Relax

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Relax

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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).

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.
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.


2 Comments

Derek

June 9, 2014 at 8:45 pm

I definitely can relate on the anti-consumer front – I would rather by a $10 book on mathematics, pen and paper and have entertainment for a year or so, then blow thousands on possessions that are more material-oriented.

I constantly find myself trying to accomplish too much. I am always afraid that I am missing out on opportunities to learn new skills – if I don’t grab the knowledge now, then what happens if I need it – say in the event where I need to find another job?

    Josh

    June 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I know the feeling of wanting to develop as many skills and to learn as much as possible, trust me. That led me to spreading myself too thin. It’s important to not volunteer for every project and every opportunity for additional work.

    On the anti-consumerist front, I’ve long shunned the idea of purchasing entertainment. I don’t have the newest gaming system, a big-screen HDTV, any of the new apple products, or a pricey smartphone. I’ve also reduced my book purchases to near-zero. If I can’t get borrow the book, check it out from the library, or get it for free for my kindle, I probably won’t read it. I do make exceptions to that rule for occasional books though.

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