Drink Deep

" Want [you] to drink deeply from life and not go on autopilot" 
-Liam O'Brien

I think all of us have fallen into autopilot at some point, maybe multiple times every day.

Wake up..
Clean your body..
Put on clothes..

There are months in my life that I simply do not remember because I did the same thing, every day, and had little motivation to change; maybe it was depression, but it was something else. All I know is those months are gone, I don’t know where they went, but I’m not willing to lose any more time.

Once I came to this realization, I began systematically assessing what gives value to my life and what does not.

I love to be outside- I make a point to go hiking and camping and bathing in the sun as often as I feel the urge.
I love to travel- I learned how to make use of hostels, be comfortable traveling cheap, minimize what I carry
I love food- I experience new foods and flavors as often as opportunity presents and go out of my way to bring it into my life
I care for the planet- I minimize my impact, stop impulse buying, reduce electrical consumption, avoid single use plastics

These simple things I’ve done which have been so easy to manage and keep track of have made a massive impact on my life, so much that it leaves me craving more. I need plans, I need data. Welcome bullet journaling.

After hearing about this concept, I found it very appealing. Between helping me determine what foods and actions agree or disagree with me and keeping track and memories of my time, I’ve been sold. While I find “new year resolutions” entirely pointless and arbitrary, I wanted to start on a fresh month (in order to have the journal feel more complete and avoid empty spaces), and well.. next month is January so I guess.. call it a new years resolution if you want.

Anyways, I’m very new to this. I’m excited to see how it goes, and I’m excited to write about the impact it has.

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