Breathing: Bucket List Additions

Recently my experiences with climbing have opened my eyes to a world of new possibilities. In life it is never too late to learn something new. The videos below will speak for themselves.

“I’m way more proud of every single day I’ve spent some time sucking oxygen hard than I am of the times I drank too much, slept in, wasted time sending useless but somehow important emails or whatever. Because as I look back at those wasted days there was almost always an hour or two I could have sliced out to get out and breathe. I hate those wasted days; I have never regretted working out, going for a walk, getting on a plane stinking, not once. In fact, I’ve loved every single experience. But we all try to be busy instead of being alive, be busy instead of getting out and breathing, be busy instead of being productive, be busy sending useless texts instead of walking in the woods with our kids or running there with our friends…. I do it too, but I’m missing the point of life when I let “busy” replace “breathing.” – Will Gadd


The Grand Teton.

New Year’s Resolutions: Why Wait?

As this year passes, I hate to make the cliche post about my resolutions. The point is not that I think New Year’s resolutions are unimportant in any way. Why should you wait until January 1st to set out and improve the way that you live your life? Every day should be treated with the utmost of importance. Every day that you are given is incredibly valuable.

The Grand Teton.

The life you are living is the only one you’re given. So live it today. Work so you can live. Don’t live to work. Make memories with the loved ones in your life every single chance that you get. You never know when you will be making your last with them… Surround yourself with people that share the same passions and values.

2011 has been everything that I could have wished for and more. There were so many adventures that I had no idea I would have the privilege of going on. These experiences were shared with some great friends, and people that I never thought I would be able to travel with. A special thanks to everyone (especially my parents and family!) that made 2011 such a special year. I couldn’t have asked for better company.

Cast, Snag, Rig, Repeat.

Instead of making a New Year’s resolution to get fit, or to make more family time, make the change. I don’t think that any person should quantify how much to improve themselves. I have been trying to learn as many new things as possible. The past year I have learned  even more about photography, fly fishing, skiing, backpacking, climbing, marketing, and myself than I could have imagined. The list goes on and on.

My New Year’s resolution is to make every day count. There are many places that I want to travel to. I am going to add more priceless memories to the bank with my family and loved ones. I look forward to all of the amazing new people that I will meet in 2012, and the relationships that I will make. Dream big and do what you have always wanted to.

“My mother said to me, “If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.” Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”

Freedom or Insanity?

Every person has a different idea of what it means to be free. For some, any time away from work is freedom. Others prefer the life of a bachelor or bachelorette, free from commitment or responsibility. Weekend warriors of all sorts run to hobbies to find freedom during their two days of parole. I find my freedom when I am in the mountains. There isn’t a place in the world  that provides as many forms of freedom. Yet there are a select few humans on this planet that are simply wired differently. Freedom for these types is more definite, literal, and a bit crazy… Perhaps borderline insane.

Intro to Tancrede and Julien. These self proclaimed Frenchies have pioneered sky line base jumping. Combining the high risks of sky lining and the thrill of free fall base jumping. Complete and utter freedom from not only work, or life, but the laws of gravity. Freedom from the norms of human thought and self preservation. Insanity… and I mean that in the most admirable way, because for some of us, it takes some motivation to realize how to live an exciting life. Watch this. It is insane.

I Believe I can Fly ( flight of the frenchies ). Free segment from sebastien montaz-rosset on Vimeo.

Sundance Sun

The Meaning of Happiness. My Outlook on Life.

Theologians have pondered for years about the true meaning of life.  What are the means by which an individual can find happiness.  Throughout the past fours years of my undergrad experience I have been fortunate enough to discover what the meaning of happiness is.  A life worth living is one in which you are able to enjoy your passions, and surround yourself with the people you love.  Whatever you do, do it well.

Prior to pursuing my secondary education, I had not contemplated how I would measure the levels of my own success.  Throughout grade school, successes were measured in grade point averages.  My peers constantly comparing college acceptances.  At the moment all of my colleagues exchange discussion of employment after graduation, salaries, wages, and benefits.  But what about the things that actually make you happy. Don’t get me wrong.  Many of my friends refer to me as an overachiever.  I, as much as anyone, appreciate hard work.  Yet what makes me content is to look at my newly shaped outlook on life.

My favorite place in the world to sit. Southport, NC

Of course none of this would have been possible without the support of my loving family.  Thanks Mom and Dad!  They have truly been there for me every step of the way.  The company of those that you love in your life make the best things in life even sweeter.  Fortunately I could not ask for a better family.

The greatest game ever played.

The bottom line is that I no longer measure wealth by the size of a paycheck.  The true wealth in life is to be able to do what you love, and to share that with others.  My career goals are to be able to work in an occupation that I am passionate about, and to allow my best efforts to afford me time to pursue my passions.

Original Photography by Brad Wynalek

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