The Numbing of the Self

Hey there fellow adventurers.

This is the first time in a while that I’ve written something that hasn’t been planned out ahead of time: something written from the heart and in the very same moment that these thoughts are coming to my head. It’s been too long since I’ve sat down and had a real conversation with anyone at all, least of all myself.

As anyone who has been following this blog from the start may have noticed, my posts have been few and far between in the past few months. And I could dive into half a million of the typical excuses as to why this is, (no time, too busy, college applications, it’s winter and I’m hibernating, etc, etc.) but I won’t. Because excuses are simply ways for us to attempt to forgive ourselves for a lack of dedication put forth into the things that truly should matter most to us.

In complete honesty, I’ve been simply too lazy to get outside and find amazing new places to share with you all out there. I’ve used the idea that its too cold  out most of the time, and the twisted concept that Michigan is just a boring place, as excuses, but these perceptions have only led me to a downward spiral of complete lethargy and uselessness. And I don’t like confronting myself with the idea of being useless, but when I’m sitting at home and watching House of Cards for the third time, for 12 hours straight with the excuse that it is ‘screenwriting inspiration,’ uselessness is the only word I can use to describe my behavior. I have become numb to the concept of adventure, and quite frankly, uninspired by the world around me. And this is simply unacceptable.

Binging out on sources of visual stimulation in the form of television, movies, Youtube videos, Vines, Snapchat stories, Instagram posts, blog posts, whatever, is not an effective usage of time. This constant stimulation is too much for the brain to handle all at once, as modern technology is not something we have evolutionarily adapted to yet.

We live in an amazing time, a time in which every day there is a new technological development that further allows people to connect on a global scale. And I appreciate that, and love that. It is through this that I’ve been able to reach people across over 100 different countries with my adventures, through the simple technology of this very blog. And I love watching creative content that allows me to think in new ways, but in this day and age, the concept of ‘binge-watching’ is too normalized. For every occasion, the concept of balance is essential to the maximization of our own potentials.

As exciting as it is to be hooked up to a global community 24/7, there comes a point in which you need to focus on your own goals, what you want to achieve in this short life, what you want to experience, see, feel, hear, touch, taste. To get outside and experience everything you want to in the flesh, rather than through a screen. Take the time everyday, no matter if it’s bone chillingly cold or flesh meltingly hot. Go outside for only a minute if that’s all you can do. But make the very most out of that minute. Sit on the grass and meditate, breath in that snowy winter air, bask in the powerful rays of the sun, and just take that one minute to disconnect from your constantly buzzing phone to breathe and appreciate the infinite beauty of the world.

On that note, I will leave you with a promise. I promise to bring you new content every other day, just as I promised back in late July when this blog was originated. I promise I have a lot of ideas, and a lot of exciting planned projects to come. I promise to at least attempt to leave you inspired to go outside and live the most beautiful life you possibly can, and not to abandon my passion for writing, photographing, and exploring each day as I see it.

And if you’re reading this right now, take a minute to ponder this: for how many continual hours have you been sitting down, absorbing visual or auditory stimuli from the Internet or TV today? And if the answer just seems off, shut down the computer. Everything will still be there once you get back. And take a minute to explore your mind, your backyard, or even somewhere completely new. What you’ll find just might surprise you.

Good morning, Good afternoon, Good night, and Namaste,


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