Get your mind out of the gutter – I’m not trying to imitate a strip club. Having a mid-30s guy with a little bit of a spare tire going probably isn’t going to do much for you, anyway, even if I were going into the adult business.
I’m taking it all off philosophically speaking. In that I’m opening up my “next steps” to the world…so the world can keep me accountable. No, I’m not doing the whole reality series thing that’s been done, overdone and over-overdone. No cameras, no microphones, none of that stuff. You probably don’t care what goes on in my day to day life for the most part, as long as I’m not killing kittens or scaring children.
But I need you to care.
Apparently, contrary to the mask I’ve been wearing, I’m a needy person deep down inside. I attempt to be as independent as the next guy (actually probably more so), but when I really peel back the onion (because men, just like ogres, have layers – I love Shrek…) I need.
I realize that left alone I’m not going to get done what needs to get done. I need some other driving impetus, and life – at the moment, anyway – is OK. Contentment is the worst place to be because at least with a bad situation it forces you to move off zero. When you’re content you don’t have to move – it’s easy to rationalize zero as an acceptable place to be.
I’m no longer content at zero. I need to move, even if moving temporarily moves me back to negative one. I’m still too young (we’re all too young, by the way) to be happy living a life at zero.
So here’s what I’m going to do for the next week – which happens to be the first week of June. I’m going to spend at least 15 minutes every day reflecting on my life in an effort to get myself off Zero. (I’m going to turn that into a proper noun – “Zero“, not “zero” – to keep the enemy in plain sight, because it’s easy for me to miss the problem if it looks like everything else) Here’s what I’m going to spend time contemplating:
– See what’s working well and what isn’t
– Figure out what really makes me happy
– Find what my real passion is
– Etc., etc., etc.
And I need you, loyal readers, to keep me accountable. Don’t let me off the hook. When I’ve had a really long day that’s not good enough for me to skip and just make up tomorrow. Even if I solved world hunger that’s not good enough – I need to make the time in my day to reflect.
And please – let me help you with the same. This is a team effort, and can’t just be one way. I want to know what you want to be kept accountable for. I can help. The other readers of this blog can help. We can make it work.
And we can do it all with our clothes on.
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