It’s Now Or Never

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“Wake up! If you knew for certain you had a terminal illness–if you had little time left to live–you would waste precious little of it! Well, I’m telling you…you do have a terminal illness: It’s called birth. You don’t have more than a few years left. No one does! So be happy now, without reason–or you will never be at all.”

Dan Millman

This quote sends a very powerful message. One that not many people think about it. Whether you like it or not, you are, in fact, dying. The process began the second you were born. I can tell you that in my twenties, thirties and even into my forties, I was so wrapped up in the intricacies of every day life that I never gave death a thought. Now that I have ventured into my fifties, I have come to the realization that I have much less time on the earth than I have spent on it.

This is an odd feeling. I find myself thinking about my mortality and how it has laid claim to how it plays a role in the decisions that I make every day. My priorities on what it means to be happy, and how I can get to that level of happiness have evolved and is now paramount in my life. It also continues to be an ongoing exploration of seeing that being happy is much easier than we think it is.

I’m not talking about gaining material goods to see if I can make myself happy, it’s more of a choice of how I interact with everyone around me. These personal interactions are what I consider to be true measures of happiness.

Being happy is a choice made by every person every day and should last until our last day.

A Little Blues To Get You Through Your Day

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Unless it has been gear reviews, I really haven’t recommended much on this blog. But as I was checking out another blog, Living (https://mylifewithoutreligion.com/about-me/), he had a post about Seasick Steve, a musician and surfer from California. Of course I immediately watched the video he had on his page and then went to you tube.

My advice to you-check him out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-upKgaHh3WE

His bio is also quite fascinating. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasick_Steve

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Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

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Overlooking the Cross River Reservoir

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On the AT in Harriman State Park

When I complete new hikes (and even old ones) I try to include these two things in at least one of the pictures. My partners and tour guides, the ones that have been with me during every hike over the last 17 or so, are my day pack and hiking poles. They are true tour guides that have never complained about the length of a hike or the severity of the weather.

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