to-want list (III)

clarity, violins and steel drums
to finish the japanese book about the sheep
to go to japan, and everywhere else
a 15 mile saturday run and trail head.
spring pollen/long lawns/large backpacks

to-want list (II):

a good conversation. a thick rug. strong, sugary coffee.
(outside beers/strappy sandals/dog-watching)
a plan or the spirit to not have one
a money clip. healthy nails
trust. forgiveness

to-want list (I)

proof i loved poetry & mountains at a young age. 

(…and let me tell you, life is not flat!) 

"The benefits of a supportive community aren’t unique to religion, but they’re a good reminder that we’re social animals—humans need other people to be healthy. For those of us who aren’t religious, this means it’s important to find something larger than ourselves to be a part of. That might mean finding the right job, playing a team sport, joining a political group, taking a cooking class, or volunteering. Socializing with people who have similar goals and mindsets is one of the best ways to avoid loneliness and anxiety and maintain your own health.

If there’s one lesson to be learned, it’s that our health and happiness are better when we know we’re in this together.”


still one of my favorite pictures of all time. 

still one of my favorite pictures of all time. 

greatist turns three years old tomorrow. and i can’t help but be reminded of when i wrote this, over two years ago:

And my aspiration? For me, I think boxing myself into one specific goal is just as dangerous as having too many. Instead, I’m devoting my energy to this: genuinely impacting others while staying curious, challenged, and happy. And whatever country I end up in, project I devote my time to, and people I surround myself with, I will spiral all my energy into this hope.”

"Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something."

"Our purpose actually changes throughout our lives as we try different jobs, travel to new places, meet new people, and grow older. Over the last 30 years, I’ve had numerous different “callings,” from being Big Bird on Sesame Street to being a sports writer to making movies—and I’m currently doing none of those things.

We each have to define meaning for ourselves and accept that our definition might change over time.”

-meaningful work

travel with more time; you’ll be richer

Here is what I learned from 40 years of traveling: Of the two modes, it is far better to have more time than money.

When you have abundant time you can get closer to core of a place. You can hang around and see what really happens. You can meet a wider variety of people. You can slow down until the hour that the secret vault is opened. You have enough time to learn some new words, to understand what the real prices are, to wait out the weather, to get to that place that takes a week in a jeep.

Money is an attempt to buy time, but it rarely is able to buy any of the above. When we don’t have time we use money to try to get us to the secret door on time, or we use it avoid needing to know the real prices, or we use money to have someone explain to us what is really going on. Money can get us close, but not all the way.

more time is better than more money