Not much to spout really. More time outside than ever. 5 weeks straight of camping. Numerous adventures and plenty of fun hard physical labor. Living.
So many of us these days seem to be driven by instant gratification. Constantly stimulated and multi tasking has turned us into a society of “busy bee’s”, buzzing back and forth. But you can’t slow the passage of time and going faster doesn’t make the rich experiences of life any sweeter. It is time to slow down.Breathe. Look around and smell not just the roses but the reality around us too. Even urban environments have a beauty to them. A friend and I were recently surfing a storm in Maine and in between sets looked up to the sky and saw 4 planes high in the sky with crazy plumes behind them. Now we could have looked at that and got disgusted by it but instead we saw the beauty of our reality and the great accomplishments that mankind has achieved such as building such machines.
In the surf world there seems to also be that push for instant gratification. Many folks want to get on a plane then onto a boat or to a surf camp where “everything is taken care of”. Personally, I’d rather go and earn it, go out on a trek and see what might be around the next bend, far away from from the “bro brah” scene.
The video below embodies this ideal perfectly in my opinion and is filmed quite beautifully as well and is really less of a surfing movie as it is a journey movie about people, places and natural beauty. Hope you enjoy it as much as me and hopefully you are able to find some reflection time amidst the chaos and treat your soul to a nice cleansing. May the force be with you!http://vimeo.com/60613409″>Norður: Almost Arctic</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/jamesaiken”>James Aiken</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Its always good to simplify, clear clutter and get organized. This frees up time and space and often allows for a more creative living area. Nothing worse than clutter and chaos to kill the creative juices. Here is a video by Kirsten Dirksen from Fair Companies that shows a guy who cut the crap and got back to basics. Very inspiring!
In a world full of so much chaos these days and everyone talking about the end and how bad it is etc. it is still nice to know that there are folks that are just quietly “putting up the numbers” and living life in their own terms. Photographer Chris Burkard is one of those creatures. Here is a film about him courtesy of our friends over at KorduroyTV.
Every year for Thanksgiving, Skye writes a bit of a rap/poem/speech/humerous diatribe of sorts to share with the crew surrounding the table. The rap is always accompanied by participation by all those around…whether that be to sing the chorus or stomp their feet or clap their hands to keep a rhythm. It’s always funny yet meanigful, and this year was no different. What follows is Skye’s rap, as Shanye and I rap the chorus continuously under his words. ….and don’t forget to read it with a rhythm….
Chorus: Go get it, got it, get it good. Seek your bliss, you got to seek your bliss…
“So I’m coming at you hot with a message; a lesson. It’s going to shout out of my mouth like a smith and wesson.
It’s chosing passion as fashion, with no distractions.
Strip it all away and your down to your health. It’s not about flat screens, what your drive and material wealth.
You got to seek your bliss, seek your bliss. Go get it, got it, get it good. Seek your bliss, you got to seek your bliss.
Love for your friends, your family and yourself. Don’t take it for granted and store it on a shelf.
Life is short ans sweet like your mother. So make a mark and elevate another.
What do you love to do and what is important to you. don’t take it for granted and store it on a shelf. So get out, get up and take care of yourself.
You got to seek your bliss, seek your bliss. go get it, got it, get it good!”
This video goes well with these words…. It’s the season somewhere to seek your bliss….