In this Tiny Moment, Big Idea I ask the question “What are you afraid to try?” I recorded this episode five years ago immediately after we sold everything we owned and rebooted our lives. Many people said, “I wish I could do that.” Which begs the question, “what are you afraid to try or do?” Maybe that informs what you might need to consider?
Friends welcome to another episode of Work Life Play. I am putting on my shoes, zipping my jacket and heading out on my 236th day in a row to go for a run of a minimum of one mile. Owning the idea of tiny habits from James Clear. And today what I have for you as I walk out the door is that recording. I did three years ago, maybe even more, maybe even like five that I never released and found it in my B roll archive saved folder that I wanted to actually ship it and share it with you guys in the spirit of these tiny moments with big ideas choosing to live adventurously. Yeah, just the metaphor of living outside of the comfort zone. Hope you enjoy have a great day. You can do this. Keep going!
Welcome to another episode of work life play. That's my stove. That's running this old MSR stove I've had since back in college. My daughter and I camp last night, about 9,000 feet. It's actually snowing for right now. And we're headed over to go snowboarding for the day at the back of our Honda pilot with some thermarest pads and sleeping bags. And not as plush as a hotel room, but I didn't want to drop a hundred bucks to sleep, only to spend a few hours, tucked to bed. So we came up to the car last night and I'd say on the whole, it was pretty warm. We'll find out from my daughter when she wakes up what she thinks. So I'm out running the stove right now, made some coffee as I'm bundled up, I'm looking uphill away from the wind. And what I like about these podcasts on location is that I can do them as they're happening.
And I always think about giving you a front row chair to whatever we're doing and trying and attempting in hopes of them just being examples continually for you, that you can go do the same. And I know lots of you are. So as I was waking up this morning, making some coffee, getting ready, fire up some oatmeal here. I was just thinking about the movie LA LA Land. And it's a Ryan Gosling film. It's musical, not necessarily my typical film, but a couple of my buddies said, "Hey, must-see definitely go take a look." So what I thought was cool about it that this moment here reminds me of also is there's a scene in the movie towards the end where the main two characters, a guy and a gal, their lives kind of flashed before them. And they see what is their life right now and what could have been their life. And it was over a period of about I think, five years or so. And it was a really great scene cause they both, I think realized that the version of the story that they ended up living out was a good one, but it wasn't necessarily forgone conclusion that where they were five years previously, where it felt like they were stuck and kind of at a fork in the road, that there's this alternative version of their story that plays out.
And they make different decisions. And those different decisions end up birthing for them. This really kind of Beautiful life that looked very different than the one that they were actually living. So I just am constantly in need of a reminder that my life, my family, my career,umy friendships, my adventure, all these things are just under constant renovation and that they can constantly be mended. And there's really not many things that are foregone conclusions.
We had a friend come into our house through the night. I had written an article in a local magazine about rebooting our life. And the opening line was about how we thought about buying a zoo or living in a tour bus. And the funny thing was, is the geography I'm standing in right now is where we spent the summer while we were trying to figure out what we were going to do over in Buena Vista, Colorado, but really helpful to have people in our house. And they were talking about our house and our reboot. And one of the things that gal said was she's like, "Do you know how many people wish they could do that, but are afraid to try or afraid to do it?"
And I think that's really true is that it is in some ways the thing that we went forward with many, many, many people wish they could do and starting their life over. And she was just talking about how clean and clutter-free our house is. So yesterday I took another load to Goodwill and I've been listening to this book on essential-ism. And one of the things he talked about is that to live a clutter-free life, you have to actually know where the local Goodwill is and what their hours of operation are and have a regular interval of dropping stuff off. So all of these things are just examples, again, as whatever you're up to, whatever it is, you're aiming at, whatever it is, your path to well live life looks like I wish you well on it. You can do it. This is good for you and signing off from 9,000 feet trunk side with my MSR stove. All right. Keep going.
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