Growing Pains

I was sitting with my lifelong friend Jake on his patio talking climbing and talking life--where those two end and begin, I'm not sure. He laughed in reference to the amount of people who compare their climbing ability and progress with his, and, often so, they haven't spent a fraction of the time honing the…

Training Objectives

It started in early recovery--a group of friends with a common goal to cut weight and get in better shape chose to hike Cowles Mountain regularly. In the beginning we all walked, and my being much younger, not to mention restless, wanted to walk faster. I started hiking ahead and going to the top by…

Progress Via Failure

When I started this project, SaftyThird, I was focused on delving into the fringes of our society and our individual lives, the places where the profound lessons hide and the most fulfilling experiences wait, but that many are too afraid to explore and find. We instead employ a margin of safety that serves as an adequate precaution…

Thoughts Amidst Change

Running, running, running. All the running had paid off, and we felt like there was a light at the end of the tunnel, but in truth I still have quite a ways to go--even now. I'm sitting in a hotel in Anaheim right now. I flew into San Diego last night around 11:30, and after…

A Going Problem

No, this isn't about a going problem as in a bowel issue. It's about the going problem we face every day in life. The constant reliance or need or want for why we do what we do. As if it is a requirement to have a reason or objective for our daily living. With so many…

The Upward Spiral

Yesterday I sat in my last final, filling out a scantron that will likely be my last. It hadn't settled in yet, but 20 minutes from that moment I completed college. As I bubbled in my info I couldn't help but think back to a Psychology 100 final I took over 4 years ago in…