New things!

Do you guys ever have a great Idea that’s totally fueled by having an ulterior motive but then is actually a good Idea? Well, I do, often, the most recent idea that I had actually seems like a really good idea.

I’ll explain the Motive then the Idea.

Motive: I want to have a larger role at the woods next year when I go to be on staff, but a resource that I don’t have is the small group that Santa Rosa has. You may be confused, but hear me out, This small group has a large influence from Chris and Aimee (Ministries Director, Aka, our bosses). If you can pick the brains of someone who is your boss and you want to lead, well to put it simply you have an advantage. I’ll be going to Seattle Pacific Univ. so I do not have access to this resource, but I would like to have this advantage.

Idea: Having a general but well-intentioned Westminster Woods online small group. I don’t know how to explain it, it would probably be categorized into a blog with lots of interaction. It could be like a monthly faith devotional: Have a story, tell about a topic, maybe quote some scripture, then some probing questions. It is an awesome idea, It is a good community interaction, being able to extend values that the camp has and show them to the world. It also levels this advantage of not knowing the intentions for the next year of camp. I do realize a flaw is that one of the things that makes camp so special is that we do not have uniform views on everything so it challenges you and exposes you to new ideas, so a standardized study group may not be that helpful, but I think at any point it could be used as a sort of advertisement. Recently, the coordinators have been making memoirs about what makes camp awesome to them, they’re pretty awesome (check one out right here)  They talk about the feelings that we experience at camp and put them into a nice little story form. The memoir that I linked is Alan’s, it displays the authentic-self that you are so easily able to act as at the woods. Then we can look to our models like Jesus as see that Jesus was able to change so much by being himself, he was persecuted because that but I think that if we take a step back and imagine think that if we all acted as our authentic self. You can think of it in small communities then extend the scope of acting truthfully. When you are with your friends and there is not much inhibition you are who you are because you know no matter what you do you will still be loved by each other. Then imagine if it was a small group of people, like 7 or 8 people that all acted truthfully and told each other how they felt and how they wanted to act, this group of 8 people could work in a state of belonging, love, compassion, grace, above that it would be a community based on trust. Founded on trust then you could effectively assign tasks and get things done without hesitation. If people slack and you trust them that’s fine because everyone has shortcomings that they may not be comfortable to express them, but the goal is not to ridicule that they were not able to express their weakness but learn from what was not able to be done. The wonderful thing about a deep knowing of someones true-self is that you can know specifically how to love them,  you can have a general love for all, do little things such as hold doors and smile, but if you can truly get to know someone for the awesome human being they are then you can love them in ways that critical for them. This is going to sound very smart and scientific but, there was this guy Maslow, he proposed a hierarchy of needs, I could go in depth, but a short overview will suffice, He has five categories: “physiological,” “safety,” “belonging and love,” “esteem,” and “self-actualization” when we are in communities and we can love people and nurture them to a point of self-actualization where they can start making changes on our world that benefit all of us.

That was a large tangent but I believe that we being who you are is truly the best way to live.

So that’s my idea a larger inclusive Westminster Woods life intentions group!

What do you think?

Have there been times that being your authentic-self helped you?

Do you need to be authentic to be part of a community?

Is there a downfall of being authentic?

Where are places that you feel authentic?

Have a good one folks,

Oliver.

P.S. I realize that I did not make the scope larger than 7 or 8 people, but if we love one another it can work in any size of a group.

 

 

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Fighting Food Addiction

Hi, My name is Oliver and I am a food addict.

My entire life I have struggled with having a good relationship with food. This goes to ways too less or too much, I was in the too much category. It sucks to eat too much not only the physical feelings that are attributed but the mental battles that go on as you see tasty food.

I really don’t have much to say on it because I’ve already taken steps and continue to take steps to change, I think this is sort of an instinct to tell as many people as I can so I can find sympathy or some sort of consolation for having to go through this. I am strong, I do not need to seek attention. I wish I didn’t feel the need to seek attention or get attention. The problem that I identify is that if you are somewhere when you have love and belonging there is never this yearn for attention, but often times we aren’t in or with these great communities that commend you for being you.

