Hard Choices as Opportunity

“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.” -Susan Sontag

Confession: I own the entire series of Sex and the City on DVD and should probably be embarassed at how frequently scenes from that show appear in my head during (in)appropriate moments of my life. (I still can’t see a peppermill without a little giggle.) One of my G-rated favorites happens in Season 4 when Charlotte is trying to convince herself that she’s made the right decision and demands her friend Miranda’s approval in order to do so.

I seriously can’t believe there wasn’t a gif of this scene online. So I made this one (first time, be gentle) and now there is.

I came across this TED talk who’s message I found to be really fantastic. It’s relatively short, a bit slow to start, but has a really strong finish.

Chang’s presentation is so refreshing; the idea that the “tough” decisions we face aren’t a burden, but rather an opportunity to push ourselves to become the people we want to be. That we create the reasons one choice is better than another is so empowering. It all cycles back to listening to yourself, being your own N=1 experient. And it reminds me that life is more like 11 Lifetimes than beating the drum. No one wants to be a drifter. (Or at least not me!)

19 October | Sunday
PSC Training Hike #8
Piestewa Peak
+/- 3.0 mi

18 October | Saturday
PSC Training Hike #7
Mormon Loop – National Trail + Fat Man’s Pass
+/- 6.0 mi

17 October | Friday
Rest Day

The hikes felt great this weekend! No pain in the ass at all! This morning we did the summit trail at Piestewa and am really happy with our performance. We got to the summit in about 38 minutes – and that was without a push, just a steady up we go pace. Boy, I had forgotten how beautiful that hike is…

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On our way up Piestewa Peak
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JK making me nervous at the top looking down…

Jennifer and I need a team name. With two creatives this shouldn’t be too much of a challenge. Or it will be impossilbe! We are open to suggestions…

This afternoon I am going to drink beer, watch football, and eat oysters with part of my clan. Beer – not paleo – but the clan factor cancels that out. Boom.



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