Routine is the Enemy of Time

Three weeks ago, I quit my comfortable job, discontinued my lease, picked up my life in New York, and moved to Florida. Then, a week ago, I left for a 35-day European trip. As I’m sure you can imagine, there has been a ton of stress and anxiety over the past couple months while I’ve decided to make these big changes.

You must be asking yourself why? To be honest, I was too comfortable living a life that I didn’t particularly enjoy. Do not get me wrong, I have afforded myself the opportunities to travel, live independently, spend time with friends, and experience new things – and I am extremely grateful for these opportunities. But my day-to-day, between weekends and vacations were becoming tortuous. I don’t mean to sound dramatic, but I was auto-piloting through a life I didn’t want, where I sat at a desk staring at a computer Monday to Friday, 8AM to 5PM and stressing out constantly about things I didn’t necessarily care about. I felt trapped by the money and benefits; trapped by this feeling of needing to stay because that’s what society expects of a person my age; trapped by the idea that if I quit my job I will never make as much money as I do now.

You know what, I’d rather give it all up than look back in 20 years and have an overwhelming senses of regret. I never want to live a “I wonder what would’ve happened if I…” or “If only I had…” life.

Once I accepted the fact that if I stayed, I would most likely never feel truly alive. Once I accepted that “failure” is a part of life and that if it doesn’t work out moving south AT LEAST I TRIED…and I can always go back.

Why am I sharing this with you? Well, to be honest, this is a really long introduction to this amazing video called The Thousand Year Journey: Oregon to Patagonia where a young man, Jedediah quits his job and travels from Oregon to the southern tip of South America. This is something I would love to do, but I would not do alone. However, if you listen to what Jedediah says, including the title of this blog, “routine is the enemy of time,” I think it will be easier to understand why so many people my age are quitting their comfortable jobs to travel, to go back to school, to create their own businesses, to take time off from a routine life, and/or to create art. I think this video can help some people start to understand that happiness cannot be quantified by a dollar value, but more of an inner peace with what they choose to do with their lives that make them feel truly alive. Enjoy!

Clip of the Week: Check Dis Outttt

There are very few clips that I can watch over the years and have it still crack me up. I get sick of things very easily which is why it’s surprising that I still find this video hilarious.

This video features a “dancer” who is trying to make a ?audition video? Only God knows what she’s trying to do. The ending however, is the best dance move I can possibly think of/would never be able to purposely recreate. Enjoy!

What Makes You Think Elmo Won’t Cut You?

Sesame Street was always on the Paluba family television when I was younger. The show made counting, spelling and learning fun. It was age appropriate (unlike many of the shows now-a-days) and my brother and I both enjoyed watching it. We never fought over the remote. However, even at a young and tender age I knew Elmo was an asshole. The Cookie Monster was always stealing cookies and Oscar the Grouch was straight up miserable but they were true to themselves and AMAZING characters. Elmo was always on my shit list. This furry red creature walked around Sesame Street like he owned the place and then he got his own show “Elmo’s World” because he was too good for the original show. He talked like a three year old girl and played dumb too often.

With that said, when I saw this video, it confirmed all of my beliefs as a child. Elmo puts on a great show but he’s not fooling anyone any longer.

For the record, The Cookie Monster is hands down the best character from Sesame Street. Also, Mr. Snuffleupagus never got the credit he deserved!