Yeah, that’s right, the last shower I took was on April 20th, 2013, exactly 6 months ago. Why have I done something crazy like this? Well, the answer is simple: to conserve water. At first I thought it would be quite the challenge, but I learned quickly that I do not need water to pour out from a shower-head above me in order to stay clean. Water is naturally available all over and it cleans me just as well from a trickling creek, a rushing river, a placid lake, a pounding ocean wave, or dripping from the sky.
I just parted ways with my last business shirt and slacks. I’ve been holding on to one outfit for times when I may need to impress a potential client, colleague, or investor. No longer will I conform in this manner to a way of life that I don’t see fit for myself. No longer will I support a way of being that I don’t see as necessary.
I realize that I probably mean nothing in the grand scheme of things. The human species is just a speck of dust on the earth’s timeline. What’s more, the earth is just a speck of dust in what we can see of an infinite space and time. Each one of our existences is just as minuscule as a drop of water in the ocean.
(9/7/2013) I’m really excited that my BAMBOO BIKE WAS STOLEN! Let’s use community action to take this problem and turn it into something Good!
If the bike is returned to me, I will bike it across the United States doing good for others and inspiring others to Do Good too!
Please share this photo to help the bike get returned to me and to help start a Do Good revolution!
Keep your eyes open, San Diego!
Life is hard.
It’s hard for the wealthy and the poor.
It’s hard for the young and the old.
It’s hard for the country folk and the urban dwellers.
It’s hard for the healthy and the terminally ill.
It’s hard for the simple livers and the livers of complex lives.
Life is hard for all of us.
We live in an interesting time, an exciting time. We live in an era where we just may witness the survival or the extinction of the human race. We are destroying the natural world much faster than it can heal itself. We are aware of our destruction, but most humans are just too lazy to do what needs to be done. Most of us are too lazy to think past our own little lives. Billions of humans deny or completely avoid the fact that they are destroying the environment. Maybe that’s a way of self protection, a way to feel okay about their lives. Maybe it’s feeling helpless and hopeless, like their actions don’t count.
Nobody is perfect. In fact, perfection would likely be an imperfection in most people’s mind. So next time you have a desire to try something but are scared, just do it! You won’t be perfect. You probably won’t even be good, but you’ll get good if you accept that you are not and work at it. Or maybe you’ll just try it once, gain some experience, and have fun. Realize that it’s ok to be imperfect and you will free up your mind and spirit.
To succeed you must fail. And to achieve great success you will probably have many failures to get there. No matter what you are doing, from rock climbing, to writing, to photography, to building a business. The best rock climbers have fallen off the most rocks. The best photographers have taken the most crappy photos.
07/11 (Day 83)
As I stood outside in the dark peeing on a bush I tried to remember what happened today but I just couldn’t. It took me a lot of pondering to remember if I went outside much or if I went anywhere at all. I couldn’t remember if yesterday was today or where I woke up this morning. I slowly pieced it together and realized I didn’t leave the house for more than a few minutes at a time. When I woke up I turned on the computer while still on the couch and the morning continued in that fashion. I spent nearly the entire day writing, emailing, and facebooking. I did go outside to pee on the same bush a half dozen times and each time I stretched out my body a bit. I also walked a few blocks to fill up my water jugs at the leaky fire hydrant. I was plenty hydrated but I didn’t eat much at all leaving myself somewhat delirious. I wouldn’t call it a lazy day because of the amount I accomplished and the fact that I barely took a second to be unproductive. It’s a very different kind of productivity from the last 82 days though. Many times I intended to put my computer away but each time I found myself still on it hours later.
Here are some insights into my mind on Day 83 of living a minimal impact lifestyle…
Read this if you want to…
Be inspired to live a fuller life.
Realize that maybe a lot more can be done in 24 hours than you think.
See life from a different perspective, even if just for a moment.
Live simply and live free.
You may not look at life the same after reading this. You may decide to lead a simpler lifestyle. You may put less of a priority on money. You may realize that humans are not the only important creatures that walk the planet. You may begin the transition into living freely. You might start living the life you want to. But beware; there may not be any going back to the easy conveniences you take comfort in now.