No, the title for this post doesn’t mean I’ve hung up my adventurous ways in favour for a more mundane existence.
However it does highlight an important issue.
We live in a world of constant distraction, our time and our money is slowly stolen away from us and seeps back into a never ending system, hell-bent on distracting us in ever more ingenious ways.
Am I suggesting that the system (capitalism and consumerism in particular) is to blame for the apparent increase in ADHD and obesity in children? Yes and no, but this is all conjecture and decidedly off-topic.
What I want to stress and point out is that this distraction (tvs, internet, fast food culture) keeps us from experiencing life fully. I should know. As an avid gamer for most of my life, the outside world came as quite a shock when I finally pulled myself away from the screen and headed outdoors.
Do I still find myself trapped indoors on a sunny day, mindlessly wandering through the dark and mysterious corridors of the internet?
Sure I do. And I think you can relate. It’s easy to get distracted when a thousand messages are flashing before your eyes at higher speeds than your mind can comprehend. It’s easy to stand still, to stay comfortable, to give up before you’ve even started.
Many times I’ve picked up a hobby, full of enthusiasm and pump, I embrace it entirely for a short while (sometimes mere hours) before giving up. And you know what? I feel disappointed every time I do. Because I know I could keep at it, I could be good at playing guitar, or talking to women or achieving any number of my dreams and goals, yet I’ve chosen to opt out and take the easy road.
Well I’m here to suggest taking a stand. It’s time to stop this endless insanity and to do the hard work.
What is you want to achieve?
Take some time out now and write it down. Leave a comment below with your goals and dreams, no matter how ridiculous or seemingly-impossible it may be. Take my hand, let’s bust this Popsicle stand and make something of ourselves.
Some resources to get the blood pumping to your brain: