More Awesome Stuff: Volume? Episode XYZ
I’m back from a long hiatus. One month without computers. Aum shanti. What else can I say? Damn, that felt good.
Now, as I re-enter a broken country and endless clickables about bad bad things, I am trying to keep my cool, and my breath. Here’s the thing, knowing that the terrible things are happening is only part of the battle. The other part is doing something. But the simple fact is that the modern world facilitates knowing about far more horrible things than any one of us can ever do anything about. We are finite, limited, and get tired easily. For most of us, the answer will be to choose our battles. Pick something you care about deeply, and work on it. Stay informed on the other things. Do what you can. But don’t get lost in the mire of hopelessness and despair. On some level, it simply requires a level of trust to say “okay, I am going to work on A, because A is the most important thing in the world to me. But I can leave B alone, because I believe there is someone else out there working just as hard at B, because B is A for them.”
Either way though, focused or not, exhaustion and burn out are real, and they are problematic. So stay psyched, find yourself some YOU time, don’t get buried. Keep breathing. Do whatever your fuck off activity of choice is (as long as it doesn’t harm others), until you are ready to tackle your Problem A again.
Here’s some inspiring ass shit to help you stay afloat.
1.) Alaska. Looks awesome. Bears are… what? 4 legged humans? Gods incarnate? I don’t know. They’re worth protecting. And whales. And rivers. And all of this. See this. Breathe it in. Get psyched. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THIS VIDEO.
2.) OR on OR. The outdoor industry is big. “Bigger than pharmaceuticals, or mining and agriculture combined,” according to THIS ARTICLE. Outdoor Research has been actively showing where their political ambitions lie, and it makes me proud of all the work I’ve done with them over the years. It’s amazing to see major companies in the outdoor industry stepping to the plate, and taking a political stand for our public lands.
3.) Bears Ears. This place is important for so many reasons. There was a breath of fresh air when it became a National Monument, now comes the stink and pollution of Utah politicians (not to mention all the king’s horses and all the king’s men) trying to rewind the clock to the good ole days when you could just sell off public lands to the highest bidder again. Care about this place. WATCH THESE VIDEOS. And don’t forget to call up our buddy Mr. Zinke and tell him how you feel. Good job Patagonia, Google, and Duct Tape then Beer.
4.) More Bears Stuff. Jim Harrison is dead, which is a bummer, because I didn’t really know about him when he was alive. But he’s incredible, and I’m plowing through THIS WONDERFUL BOOK, Return to Earth. It’s all about bears and indians and dreams and dying and living and mexico and sex and the UP and love and all kinds of other stuff. It’s just good writing. You’ll like it. I’m positive.
5. Here’s a picture of a place I care about. I don’t know what’s going to happen to it. Like everything else on the planet, its future is uncertain. Everything you see here is private land. All of it is owned by one man. His fortune comes (at least in part) from a company he owns that makes hydroelectric dams. There are a lot of people, locals and foreigners alike, who would like to see some sort of official protection for this part of the planet. I’m trying to figure out how. I guess this is my Problem A. I just can’t stay away.
What makes your heart go thumpthump, thumpthump?