Ever say to yourself “My Life would be better except for…” (fill in the blank)?
I think loads of people give that some thought in passing but I’ve seldom met the real-deal Self-Actualizers who methodically look at their lives and go about living it creatively.
Since this is a holiday (and conveniently close to Birthday #69) I spent some time in that personal review space this weekend and there are many ideas that will now ramble past that you MAY find useful.
First, let’s talk about the imagining your life part.
People by and large only operate like an electronic flip-flop circuit. (Assumes you know what a stable multivibrator circuit is…)
Most folks have an ON state and an OFF state. The more brain-dead a person is, the more likely they will live their lives in one of this two conditions.
Not that it’s bad per se, but it ignores the 90 percent of life that happens between the extremes.
On National Imagine Your Life Day (*proclaimed by none other than me) the idea is you make a list of EVERYTHING you can think of that would make your life better.
Not just the headline crap (news) that is fed into your head then played for effect by the group-think inducing media. No, I’m talking about actually spending quality time working on YOUR OWN LIST of items that would make your life definitely better.
A short story about Saturday will bring this into focus: If you can put up with some non-technical electronics terms, I think this will benefit you hugely.
So I have this antenna hung off my tower. It is high in the middle and droops down on either end. Since it is an off-center fed antenna, one side is 45-feet from the tower while the other side is 90 feet.
Without looking: “Which side of the antenna would you raise (and how far) to improve your performance dramatically?”
This is not something we can pencil and paper because the answer involves a butt-load of math. Instead, we fire up an antenna modeling program (Roy Lewallen’s EZNEC 6) and presto!
The answer appears: My antenna could nearly double it’s transmit power by raising the 12-high end to 40-feet. (From 3.12 db isotropic to 5.3 db.)
The next step was to go into the radio supply stores and pull out some aluminum tubing which was then assembled and now the antenna is at 40-feet at that end.
That was a beast to single-hand into place! But works grand.
Let’s Make a Process!
I’m big on processes. It takes a lot of extraneous thinking out of life.
Look at what I just did:
- Formed a “life improvement question. Sure, there’s only so much value to having the “biggest signal” on a ham band, but it’s a short-term goal of Mr. Delusional.
- Came up with a way to test the proposed solution. In this case, computer modeling. To find out if something is acceptable as a house project, I just ask Elaine. (Or, if she would say “No you idiot!” I ask Zeus and cite him as the approving authority.
- Gathered materials.
- Carried out the project.
- Tested to ensure it was done right. (It was – like there was a question?)
Fine points abound.
You know, it’s funny when we’re young how we have more ideas than time – yet when a lot of people get older they “run down.” Stupid people work like this.
We’re on the other side of that: The older we get the more projects we want to get done.
Here are two books that may help straighten out your thinking:
Then I get into my favorite books of all: Those about Walt Disney Imagineers. Here’s a reading list:
And to get started? “The Imagineering Workout: Exercises to Shape Your Creative Muscles.”
Oh, even got one for warhammer which he likely knows most of:
What Do You Want – Absolutely OPTIMALLY?
With the birthday at hand – here’s the shopping list at age 69.
- Be in great health.
I finally figured out where the “keys” to my lifetime of being slightly overweight were hidden. In plain sight, of course!
The first was remembering a family saying about “the boss” (usually a battalion chief): “He was just throwing his weight around!”
Don’t laugh: When young and upwardly mobile with a sense and need to out-perform, you tell me what that says to the subconscious? EAT to be a BIG SHOT.
Dumb? Sure, you bet. But while the rational brain has degrees and experience the irrational parts of people are always child-like., So they need to be fed a new mantra. Lean and Serene ought to work.
2. Second item was figuring out the value of apple cider vinegar. Back ache gone, it now seems that maybe it was the slow motion beginnings of gall stones….will let you know.
3. I want to live in a more “imagineered” environment.
To do this, we will use the shop, all the tools, and Elaine’s book on stagecraft The Handbook of Set Design, and I’m looking at Windows on Nature: The Great Habitat Dioramas of the American Museum of Natural History which has been in our library since 2008. Just the first pass through it got us the Trader Vic’s look dining room. Now, time to venture beyond that.
Why live in a boring old house when you can live on a variety of MOVIE SETS in your own home? Go look at the BC Royal Museum in Victoria BC. Yes, you can have this at home, lazy! Maybe not quite as grand, but for sure a mind trip to be in.
That – and finishing up the 3-hole golf course on the property (haven’t forgotten about that) ought to be the big projects for the year. Decided on one pound coffee cans for cups – extra big for extra bad golfers, lol.
But we shall see.
For now, we’re both in high spirits and good health — and for a couple of folks coming both sides of 70, can’t think of a better gift.
I mean, besides continuing to evolve our own adult play land, of course!
The Big Cop-Out
Of course, there is another way.
You can just take the “standard kit” model of life. Eat like everyone else, shop at the same stores as everyone else, and do what everyone else does.
The upside to the standard kit is you don’t have to engage in any real thinking about optimizing your world. This leaves lots of room for other things: Writing, meditation, music, reading…all those being time intensive.
So you have a choice to make: Imagine your life anew – and optimize it and make it “tripendicular” – or take the standard kit and focus on…well…what, exactly?
If you can’t answer this last one, consider it’s a life wasted and that’s a damn shame.
Write when you get rich,