Purpose (or Purposelessness)
Pai Thailand cute cafe
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 . . .

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Fear Taught Me the Best Lesson; Failure Made it the Most Memorable
Inle Lake Myanmar Boats Sunset

Bagan, Myanmar. February 1, 2017

I struggle to type due to the limited mobility of my left arm. This should contribute brevity to what I am about to say.

This trip is about getting out my comfort zone, which I’ve accomplished in both large and small ways.

A handful of my latest adventures: Riding a bicycle for the first time in 17 years.  Meeting and hanging out with strangers (without booze even!).  Hiking a gorgeous island mountain. Kayaking the Thai sea with a new friend. 

But riding a motorbike was not on the list.

It seemed too dangerous, especially for someone just getting reacquainted with a regular old bicycle.  Yet, if you want to see pagodas in Bagan, renting an e-bike is the only way to get around.  More . . .

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