555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 98

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 98.
 
Time Awake: 7:00 a.m.
 
Not every step on this journey will be easy. Not every step on this journey will be comfortable.
 
Sometimes I will slip and fall back to less than best.
 
Sometimes that happens and I notice. Sometimes others notice as well.
 
That’s okay. With this knowledge, I seek out the appropriate resources and put myself back on the proper path with full utilized focus and attention.
 
Thank you for noticing and saying something.
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555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 97

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 97.
 
Time Awake: Various times between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
 
Rain, rain go away. Come again some other day. Maybe.
 
The rain does sap my energy, but I maintain my focus. My focus on this day. Focus on days ahead. And focus on maintaining and improving myself.
 
One part of my improvement has been the shedding of things: books, clothes, other things that no longer serve me. I thought I had already done a pretty good job of removing items that I don’t need.
 
Recently, it came to my attention during some self-reflection that I haven’t done enough. The items I still have contain a deeper influence than I’d realized. Items from the past contain a subconscious reminder of mindsets, actions and ways of being that are outdated.
 
So clothes that I’ve had for 15 years because they’re resilient and don’t have holes may be holding on to parts of myself that are outdated. A mattress that I’ve used for 11 years. Books or collectibles that seemed nice to hold onto. They are all subconsciously reinforcing parts of myself that no longer apply.
 
The shedding process continues. This time, more mindfully about how the items mesh with my modern version of self.
 
Constantly growing and improving.

 

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555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 96

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 96.
 
Time Awake: Up and down from 8 until 10. Lazyman Morning.
 
(Despite what I say in the video, the sight gag is indeed lost. The camera is on zoom! What!)
 
Today I am soaking in the sun, doing some home-based sunbathing. I’m enjoying my Time, enjoying being alive.
 
Yesterday, Chris Cornell died and this was another reminder to me of how fleeting this Life is. It reinforces my choices to soak it all in and Be.
 
Yes, I’m impetuous sometimes. I jump right in to whatever I am experiencing, immersing myself fully. I plan, but not every single step along the path. (Although, like Batman, I do consider multitudes of possible eventualities.)
 
Impetuous, but not careless. Soaking it all in.
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555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 95

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 95.
 
Time Awake: 7:57 a.m.
 
I’m continuing with yesterday’s momentum in getting the things done that are important, and getting them done now when they need to be.
 
I’m staying smart, staying focused. Part of keeping that mindset is the support and helpful words from people in my Life. My Mom. My Brother. My Sister. My Tribe. Other people who matter dearly.
 
Unrelated, I was told today that I am awesome. My go-to was to utilize outdated mindsets of giving polite answer: “thank you.” I was thankful for the words, but standard politeness does not fit properly with every person.
 
So I’m awesome? I know. (Smile with me.)
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555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 94

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 94.
 
Time Awake: 7:57 a.m.
 
The past two days have been incredibly difficult, pertaining to that topic that it is still not prudent to speak about. One thing I know: it is easy to go through good, happy, Flow-y days. But it is the true measure of a person how they handle the ugly, difficult days.
 
So for two days, I did what needed to be done, even though it wasn’t enjoyable. Didn’t matter. I accomplished all that was necessary. I am proud of myself for this.
 
While I was waiting to pick up forms on one of the days, I was sitting, staying calm, soaking in my surroundings. Suddenly: I was outside of myself, looking at myself. It was odd, but I went with it.
 
In being outside of myself, I looked at Me, all of my traits, nuances, habits. I evaluated everything, noting what suited me and what was outdated or just there.
 
Little shit like having the same phone long beyond its shelf life or always having the same phone number.
 
And much bigger and deeper things. Habits, patterns, mindsets.
 
“Why?” was presented to each.
 
For much, the answer was “comfort,” “sameness” or “It’s how I’ve always done it.”
 
The last one especially is such a bullshit answer. “Always” doing something in a way doesn’t mean it has any practical application to Life as it is being Lived.
 
My foundation still exists and always will. My kindness. Empathy. The love I have for the people who matter most. These qualities will always be there.
 
But others…they just have to go. I’ve tasted better ways. Indulged in nicer food. Experienced quality people. Danced with thoughts and their application that exceeded my expectations.
 
This is a part of my growth. I’m going into it head on.

 

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555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 93

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 93.
 
Time Awake: Alarm sounded at 5 a.m., out of bed at 6 a.m.
 
I am up far earlier than usual. What’s going on here?
 
First: it’s a challenge I made with myself.
 
Second: I have something to do. And when you have something to do, you will always know how important it actually is but seeing your actions.
 
If it’s important, you will do the thing. Simple.
 
If it’s not important, you will meander, make excuses and somehow it either doesn’t get done or is a partial version.
 
Extenuating circumstances can be taken into consideration, of course.
 
But the general rule is, we’ll do the thing if we actually deem it to be important.
 
I’m up. Today is important.

 

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555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 92

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 92.
 
Time Awake: 8:04 a.m.
 
Follow the signs.
 
I have spoken about this topic and written about it as well. The Universe provides signs for us and if we are aware enough to catch them, these signs serve as guideposts and confirmations throughout our Journey.
 
I have been aware of the signs since I wrote my “365 Days of Gratitude” project a few years ago. During that project, I wrote daily about my day and found something in each day to be grateful for. The gratitude helped me become more open to the good things that this Life has for me.
 
Everyone’s signs are different. Mine often come in the form of the number 27: a date, a quantity. Or, in the form of 927, which is my birthday, but shows up as 9:27 in the morning or evening, or as $9.27.
 
When I notice this, I’ll smile or say “Ahh” and be thankful for the sign. Sometimes I don’t catch that one of those number variations are involved in something and it will be pointed out to me. Suddenly, consternation or apprehension fades and I am able to move forward with ease.
 
Pay attention for your signs. The Universe provides.
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