I always feel like whenever I write a blog or just produce something for someone else it has to be so profound and very effective, but I don’t think it needs to be. My first couple blogs were just me saying how much school sucks and people loved those.

I went for a walk yesterday and sat on the cap of this sewage pipe and looked at a pretty view. It was windy but in such a good way. The wind was a beautiful song, I could walk alone in silence and this music of the air chimed through and I felt like I could walk forever and never worry about anything, I did, however, turn around because my backpack kept rubbing me uncomfortably. I listened to folk music yesterday, Folk music gives me this weird feeling when I listen to it because most folk songs start sad then resolve or have a conclusion. I feel so empathic when I can listen to them and go through these country situations, also just the tone of the music just gives you a sort of lonely but loved feeling. It’s really weird but it gives me a little tingly feeling in my heart. Haha GREAT IDEA! I’m going to go practice some ukelele.

I love you guys.

You know whats funny, most crosswalks are crossed more by cars than by people.

Motivation.

Here I am in Grenoble, France. A beautiful place surrounded by awesome mountains! It’s my second time being through the city on the trip. I’ve done most of the touristy thing and now I am relaxing. I watch a lot of youtube videos. It’s really ironic because I’ve watched so many videos about how a certain practice will make your life better, how ‘Do this one thing to become X’, there are so many videos and within the span of all of them there are good ones and there are bad ones but when you digest enough even if you go through 20 videos that suck you find one that’s great that get’s you thinking, or motivated to do something. Here the problem. I’ve watched 100 videos so I’ve become very motivated 5 times in this one day. The problem lies in the details. I have one book on my trip, the bible. It’s a great one book to have on your trip it really keeps you centered on God but even being a Christian, it’s hard to jump head first into reading Leviticus or Deuteronomy.

I want to read for hours, I want to research something, really get deep into a person or an idea, formulate idea’s of my own on something. I should pick someone, I could do A. Hamm I’m obsessed with his ability to not stop, to go the extra mile in a 100m race. I way it feels wrong. Everyone and their mother’s cat have written about Hamilton, I know that this isn’t true but I feel like he’s gotten a bit worn out. There has to be someone else who had this incredible drive or someone else who has some Characteristics that are incredible. I have this weird yearning to study something, become a master at something. I’m not sure if that is just because I want to be better than people and it’s a way that I can have dominance over people. I don’t think it’s that I feel like I see people that know so much about a subject and it inspires me, I feel attracted to these people who have an extensive knowledge of some subject.

I could pick something broad like music, or singing. I really enjoy singing. This was very productive Oliver. You’re very smart. Why thank you!

But I do not know where to start. Questions! What do I want to know?

What makes a great singer great? I mean this is subjective just like art, how do people judge art or describe great artists? I know Van Gogh is great but why is he great? After some research, I’ve concluded that many greats in terms of Arts are subjective. I still want to find out what is important to being a good singer.

What are the basic aspects of a singer?

Even easier what do I know so I can know what I don’t know!

Off the top of my head, I know that being on pitch matters, singing in the correct key matters but I am not sure if pitch and correct key are the same things. I know being able to breath from your stomach is paramount in singing well. Dynamics of the music matter. pronunciation matters.  Okay, lots of things matter. Ahh, I’m losing motivation! It’s getting pretty late. I’ll have to resume this another day.  I am traveling tomorrow if I get time I will research pitch and tone. I should probably ask real people that I know instead of the internet.

Expect more on singing soon.

In the meantime,

enjoy life, find motivations, develop yourself, and love others.

