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QUICK HIT: 3 Recent Liberating Experiences

Premise: We know nothing, yet we must continue to learn and absorb new experiences. The more open we are, the more we’re living.

Three recent experiences that reinforce this for me:

  1. Vincent Van Gogh Museum (August 2018): Visiting Amsterdam had long been a dream of mine. Being there for almost an entire week with my wife and daughter was stimulating and life affirming in countless ways. Just walking around and taking in the canals, houseboats and bicyclists was worth the trip. Drinking wheat beer in sidewalk cafés was that much more special. There were some stand-out moments, though: Visiting the Ann Frank House/Museum, Climbing the Westerkerk Church Tower, and... The Vincent Van Gogh Museum. If you ever seek reassurance that love and devotion, application of talent and deep feeling are not to be thwarted by one’s demons, you must visit this special place. I will say no more, lest I spoil it for you. Each visitor’s experience is their own. Mine was life-altering. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
  2. Book: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson (August/September 2018). No spoilers, but I’ll give a very generalized peek. I urge you to read this book. It’s the “anti-self help book” and runs counter to all the “power of positive thinking” brainwashing you’ve been subjected to all your life long. Life is struggle, life is pain. Life involves being accountable for one’s problems and solving them. Only from there do we find happiness, and then we start again. Mr. Manson’s writing came along for me at exactly the right time. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ON AMAZON
  3. “Right-sizing” (2018 and ongoing): This is a work in progress, but I’ve sold or given away some things that were taking up too much space, but more importantly, were a sign of the dangers of over-acquisition. The more stuff we acquire, the more we have to tend to it, and the lesser our commitments to the people and things that matter. Some guitars and amps have been sold, some unused furniture given away, clothing not regularly worn has been donated, and old/broken or outdated electronics were delivered to a firm that refurbishes them for people looking for less expensive “legacy” technology or otherwise responsibly recycles them. This might all sound mundane and simple, but we attach sentimental value to many things, even if they’re languishing in storage. Letting go and detaching sentiment from possessions is difficult. I’m sure many of you know this.


My takeaway: Letting go of questionable values, less materialism, being open to one’s vulnerabilities, and taking meaningful action to solve problems builds positive momentum that’s healthy and life-affirming.

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