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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Spring Time

I started this year off with one of the best decisions I have ever made; I deleted my facebook account. I didn't even realize how much time I had spent on there and how much it was taking away from my quality of life. Throughout every day I was literally spending hours each day on absolutely nothing; checking bubbles, updating status, reading articles and playing angry birds.

Since I now have a lot more time I have undertaken several new hobbies that I have always thought about, but never actually done. My wife and I are striving towards minimalism for starters. We have gotten a head-start on spring cleaning and taken load after load to donate to thrift stores and have turned other items into cash. We had THIRTY Tupperware cups and 14 coffee cups just for an example. We now have four coffee cups that serve the same purpose as the 44 we used to have!

In addition to de-cluttering, we have begun learning simple time-honored skills of self-reliance. We have started canning (meat, beans, vegetables etc.) I am learning the difference between a pressure cooker and a "hot bath." I have always had fun with out-door survival-type hobbies but never the long-term stuff my grandparents and parents did.

I snowshoed 3-miles in virgin snow and realized in one breath how out of shape I am, and yet, I still managed to finish without doing too much damage! So I guess I'm not in too bad of shape...(round is a shape ;)

I am also organizing a 24 hour survival camp for our church to teach bow-drill and other alternative fire making methods as well as water purification, food from the land, primitive tools, weapons and navigation. Also, building a -30F rated shelter with nothing but forest material and your own two hands in 2-3 hours. Should be fun. Anyone can be miserable, cold, hungry and wet and live...but if you are in a survival situation, you might as well be upbeat, warm, full and dry.

I am also making a "to-do list before I die," so as to live life to it's fullest. Everyone dies eventually, and time is something you never get back. I don't want to look back on my life when I am older and have regrets. I don't think I'll ever look back and wish I would have spent more time watching TV or put in longer days at the office. I would like to reach the end of my days and look back on a long life lived and be satisfied.