In and out,

Oliver

Leadership

This summer I am working at the woods, it’s a commitment but I wanted to do and there are so many jobs that pay better, but I really think there isn’t enough money in the world that would give the same joy as being on summer staff. I applied to be a Lead Counselor, unfortunately, I didn’t get that job, I got the job of lifeguard. At first, I was a bit pissed off but I’m in France and I was just getting to Taize so it was at the back of my mind. I had a wonderful time at Taize it really was amazing for my soul, my faith, my loving, and my leadership. While I was at Taize I led breakfast distribution for 3000 people and this was great. I was in charge of a team and I was really doing good things it was great and really I wasn’t focused on much else it felt good and felt natural. Life is fast at Taize, Work, Meals, and Prayer take up your day and the free time you have is usually spent focusing on your needs. My four-week stay flew past me but I’m on to greater things.

I’m currently in Grenoble with my great uncle Jean. It’s a tiny bit lonely especially since we can only speak French. I would put my French speaking ability at that of a hard of hearing 5 Grader. It’s a lot of time in your head, lots of time for introspection as everything has come down to a slow march I am able to focus on what I can do to become a better leader. I have a pretty change oriented mind I could have sulked about not getting the job as an LC but what can that do. NOTHING. I can’t deny that I am a bit upset that I could not be Lead Counselor I really focused the anger on myself but I think it was good. I have learned to figure its better to be angry at myself then find a channel to put the anger into then to shoot it out at someone and make the world worse. I was spending a lot of time thinking about what I think a good leader needs to have and what are some idiotic behaviors that I have done or am doing that make me a suboptimal leader. As a leader, you have to produce an example that people can follow. To some extent, your personal image matters, but when it gets to the thick of it it is your actions that tell people who you are and how you act. After thinking I pinpointed one thing, Maturity. Looked back to how I have acted in situations and in most of the situations I was selfish, just trying to have fun, or was unskilled. When I picture a leader those are not things that I would say. I hope this summer I can make an overhaul of the ways I act and interact.

I’ll give you a list of what actions that I want to take.

  • Arriving early and staying late
  • Not creating emotional distress because I want a girl to notice me
  • Having the best day of my life every day.
  • Setting a lead for my campers
  • Putting in extra work so my campers can have a better week.
  • Spreading joy
  • Self-caring well.
  • Listening. Actually.

I can give you the clearest example, it has been on my mind because of all the prevalence in the news. When I would take showers really late, at 11pm after everything as photo buddy had been done. I would just make a sprint in my underwear to the shower even though there were still people out there. At the moment I found it funny and it was really just laziness because I did not want to put back on my pants. What an ass. Really it’s a simple thing to put on pants but what I’m the special one that doesn’t need to. NO, I’m not I think that we are all great friends and it really didn’t affect people that much. Just because there is no need to change doesn’t me you shouldn’t. Imagine if I made someone uncomfortable. Even if it’s a small thing like seeing someone in underwear. They do nothing to provoke discomfort and I am the one who is creating something out of a situation that can be nothing.

I’m excited about this summer, I’m excited to see my friends in Dijon, I’m excited to see my friends in the United States. I’m excited about lots of things, how could I not be its the best day of my life.

Peace and love,

Oliver Armand.

Taize, France 4/21-5/20

Foreword: This is a combination of my writing on the computer over 4 weeks it is really unorganized and weird but I want to put something on the internet for my mom and aunt. I hope you enjoy! I am sure there will be phrases that you don’t understand, that is okay. Hopefully, if you read this you will see me again and I can explain.

Preface: Taize is a Christian community where you work, pray, and hangout. It is located in Bourg France in the countryside. I am in france right now. 

Another safe night, last morning was sort of crazy today doesn’t seem to be as crazy or else I’m the one whos oblivious of everything. I’m going to make tea this morning. A man a 6:40 in the morning walked into our house looking for one of our people, I do not know what could have been so important that he needs to meet at 6:40 in the morning.

Week 2: Volunteer week, Rubbish Collection, my job twice a day. I’m a trashman, I hate it I am one of the responsible who is supposed to lead so I seem like I love it to everyone else but its trash collection, its gross. I helped Trinh with tea this entire week even though it is not my job, I am going to use wifi on Sunday or Monday to check in again with everyone in the states.

