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Say Yes Challenge

In my last post I discussed the power of words. Now I want to talk about the power of just one word: yes.

The saying is true: when you get older, the years rush past you at a greater pace. The sunbathed days of your childhood that stretched on forever are no more and you find yourself curling up in bed at the end of a 5 minute day. There's no magic spell to slow down the rush of life, but you can choose to do more with your time. It's so easy to snuggle up on the couch and while away an entire Saturday watching Breaking Bad, but at the end of that day I always feel empty and wasteful. As if I have been presented with a magnificent banquet, but only ate a few bites before throwing the rest of the succulent food away. What a waste.

I feel as though I'm just letting time slip through my fingers instead of grabbing hold of it like a set of reins and driving myself through the ride of a lifetime. So I asked myself quite recently why I wasn't doing more with my life, what I wanted to be doing, and how I would accomplish doing those things. To my surprise I realized that a lot of activities I wanted to do were simple things like going outside more, swimming at least once a week, going to a concert, going to a party, going to a museum. Very simple, very achievable things! So why wasn't I getting off my lazy butt to do them? Because I wasn't used to saying yes!

My friends text me all the time to hang out or go out, but I usually found an excuse to blow them off. Not in a malicious way, but I always reasoned that I should spend more time with my boyfriend or that I didn't want to waste gas. Now, I'm much more cognizant of when I say no to opportunities and I'm trying my utmost to change my answer to yes. I'm not advising you to say yes to everything, but find less reasons to say no. Make more of an effort to take advantage of the opportunities given to you and you may be pleasantly surprised.

I do not advocate saying yes to drugs; I do not advocate saying yes to hanging out with people you know are bad influences; I do not advocate doing anything illegal. In short, don't be stupid. Just recognize that life is precious, but limited. No one wants to reach the end and regret the beginning. The more you say yes, the more you will discover different interests, cultures, talents, etc. Maybe you'll even discover yourself.

Cowboy Science


I've been thinking about this for a while. I fancy myself a scientist, which means I use the Scientific Method to figure things out. So I make a hypothesis, and try like crazy to falsify it, and at the end maybe there's some interesting not-yet-falsified ideas.

I train myself in all sorts of science, I keep real genuine article scientists as friends and compatriots. But y'know, I probably wouldn't be called a Scientist by the vast majority of people in this day and age.

So I started thinking. What is someone who does science who doesn't have impressive scientific credentials? And I came to - a Cowboy Scientist.

Cowboy Science is trying to figure out how things for practical reasons or for curiosity, not for academic or institutional prestige.

A rancher who tries to figure out what the best mix of water and grazing and movement for his cattle by takes notes, making a guess at what'll work, and testing that guess - he's doing science. But no one would call him a Scientist with a capital S.

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