It’s been a while since I have written anything, probably because I haven’t been feeling inspirational very much lately. Not that I do now, but life goes on as it does, and before you know it, you’ve spent your entire day trying to remove caked-on dirt from the little corners of the shower door, and then suddenly you feel like life is passing you by and that you’re doing it all wrong, and why don’t you write something? Get some neurons firing in your brain? A little reminder that trillions of other options can actually be created from within the head that you carry around everywhere, every day.
Options for a different kind of thinking, that is, because you also recently learned that life itself doesn’t have a plan for you. It just is, and then it changes, then it changes some more, and then at some point it simply no longer is.
So once that’s been established, how to go about it? I’ve gone and found myself a temp job in which I have to sit behind an internet-connected computer all day and do nothing except be present. So instead of removing dirt off things, I’m now basically getting paid to figure out what my next “grand” move might be for this life of mine. It goes like this:
Step one: Read your emails and scroll through facebook until you stumble upon posts that you’ve already read the day before. Next, browse stuff you don’t need on Etsy.
Step two: Browse the internet until you’ve read so many gossip celebrity posts that your brain is totally numb.
Step three: Move on to “spiritual” online magazines with articles written by people who insist that “Changed my life forever now I am released and love myself the world everyone smile every day yoga meditation zen purpose forever happiness AND THIS IS HOW I DID IT.”
Step four: Look at the clock and establish that you have indeed 3.5 hours more of “being there” to do.
Step five: Engage in “spiritual exercise”, such as answering 6 Powerful Questions That Will Change Your Life Forever that you found somewhere on the internet.
Step six: Share answers with loved one and receive positive feedback.
Step seven: Look at the clock and establish that you have indeed 2 hours more of “being there” to do.
Step eight: Share answers to six questions in blog post entitled “about CHANGING YOUR LIFE IN TEN (!!!) SIMPLE STEPS.”
1. What do I absolutely love in life?
– Cooking an awesome meal in which everything just comes together perfectly.
– Feeling that I’ve made progress on whatever I’m trying to do (better)
– Sunrise from a mountain top / ocean cliff
– the natural world in all its beautiful complexity
– recognizing my feelings/thoughts/doubts/ideas in a book I’m reading
– doing sports and feeling awesome afterwards
– being comfortable around people
– receiving love from animals
2. What are my greatest accomplishments in life so far?
– Helping to restore 350 hectares of land back to nature
– surviving Indonesia
– starting to take on my (physical) weaknesses
3. What would I stand for if I knew no one would judge me?
I would stand for what I already stand for, just louder and bolder.
4. If my life had absolutely no limits and I could have it all and do whatever I wanted, what would I choose to have and what would I choose to do?
I would choose to learn various crafts and skills, and learn them well. Simple things, such as making beautiful sauerkraut, simple furniture, basic electricity, sewing, gardening, kombucha-brewing. I would choose to have a small house with a big garden – big compared to the house itself that is – and live close to people that I love. I’d be in a place where I can feel healthy and nourished, both physically and mentally. And I’d want to share that life.
5. What would I do if I had one billion dollars?
I would restore a whole lot of forest. I would build sustainable houses in various places and sell/rent them. I would use my financial power to push politics forward towards the greater good.
6. Who do I admire most in the world?
People who know how to live freely, who overcome fear and doubt to create a better self. People who reinvent themselves. People who do what they do full-heartedly. People who strive for inner peace and a better world, simultaneously.
Step nine: Feel accomplished about having written a blog post after such a long period of silence.
Step ten: Remember that you still have to mop the floor later that day, because dirt will always have to be removed forever in eternity. Shrug and feel okay about it.
Add random pretty picture.