When I was trying to come up with a name for the blog, I was trying to find a short phrase that summed up my favorite things. I was thinking about what I look for when I am online, surfing, reading, etc., and the thought came to my mind that I enjoy seeing ambitious ideas the most. Maybe its a little jealousy, and maybe it’s a little of a life goal. Whatever the combination, I want live big and try tons of things, and leave no regrets behind. I hope to share my love of pie in the sky ideas.
These are some of my adventures. I hope to have more every year.
When I was 15 & 16 I went on two Outward Bound trips in the summers. This was my first venture to do something on my own. And the first BIG challenge of my life. For those who don’t know about Outward Bound, let me try to sum it up in two ways. My idealized and imagined definition, and the real definition. My idealized and imagined version was me expertly hiking, scaling rocks, cinematically looking over vistas, making camps in minutes, slashing trees and path finding, finding new things, and maybe even carving a stick into a badass wolf or something! All in an ever reaching quest for wilderness exploration! Ummm. Yea. Thats not what happened. I think I watched too much Dances With Wolves and TV specials about Lewis & Clark. But they made it look so easy! The real definition was slow hiking, plentiful whining, arguing, stopping every five minutes, constant gender strength comparison, with 50 lbs of mostly unnecessary gear all of which was crammed into 15 yr old packs that smelled like eu de sherpa. Also, everything was done by the group and had to get permission from the group, sooo, no way could I pull my “mr.wildman” routine, with out getting punished with dish cleaning or putting up the peter bag (good idea, just a pain with like 16 others).
I like to classify the trip as wilderness expeditioning, but that is my idealist coming out again. It was fun, exciting, and pushed me to my limits for sure, but it was also unnecessarily tedious, drama riddled, and mostly thrust upon teens who didn’t actually want to be there any way. I would have loved it even more if it was a smaller, more enthusiastic group, and if it allowed for individual exploration trips!
I love the idea of giving something a second life, a second wind. Using something’s past to add new character is great. Not only is it an awesome way to recycle and preserve history, it gives you an amazing story to tell and an amazing place to tell your stories. This type of building adds uniqueness to our neighborhoods. Not just another cookie cutter house. Think how your life would change if you lived in an decommissioned missile silo, or an old Coke bottling plant turned into a loft, a giant clock tower converted into a massive penthouse suite! Wouldn’t it add more color to your life? Your house would exude a certain personality that would easily rub off on you. That would then in turn change your choices, habits, hobbies, even your outlook on life! Now, I am usually on the side of the environment more, when people bring up the nature/nurture debate. But I strongly feel that the sense of pride and soul of the building should be a major factor when choosing a place to live. If we buy something like everybody else, we might just become everybody else, and bland our selves out of existence. If we surround ourselves with something that lifts our spirits, and actually adds to our personality, rather than diluting it, we have a better chance of becoming more than we can imagine.
I like working on creative projects, but at times they can be so consuming and solitary, that you can lose touch with others or the outside world. Often engrossed in the project, that you loose perspective. Sometimes, I feel like I shouldn't tell or show other what I do, for fear of ridicule, criticism, or even the opposite, jealousy or anger. I find this can happen to me, and others too. It is a crippling feeling for an artist/creator. All we want to do is make something awesome, and many times, we are so far invested in it, that we can see its brilliance, so we shelve it, or put it on the back burner to linger or rot away. So, because of this, some artists/creators, toil in secret, and narrowly choose a small select group or sometimes no one at all to show their work to. This happens too often. So, I decided to try and change this. Little by little. After starting a new project, I came clean and shared it with my family and circle. I started sharing more and more, and found quite the opposite to be true. Sharing my work has been a validation of me and my talent. Of my ideas. A validation that my effort was not wasted, was not useless, trivial, or any of the like. It was only until people saw my work, and I started to get some positive responses, that I felt, I had made something true. It was through sharing my work, that I felt I could actually give my self a label of artist/creator/designer/producer, etc. what have you. Do you agree? Or should an artist only keep to a select group and stay insulated ?