Okay I have found it easier to make text documents than write in my journal so right now I will write on my computer as text documents, the problem isn’t the journal, I’ll write in the journal when I am out and about but right now, I am taking a rest, it is just a tad bit easier to type than it is to write. That is no matter! I have gone for a run today, I have gotten sort of situated with my schedule so now I have some free time, here’s the thing about rubbish collection, it is fast, one of the jobs that have the least time on the job….. but your handling trash which literally stinks.

But that’s the thing would you rather do easy work for 3-4 hours or hard work for 2 hours? YOU CHOOSE! Taize is fun! basically, you hang out all day, work a couple hours a day, and eat the rest of the day, then sleep at nights. It is really weird when your stay your first week you eat normal food, a spoon of this a couple pieces of bread, cheese, a fruit, a cup for water and a cookie. This lunch the meals are great, but when you stay for longer as a permanent everything gets better. Your beds actually feel like beds and pillows, you have your own little closet, a washing place, a desk, tons of outlets!

Anyone would think this is great but here’s where it really steps up, the food, breakfast is similar pieces of bread, sticks of chocolate, butter, marmalade or honey if you would like. Lunch well starts off with a salad (it is just lettuce but that is not a problem), then you have bread and cheese, the main course which is nicer than you would get as a week-long stay, an entire side of vegetables, cookies galore. Then dinner comes along, and we have soup, cheese, and bread, real ceramic plates, vegetables, fancy desserts, its close to fine dining at this point. Every meal is such a treat, the only caveat is that at the beginning of the meal the food is handed out while we listen to classical music silently. At first, it was sort of trippy, what is going on here, why are we doing this but then as I’ve gotten used to it it becomes very relaxing, a way to wind down before eating the dinner, it’s very nice. The only weird thing is that is only for males, I am not sure what the long stay female volunteers eat but I hope they are treated just as nicely. That’s the only problem with Taize, we are focused on Christ, love, peace, and community, but it is a little bit striking when we do not even break bread with the opposite sex. When I first arrived I lost my bible and the only bible they sell here is the New Jerusalem Bible, which seems to just have a couple more books and verses than the NSRV (New revised standard version) which is fine, not quite sure where they came from but hey, if its in a bible that has been published there must be some significance to it. I didn’t have an idea of where to start so I open up to ecleasticius, which as I remembered only had a couple of verses, this one had 53 verses, that was not the problem the problem was that some of the verse would be so insightful about knowledge and living life, then it would turn around and say hey Women are the reason there is sin. Hold on just one second, we are going from encouraging knowledge to blaming sin on women? SLOW DOWN DUDE, THINK FOR TWO SECONDS. Even the brother’s sisters at Taize cannot sit within the special middle aisle of the church. Someday in the future, I hope there is a change, maybe I can ask to learn why we do what we do? maybe create changes in the community. I have been blabbering on but I’ll say I’m mind dumping and it will make the run-on sentences permissible. I need to get ready for prayer see talk to you later.

I got music and workouts so this week has been getting better and I’ve been focusing on eating better. My stay is getting better as it goes and I am King of Tea next week so the horizons are looking up. I mainly started writing because I wanted to talk about my afternoon group of french rubbish collectors. I’m not sure the culture difference played a role but I loved these guys everyone was so funny,
the boys are these skinny french swag masters and the girls are unconcerned and above anything that the boys do but it just makes for the funniest time. We get the work done but we also have time to joke around, and in the afternoon the work seems to be a bit more lose, they’ve relaxed the entire day now we can chill, collect rubbish, and have a good time. It seemed like if there was a tv show about
us it would be the biggest hit in France.

I’ve grown close with the people in Maison Brule as well, we’ve had dance parties, getting kicked out for being too loud. It is a fraternity centered around Christ which I think is a better fraternity then actual frat’s. I’m tired, I’m going to workout shower and pray.

