After having taken 2017 as a unintended hiatus (read: uninspired, depressed, lazy, transitional, whatever you want to the excuse) from anything and everything to do with my blog, youtube channel or entrepreneurial endeavors, I realized that some of my life choices are great but not all of them and I want to change that. This time was not entirely unproductive, just different. I used the time to assess what I really found value in and what I am hoping I can use that information in order to provide value to others.
Seeking a different perspective and stepping back gave me exactly what I wanted. Funny how that works. There’s no way that I will spend an entire blog post about what happened in 2017, so here are some cliff notes:
- I stepped away from any and all entrepreneurial stuff. I did do some investing, which was interesting and fun so I’ll probably do more of that.
- I read a lot of books.
- I played a lot video games. (Yeah, I know.)
- Attended some great concerts like Rammstein, Aesop Rock, and Run The Jewels.
- Much self-loathing.
- Worked for almost 3 months straight at the day job. (Yeah, seriously.)
- Contemplated suicide twice while working 3 months straight at the day job. (Yeah, seriously.)
- Fell off the diet and workout routine.
- Much junk food and alcohol was consumed.
- More self-loathing from the consumption of the alcohol and junk food.
- I got tired of trying to clean and organize my apartment so I just threw away most of my stuff.
- I dated a lovely person who didn’t understand why my schedule was how it was and we split to pursue new avenues.
- I decided that I wanted to continue writing but couldn’t figure out what to write so I just read more books.
- I realized that running is one of my favorite things to do even though I am bad at it.
- I didn’t vote.
- I started writing comedy.
- I finished the book that I started writing two years ago. More on this later.
- I made investments that did well but had to pull money out of the market because I make poor life choices with money sometimes.
- I visited some friends in Geneva, Switzerland and realized that I’m not contained to what I am currently doing and where I currently am. My options are as big as the globe itself (as are your options).
- I went skiing but prefer to call it “falling on a mountain until deciding to hoof it down on foot after throwing a hissy.” Apparently pronated feet require much practice so you can slow down using the “pizza” maneuver.
- I decided that I want to do some more life experiments.
- I started planning many more trips.
That is nowhere near all that I managed to accomplish during this time. Just a few things.
January was spent with my nose in a book and a focus on moving forward.
I just finished a great book that I highly recommend called “The Obstacle is The Way” by Ryan Holiday. It’s a book about the process used by the Stoics. Breaking down the way in which they approached and resolved problems. Or sometimes were unable to resolve them and accepted them as they were.
My plans this year are grander. I am going to document the highs and the lows. I think that both are going to be equally important for chronicling. If you only hear from me when things are swell or worse, if I fake like nothing ever goes wrong, then how can we resume life together. I think that is good note to end on. Don’t fake it. Act natural, whatever that means for you. If you’re going through something, it’s important to document it and, if you want to, share it. You’re not the first person to deal with this and you could help the next person by letting them know that it passes, that there is good to come.