Purpose (or Purposelessness)

Pai Thailand cafe quote true meaning of life

Pai, Thailand 2/19/2017

I sit in this cafe gazing at the sign next to me (below), and wonder if I’ve made this process too difficult.

The True Meaning of Life

“We are visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety or one hundred years at the very most. During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the meaning of life.” – His Holiness Dalai Lama XIV

For all the endless rumination about what I’m supposed to with my life, all my musings about how contribute to the world, all the therapy and career coaching trying to figure out what’s next, I now sit here feeling like, shit, this could be really simple. More . . .

The Accident

Bagan, Myanmar. February 1, 2017

The Backstory

I struggle to type this due to the limited mobility of my left arm. Hopefully this contributes brevity to the piece.

This trip is about getting out my comfort zone, which I’ve done successfully in both large and small ways. Riding a bicycle for the first time in 17 years, meeting and hanging out with strangers (without booze sometimes!), hiking a gorgeous island mountain, and kayaking with a new friend are just a handful of my latest adventures.

But riding a motorbike was not on the list! It seemed too dangerous, especially for someone just getting reacquainted with regular bicycle riding.  However, if you want to see pagodas in Bagan, it’s really the only way to get around because the roads are too hilly and sandy for basic multi-gear bicycles.  Tour groups go to the most crowded pagodas for sunrise and sunset and are scheduled down to the hour for the remainder of the day.  Basically boring af, let’s be honest. Horse carriages are available but are incomprehensibly slow and cruel to the animals. More . . .

Koh Yao Noi and reflections on the last day of work

Koh Yao Noi, hammock, thailand, laptop, digital nomad, location indie
This hammock/laptop situation sold me on Digital Nomadism.

1/18/2017

I’m posting these entries a bit out of order but the significance is minimal.

Koh Yao Noi

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Lounging in a hammock in Koh Yao Noi, Thailand is surreal, yet feels quite natural. Gorgeous palm fronds sway in the breeze just a few feet from my bungalow.  Deep cerulean water and forested limestone cliffs scream with quiet beauty in the distance. More . . .

On Tonsai Beach and Post-Thailand Life and Career Plans

1/24/2017- The makeshift jungle bar that I’m currently nestled in is composed almost entirely of local sustainable wood and bamboo. I’ve stumbled upon this gem in the middle of the daily afternoon blackout; the beer is vaguely reminiscent of being cold. The wifi is down so I’m forced to scrawl chicken scratches in my trusty notebook.

Hippy dudes with blonde dreads play ping pong with carefree girls in bikini tops.  One ambitious woman dares tread a slack line in the back of the bar, with variable levels of success. The air is thick with tropical haze and the buzz of mosquitoes. The vibe is laissez-faire. More . . .

Musings of a curiosity explorer