Having recently read Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, the Greek Stoics have fascinated me. Paul Jun over at 99u just wrote a great article summing up 9 of their points.
The goal of Stoicism is to attain inner peace by overcoming adversity, practicing self-control, being conscious of our impulses, realizing our ephemeral nature and the short time allotted—these were all meditative practices that helped them live with their nature and not against it. It’s important that we understand the obstacles that we face and not run from them; it’s vital that we learn to transmute them into fuel to feed our fire.
Finally got a race in. I have not raced since last fall in the Tarzan Brown River Run. I was able to race the Westerly Track & Athletic Club’s 5 mile Clamdigger Race. In it’s 33rd year, I was able to place 9th OA. My wife raced in the 5k version and did very well.
The race itself is flat and fast. After the race they provided great Chowder for all. The only thing I would do differently is not do 7 hours of yard work the day before and go for a 2-hour bike ride.
Traveling for me is more than simply experiencing something new. It was something that I was brought up doing and hearing stories about. My parents both worked for an airline, and I was lucky enough to be able to fly for free through college. I took full advantage and flew hundreds of thousands of miles and wish I had done more. The desire to travel came from my parents.