Okay it’s a couple days later, I’m a king, KING OF BREAKFAST and TEA. I don’t have much time, really what happens is that my morning until 11:00 is doing breakfast and tea, then I chill at the house for an hour until prayer at 12:20 then we have lunch at 1 PM then back to make tea for small groups for a bit then, about a 1:30 hour break until 4:30 when we have tea time for everyone.
Its crazy to see 2,500 people go through a line for tea. There is like no way that you could say enjoy to everyone who goes through the line. My first week here there were maybe 300-500 people, you could say hello, remember some of the faces, you’d see the same faces at bible study it was a nice small community. Now everyone is just another face, you’ll meet people you won’t see again ever,
its sort of a sad wasteland, especially since I’m one of the cold and war-hardened volunteers, I see lowly field people (1-week staying people) as I walk through my home. It is nice when you see a fellow volunteer a nod, a smile, its usually pretty hard work, I mean half the time the responsible are just scattered among the field people at various jobs, but when you’re a responsible (leader of the group) you do a lot.
I mean the name makes sense we wouldn’t call the responsible if they were Irresponsible. I will hopefully post this one as a very large Odessey of Taize, I need to workout right now, I don’t have much time but whenever I can squeeze one it I try to.

I’m so close, so close to being done with everything breakfast and tea, I can’t wait, it will be great less waking up early to work more waking up early to run, a workout doing anything else that isn’t making tea. I’m tired I’m going to try and take a little nap.

Okay so I got a new job, I’m the electricity boy of Taize. Yep, Mr light specialist. Tomorrow I have a good amount on my plate, I’m wishing I could stay longer now, but how could I know that Taize would be so awesome, and I really need to go so I will be able to easily get home also I would like to see my family in France. I overheard these two permanents talking, they were explaining
there are so many cool people that we do not get to meet, we see each other in prayer but that is it outside of that and name stay we don’t really get to know each other which is honestly pretty sad. It’s a sentiment that fill’s many Taize travelers whether only for a week or for a long stay. I should maybe reach out to people, I mean what is the possible worst that could happen, I never come back to Taize,
then chances there are already pretty slim.

It’s pretty sad, I was living in this wonderous world in which my time in taize would never end, It felt like I will be here for ever and nothing will stop me from enjoying life, that was until my friend ebin left, my first friend of taize gone, simitainously 3 other people left and it really hit me, I will likely never see these people again, and then it hit me that I will just be the next one, the next person to leave
just another name in the registrar, gone and forgotten within days, I mean already during my two weeks, bastien, gert-jan, krillil, toni, yurico, ebin. Six people whose name I knew, at least 2 more who I didn’t know the name of. There are long stay people, like Jella and Victoria that I’ve met and I just wonder what they feel every nameste everytime another comrade leaves in the morning or in the night.
It is sort of weird, Taize life is real life but it is not. You feel everything you feel as you do the real living, but then it really isn’t real life, everything just seems to work by your work. It seemed weird when I watched the Netflix series Wild wild country about the rashneesh, thinking that they were crazy when I come to somewhere that is just like the commune that they tried to create in northeastern Oregan.
There are a few differences, Our religious practices, our actual cultural significance, There are other things but It is weird that I ridiculed this place then I go to a place that is quite similar. I mean do not get me wrong the community that these people tried to build in Oregon has more malicious intent and crazier motives. I am getting side tracked, It is really sad that I will leave and never really come back and when I do
it will be completly changed, The nice thing is that I can focus on what we have now and come back with an entirely new outlook, search or question that I would like to awnswer it is very weird many people come to taize with a question, a goal, something that they would like to change about themselves, but I came with nothing, maybe looking to find friends or make friends. I don’t really know what I came here for but I already know
what I have left with, I have left with a strengthened faith, Honestly after Missouri my faith was not very strong, I had such a hard time with my age, what I was doing, why I was doing anything in missouri, how to move on, and when everything sort of crumbled in my mind and me just deicied to stay back in California I was sort of confused and distrought but the trip to france and to taize really sharpned my sight for at least one
aspect of my life. If I can learn anything from reading the bible it is that a faithful life is more than a life worth living. I am a poor man, saved by the grace of God. 3 months ago, I would have felt weird saying that. I don’t think I am a crazy Christian, but I don’t think that I would ever want to live without Christ. And it’s really hard to differentiate between the people who are crazy Christians that just blindly accept Gods
love but don’t really follow the commandment to love one another as Jesus has loved us. It feels different to me and maybe I am some crazy Christian but there is no right way for me to live my life so I’m going to live it how I like.

