1. go vegan
even more extreme than garden-variety ‘vegetarianism’, going vegan means no meat, and ALSO no milk or milk products, and no eggs, or egg products. That’s full on! But the potential health benefits are HUGE. One has a diet based predominantly on Whole Grains and Vegetables, with little else. Pure Fuel for the belly. Worth giving a shot for 6 months.
have I done it? yes 🙂
2. take a year off life
sometimes we need and perspective to see our true place in the cosmos. Getting a break from work is the perfect time for this. Just quit … and stay at home … read … travel a little. You might need to save up a bit for this (hard to do with a family to support), but it’s well worth doing! Chill … and find who you REALLY ARE.
have I done it? yep – after first year college, I had enough saved up to take a sabbatical year. Read heaps, and challenged who I was. Free time expands the mind no end. Loved it.
3. buy an exercise machine
yeah, yeah. We all know the ‘Ab-Crunchers’ info-mercials from late night tv … they suck. $70 thrown away in an instant … for something that gets thrown into the back of the wardrobe, never to be seen after one ambitious use. But an exercise machine? there are plenty of them out there. Just find one within your price range. They work your arms and legs and lungs all at the same time. Ten minutes a day is all that is necessary. And easier (and faster) than going to the gym!!
have i done it? yep, looking over at the Orbitrek Elite that’s sitting in my room. A source of great pain and sweat … but love the damn thing! use after being on the internet for 5 hours straight lol.
4. become a cultural creative
what the hell is that? well, Richard Florida claims the world of tomorrow belongs to the individual who is Creatively Empowered. After all, we have machines do the hard physical labor, and we have computers to crunch large numbers? where will the high-paying jobs go to? well … to people that can CREATE something that didn’t exist before. Bring something into the world that is Original, Exciting, Zany, and Liberating. That’s where the Cultural Creative comes in – exactly his line of work.
have I done it? yep to this to. Came to music quite late (18 or 19) and taught myself classical music composition. Took me a decade to master, but now I’m composing pieces on a weekly basis. This blog is founded on my Original Musical Compositions. Go have a listen! (once you finish this article, that is … 🙂
5. drink your own piss
have I done it? …. ahhh, yes.
6. watch … and truly understand The Matrix
the Matrix is the cult film of our times. 10 year anniversary just recently. If you can truly pierce the veil of metaphor that the film is couched in, you are in for a mind-blowing realisation. Reality? what exactly is it/? who controls it? who has the power to manipulate it? the individual? or a group of evil, mal-minded individuals? can one fight back? all good questions. This film has many of the answers.
have I done it? the searing last image of the humans plugged into a grid sucking their life juice … wow. And forget the 2 sequels. They suck. big time.
7. travel to Europe
a true eye-opener, especially for any Australian or American. They DO do things differently over there! life runs at a different pace, the arts play a much more central role … even their tv programs are better! Food tastes awesome, the cities are walkable, and the people are truly developed.
have I done it? only once, and only for a couple of weeks. Went to lovely, lovely Paris. Unforgettable.
8. kiss and make up with your family
anyone here have cordial relations with ALL their family? I certainly don’t 🙂 But you know, we only get one dad, and one mum, and perhaps a few siblings. They won’t come around again. And the childhood you had … that was once off. So it’s worth making up … and coming to peace with your folk and kin. One may regret not doing so later in life.
have I done it? here I am preaching, but nope, things still tense in some quarters. Will work on it!
9. read a book a week
what are books? they are little Idea Factories … the compression of years of life experience. Someone has condensed their full understanding and wisdom … into those lines of text. Food for the brain. Do yourself a favor, and plough through a book a week. Even if it is just fiction. Will give your dreams something to work on.
do I do it? I have done it, but not these days. I find books a little too pricey for my liking. Should go to the library, but I’m quite picky about what I read. A Fail for Me.
10. have a spiritual experience
not sure how one deliberately goes about doing this, but I’m sure it will change your life.
have I done it? yep.
honestly, do even 3 of these things, and your life won’t be the same again. It will change … for the BETTER.
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