Whatever it is you’re doing, whatever your passion is, whatever it is that you just want to do with your Life, it’s that much sweeter because you only have so long. There is no guarantee that you’re waking up tomorrow.
 
Enjoy this Life. And LIVE.
 
I’m doing my best.
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555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 83

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 83.
 
Time Awake: 9:30ish
 
“Is this a mountain I am willing to die on?”
 
Despite butchering the phrase constantly, it is something worth considering for every venture in one’s Life.
 
I was speaking with a friend earlier and one of the topics was money. Despite recognizing its necessity as a tool, I still have a deep hatred for it. And I fight certain battles to not have it taken away or misappropriated out of my control.
 
Yet, it is not the most important resource. I can always make more money. The most important of all resources is TIME.
 
Time is the one resource that never returns, never replenishes.
 
Which leads to the above phrase: “Is this a mountain I am willing to die on?”
 
I spend an awful lot of time fighting certain battles. Much time and waiting and wasting goes into those battles. Is my Time worth how I am expending it?
 
If the answer is yes, then I am figuratively willing to die on the mountain, essentially saying that the passion or expenditure is worth all sacrifice and Time.
 
If the answer is no… then appropriate steps need to be taken to change the circumstance. If no immediate actions can be taken, then at least movements that will lead to future change must be embarked upon.
 
Our Life is finite. I often forget this, especially when I get wrapped up in bullshit. Then I remember: we’re only here for so long. Fight when necessary. Love when necessary. Dance when necessary. Climb those mountains you are willing to die on.
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555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 82

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 82.
 
Time Awake: 8:40 a.m.
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Some days are more difficult than others. Today is one such day.
 
I’m tired. I know I look it. In fact, I’m exhausted. Barely slept last night for a variety of reasons. It’s rainy out today, which affects my mood. I’m poor company for anyone.
 
It’s days like today where my Mom would especially recommend to “Be kind to yourself.” I’m working on it.
 
I got out the door, took care of some errands. I’m going to immerse myself in my Hungryman breakfast. Work comes a little later, and I may stay late because the additional money is needed.
 
I’m taking everything slowly. Task by task.
 
There are always tricks to get ones self through difficult days or times.
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555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 81

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 81.
 
Time Awake: Uncertain. Between 7:45 a.m. and 8 a.m.
 
It’s important to have quality people in our Lives, who enrich the experience of this existence. I have such people. We sync. There’s passion. We laugh. We have verbal and non-verbal communication. Together we’re “on fire.”
 
I cherish them.
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555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 80

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 80.
 
Time Awake: 8:03 a.m.
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I walked in the misty rain this morning. I didn’t melt! More importantly, I was walking.
 
The pain in my feet is gone. The swelling is minimized. The walking motion is normal once again. This is all because I took advice my Mom regularly gives to heart: “Be kind to yourself.”
 
So yesterday, I was kind to myself. I went from periods of sitting to doing standing exercises, indulging in neither for too long. I spent time with the right people who elevate me and with whom I can share contentment. I ate food that was not only great for the stomach, but the soul.
 
In giving myself extra care, my walking was good by the evening. Upon waking this morning, I felt wonderful. And I confirmed that by walking.
 
“Be kind to yourself” remains a Life Truism. Thanks, Mom.
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555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 79

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 79.
 
Time Awake: 8:00 a.m.
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Am I talking about my sunburn again today? Why yes, I most assuredly am! The sunburn itself still seems so absurd to me, but the lessons I am learning from the experience are voluminous.
 
I received excellent advice today that I should take a “Lazy Sunday” to stay off my feet and recover. I immediately responded: “No! I don’t have time to take a Lazy Sunday. I have things to do.”
 
To which I was reminded that there are many productive things I can do while staying off my feet and recovering.
 
I took that to heart and have been taking an easy day. I napped today, something I very rarely do. I shot my daily video, which was filmed from the seated position. And there are other activities that can be easily done while sitting in my room or the living room.
 
Full recovery is still many days away. But I am learning that taking the time to heal is just as important as being active and getting things done. Optimal health is primary in order to do anything else.