At Taize, for the longer stays, we have these things called Lama stay which are basically little non-alcoholic parties. Of course, they are as non-alcoholic parties should be sort of shameful, really weirdly fun, sort of awkward all the time but at the same time they are not awkward at all! So here’s what happened the last Lama stay before I left, It was Martizas birthday, When I first arrived the lights were off and someone was playing music really quietly, I was really confused but we are all there to have a good time, Danielle on of my friends start dancing. I really don’t remember what happened next but somehow the party progressed to people playing a violin, guitar, and accordion in a Mexican style and we were chanting OLAY! After that we started remixing prayer songs, everyone was dancing and skipping around It was super fun! I wish I could have had some way to document it but it was so out of my mind crazy! Best party of my life! I think my writing has really become worse. I don’t feel nearly as motivated to write, but I do when I want to. There is no editor reading as well so it really becomes just a brain dump.

I’ve somewhat read through this and there is a lot of writing in here. Pretty hard to digest.

If you’re looking to contact me my phone got washed in the washing machine so I am not able to respond.

Oh, I am going to Seattle Pacific in the fall!

I miss Taize but the rest of France is awesome.

I’ll try and post at least another one by the end of the trip!

Love all you!

Joke of the day:

The thief that stole my diary and my Bible died today.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

 

Sauna sauna SAUNNNNAAA!

Okay it’s another blog unrelated to France. Here is what we are going to do. I’ll debrief a tiny bit about france then I’ll go on to what I want to talk about, which if you haven’t guessed is SAUNA.

Today, I had lunch with my family, as well I am going out to dinner tonight with one of my younger relatives. I am still severely jet-lagged. Woke up at 2:30am will likely go to bed at, 10 pm just a good 19 hour day. I think this will be the last day of jet lag if I’m able to stay up till 10 that’s the time I would like to aim to go to bed at, even though life happens later here, less people are up in the morning and more people are out late at night. Which throw’s me off because I’m used to waking up at 7 going to bed at around 10 which I think is a fine time frame, but it seems like everyone wakes up at 9 and goes to bed around midnight. I am doing well, I’m nervous because I do not know if the cousin that I am going to hang out with tonight speaks English. Wish me luck.

Okay Saunas. Here’s the deal, I had never heard of sauna’s until this march. I mean I knew as a kid the YMCA had a sauna but it was always filled with the old naked asian guy so I just steered clear. I probably would have kept on this track if is wasn’t for a challenge on the challenge list that suggested take a sauna. The challenge is go in the sauna for 11 minutes tree pose for 90 seconds. I get in, first time in the sauna and I, thinking this is good, there not that big of a difference to the outside air, boy was in for a treat, slowly I started heating up, sweat coming from absolutely everywhere, now that I’ve been in there for a while my hearts beating faster and I’m having a hard time breathing. I do the challenge, then immediately take a shower get my clothes on then get ready to head of out the gym. Weirdest thing, I am feeling so good its one of those great sensations of happiness.

I figure it was the sauna, I wasn’t having a bad day but nothing was out of the ordinary except for the sauna. I try it again. This time I’m sort of used to it. It’s NICE! Every day after, SAUNA SAUNA SAUNA! From hard days to easy the sauna is my life after workout.

