what i learnt this week 2017 :: WEEK 13

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One of humanities greatest strengths, and at the same time greatest weakness, is the belief deep down that we are never really going to die. This allows us to let go and enjoy life without freaking out every 5 minutes that it’s all coming to an end… but on the flip side, it also allows us to be lazy, complacent and able to watch life slip through our fingers without a sense of urgency.

We often think it would be a wonderful thing to be immortal, however if we did live forever we would have no need to get things done, achieve anything great, push out limits or even get out of bed in the morning.

The same way a deadline at school or college allows us to achieve great work, so does a deadline on our lives. Some of us are better at managing that than others.

I think I need a bit more urgency and drive to be able to do the things I want to do in this life… while others need a little bit more down time to appreciate what they’ve already got.

It is not an easy balance to strike however, if you know that you can adjust your levels of urgency and relaxation then maybe you can find a better level.

We don’t live forever so love, play and work hard… your expiry date might be sooner than you think so take this chance to find out what you’re made of instead of rotting away on the couch (FYI I see the irony of me writing this on my couch).

Check out my main man Neil deGrasse Tyson speak about the urgency of accomplishment that knowing we will one day die can bring… it’s not a doom and gloom thing, is a positive 🙂

what i learnt this week 2016 :: WEEK 26

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Time goes faster the older you get (because you have experienced a lot of time already) but something happens to the passage of time when you are engrossed in a project you love.

Now that it’s winter I’m doing more indoor activities and I found I was spending too much time living in my phone. Candy Crush is great fun but not when it’s the only game you play for days and it comes at the price of talking to people in your life.

I made a conscious effort to do more ‘out of my phone’ activities and started doing puzzles again. Puzzles are AWESOME! I know I’m a bit of a nerd but they really are. The great thing about doing puzzles is that if someone else is in the room they will invariably sit at the table and start puzzling. Conversation begins… it’s wonderful.

I get really stuck in and on a few occasions I have said to myself ‘I’ll just to 10 minutes of puzzling and then go to bed.” It seems as though 5 minutes has passed when I check the time on my phone and BAM… 3 hours has passed and it’s 2am. Where the f#@k did the time go? Puzzles are very immersive and they can chew up quite a bit of time – very effortlessly as well.

Time can also pass quickly doing stuff on your phone but it’s not as social nor does it have many benefits.

Time is going to pass wether you are watching TV, playing games on your phone, chasing down imaginary cartoon creatures, playing games in real life or just sitting on the couch. We don’t want to wish our lives away but we might as well make a conscience effort to make sure we are doing something relaxing, enjoyable and with a social element. Try living outside of your phone for 5 minutes… it can be really fun 😛

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what i learnt this week :: WEEK 46

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My mother lives very much in the RIGHT NOW and I love this about her. She keeps us all young with her exciting plans and adventurous spirit. She’s always up for a party, an exhibition or anything fun and spontaneous (including throwing plates off a two story balcony).

Recently she was making arrangements for us all to go and visit Sculptures by the Sea and she said ‘this is a once in a lifetime experience’. Someone in the room said ‘no it’s not, it’s on every year’ and I got to thinking… and they were wrong. Every day, every experience and every thing we ever do is a once in a lifetime experience… we will never have that exact same experience again no matter how routine or mundane our lives become.

Even if we went to visit Sculptures by the Sea every day that it was on, it would still be a unique experience each time… especially if we approach it with fresh eyes and without expectations. Perhaps this is why hippies in cashmere sweaters are always telling us to live in the now… because now IS once in a lifetime.

Make the most of every second and enjoy it wether you’re sitting on the couch, commuting to work or skydiving without a back up parachute.

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My crew at Sculptures by the Sea 2015
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