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I talk a lot of shit, and practice what I preach – lil wayne
After spending a relaxing weekend climbing at Grand Ledge with my girlfriend and other close friends, I can’t help but develop a little freedom lust.
I’ve long professed the joys of minimalism; however, I’ve never really adhered to a full minimalist philosophy. Aside from a couple summers where I worked less than full-time hours, my entire adult life has been a non-stop cascade of school, work, and other obligations. I’ve rarely allowed myself time to slow down and enjoy the present. Minimalism is about reducing time commitments and the necessity to rush, not just simplifying material possessions. I’ve been living more like an anti-consumer than a minimalist.
Life is more enjoyable when you take time to slow down and live in the present. Barbequing and hanging out at Grand Ledge this weekend reminded me of that. Oftentimes I live in my head and focus on the future instead of just experiencing the moment.
What I really need in my life is more recovery time, and until I can redesign my life to run at a less hectic pace, I’ll be a minimalist advocating hypocrite. Someday my passive income stream will allow me to travel at my own pace, rock climb, read, philosophize, and learn new skills (spear fishing is at the top of my list).
Photo Credit: Paul Janczuk
Climbing at the ledge is filled with new challenges and new possibility. I worked on some of the lower moves of Enigma (V7) while on top rope. No shame.