Inspiration hit me a couple years ago watching Courtney Dauwalter describe her experience running the Moab 240. It made me realize how capable the average human body can become. In 2020 I ran a 50 mile race and hiked a 75 mile section of the PCT. Still pushing to this day with more inspiring stories:
- Born to Run — History lesson.
- North — Scott Jurek battles the Appalachian Trail.
- Eat and Run — Scott Jurek explains diet.
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Running — Haruki Murakami on running.
Someone smarter mentioned after WWII we began working in offices and moving less which led to an exercise craze. As a kid I remember mom getting daily cardio with Gilad Janklowicz. With so much information thrown at us it’s no surprise mindfulness is a growing topic. In 2006 a co-worker suggested I read Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Wherever You Go, There You Are and it really caused me to pause and engage differently with my own mind. It led me to seek other voices:
- Coming to Our Senses
- The Surrender Experiment
- Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
The more you read about systems the more you see systems. Resilient, long-term systems are elusive and fun to study:
- Thinking in Systems
- The Systems Bible
- Long Now Foundation
- The Whole Earth Discipline
- Before the Collapse
I find it healthy to question and rebel against modern society in my free time. I try to channel that energy into something productive like hand tool woodworking.