Patience & Persistence

My name is Josh, and I'm an alcoholic. Sometimes My name is Josh, and I'm an addict. It just depends on who's in the room. June 6th will mark my eights years of continuous sobriety. I've been identifying as an alcoholic and addict since I was nineteen years old. I quit drinking before I was even legally…

Life on a Whim

I'm not sure that it's the climbing that I'm in love with. I think that climbing just helped me find the courage to go outside of my comfort zone. It's been a catalyst. For 25 years of my life I was too scared to live. I was reading The Alchemist a few years back, and there's this…

A Brief Lapse of Nostalgia

I dropped to my knees on my grandparents' gravel driveway and threw my arms up in defeat. This was the beginning of a long struggle in identifying my purpose. Even today, I’m not quite sure what that purpose is, but I have an idea. I can’t put my finger on the specific cause, but I've walked through…

Objects Deserving of Affection

Today I pulled an ancient flannel out of my closet that was handed down to me from my Grandpa when I was twelve. I've always cuffed the sleeves on my flannels, and it was he who inspired me to adopt this style. I can't stand long sleeves; never have, but I have always loved these cowboy inspired…