You take your time. Carefully craft, pick and choose the right words, themes, elements. Reread. Edit. Polish. Then, finally! You show your creation to the world. After a while, you start to get some traffic, some buzz. People liking, posting, reviewing, etc. And then you get some comments. Some good, some bad, some really bizarre, others just WTF!?!
Do you than find your self asking some of these questions. What if I get more negative comments than positive? What if I only get one review?? I keep trying but it seems no one is appreciating my work?
This is like a Chinese finger trap for your brain, and ego too. STOP. And redirect your self with this simple sentence.
ANY feedback is a compliment.
Really? How can that be true? Even the user who said my creation "sucked donkey balls"?
So, picture this. Two different types of offices. Office A has rows of individual desks with personal and private space, lots of items, and partitions or cubicle like setups. Office B is a singular large table with multiple chairs, people of all working levels, all sharing the same materials, and not much private space at all. Which office would you say would be more efficient? More productive? Which would have higher work satisfaction?
This is what I would wager, and I would love for you to tell me your side too.
Why? I can give your three reasons.
There is a great movie detailing the effects of teaching parkour to people who live in war torn and impoverished nations, such as Palestine. It seems it's almost a physical metaphor for conquering obstacles and going beyond your means and political situation by using your muscles. Quite interesting.
It is generally in agreement that you can't predict or force change or opportunity, you just have to wait. Progress comes to those who wait. Or so they say. I would argue that there is an easier and faster way to spur progress and change. To create non-issues.
A non-issue is something that doesn't get in the way, something that almost everyone has, so it's not a burden or difficulty. I would say a big non-issue today, as opposed to previous times, is communication. Almost everyone has a phone, an email, even maybe social media accounts or websites. Being able to communicate is easy and doesn't bar or hamper anyone's endeavors. However, in comparison to say in 1950, when all you had were home phones or pay phones which weren't wireless and not exactly efficient, letters were slow, long distance calls were outrageously expensive and thus prohibitive, so, many people just kept in contact with people in their relative area. Look at now, now that communication is a non-issue. People can talk to anyone, anywhere, sometimes even for free. Send messages, pictures, videos, whatever your hearts desire. Businesses can grow easier, and tons of new jobs are created or better facilitated because of this. Why? Because they removed this as a barrier to action and made it something that anyone can access. This is an easy way to spur innovation and progress.
Here is another example. There are many nations now that have universal healthcare. The cost burden of healthcare and related services are very high in some places, and create a lock out to change. For example. If you have healthcare through your job, that is a great benefit, a needed security blanket. But, if you don't like that job, but want to pursue something else, there is an inherent risk of you losing that vital benefit. That's a big lock out. What if your company says it's too expensive, so, we are dropping the coverage. That's another big lock out. Now, flip the coin a bit. Say you are covered under universal health insurance no matter what you do. Now, this isn't a burden or barrier to you. You can freely move or act without this factoring into you decision. This can create more opportunities for you, business can grow faster or even more can start because this is now a non-issue.
This theory can be applied to life, society, anywhere. Rendering something a non-issue is fast way to grow because it allows for more freedom to act.
What are some non-issues you have encountered? Maybe there are some things that you wish would become non-issues?
Share a foxhole, survive on a deserted island, traveling through a war zone, being swept out to see. These are all perfect ways to build a friendship, right? Wrong? Maybe only for some people?
Lets explore this.
Shared experiences can create an intensely strong bond between people. That bond can become more hardened when you involve life threatening or extreme situations. Many people have said that they can rely on a person who has been through a difficult or trying time with them. The bond created is undeniable.
However, how do these relationships stack up with those made in peaceful times? Is there even anything that can correlate?
Most of my of my friends are from school or work. I don't always get together with them or hang out as often as I'd like. But there is something that makes some relationships stronger than others. After talking with a friend, he offered me to stay at his house if ever I needed to. If ever I did, it would definitely strengthen our friendship. This may seem obvious, but was surprising to me was the actual offer. Putting your self out there is not an easy task and dedicating your time or resources to someone else shows commitment and trust. Another friend has offered to help me in promoting a project of mine, and another to help edit a story, or another to come and visit and help out.