What I’ve heard is that Sauna is akin to doing cardio for your body, except your sitting. Along with the detoxification effects that sweating bullets does to your body. Your losing tons of water tons of toxins while boosting your circulation throughout your body. On yeah on top of that your body goes double time on recovery, enabling you to do harder workouts more often. Mind blow yet? Yeah it is, and if it isn’t your stupid.

Here’s my wish for you, try the sauna, 3 times, if its bad 3 times quit, doesn’t affect me, but what if this is the break that gets you to the next level.

Geez, I’m just like the fitness gurus that I talked down about last blog.

Anyway sauna or not sauna, your still my friend,

With love,

Oliver

The day I climbed Mount Diablo

I know I’m in France, but I have a couple Idea’s for blogs that I want to write but it before it gets swept under the France blogs, even though right now I haven’t done tons of adventury things here in Europe.

Anyway, Two Monday’s ago I hiked Mount Diablo, it is around 3800 feet tall. I don’t usually hike mountains, so this was a new and fun challenge. I approached it as a trail run trying to attempt to go as far as I could I probably ran the first 3-4 to four miles then as the elevation really spiked I did this weird mix of running and hiking for the next two miles, and the last mile up to the top was a quick walk.

It was one of those days, the days when you feel unstoppable, when you just climbed a mountain and you want more, when you summit the mountain just to look for more mountains to climb.

I do most of my working out in the gym doing repetitive exercises that you do in the gym to go outside and really have an experience of getting out in nature was the greatest. I had this realization that, I’m in the gym which is great, but I’m not getting outside, so to challenge my normal routine and have the experience made it so fulfilling, fun, and everything else that you would use to describe a challenging but fun experience. I’m not sure what it is but there is a crazy good feeling that you get when your doing something hard. It’s sort of a way to prove to yourself that you can do some much that you would never expect. In total my hike up the mountain totaled to 17 miles, The ascent was way easier than the descent, I mean I knew the sure way I was going to get to the top of the mountain, just follow the trail that goes up, it was a sad surprise when I was going on my way down and well the way down started going up and down, and started to become overgrown and pretty steep. It’s always quite precarious when your trail down isn’t actually going down. I’d say the biggest challenge, isn’t the physical exertion, even though it’s tough, the biggest challenges, is my dang shorts, there are holes in both pockets, luckily one is small that my phone doesn’t slide through, also the liner coupled with about 10 miles of sweat becomes a prime area for chaffing. Chaffing is the is the worst part of living. Here we are created to explore and experience great things and the thing that is truing everything sour are my shorts rubbing against my legs. Yeah okay that’s great.

One more thing, after the summit I wasn’t finished, from the mountain to the gym, I went to do my regular Monday classes, TRX and Handstands. I haven’t highlighted TRX to the extent that I have handstand class, but TRX is amazing, It’s sort of like a P.E. class except fun and you work on functional movement instead of… well, I don’t know in P.E. its just sort of a lame workout to try and curb obesity, but its not really that great. TRX is where the mean go to get meaner. It’s a killer workout transitioning from cardio to strength to core, it hits everything. It’s like a healthy juice press, except exercise, everything you need to be super duper healthy. I am going to say that it is likely due to the fact that we have an amazing teacher, Jaclyn, but I’d believe that most TRX classes would follow the same form of class. Bottom line is that TRX is like a workout version of handstand class.

I was pretty astounded Monday night, thinking dang that was a lot of exercise for one day. It made me think about the fitness guru’s that are aiming for total human optimization, blah blah blah, There is secret to human optimization, the secret is trusting the process and putting in the work. We can do amazing things, but amazing things usually take work, that’s sort of what makes them amazing, because if climbing mountains was easy everyone would do it.

Here are a couple pictures:

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A tiny meadow at about 3500′
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More of the meadow
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My not so wonderful selfie from the top of the mountain
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Juniper Trail
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STEEP!

So that’s all for my Mount Diablo excursion. Thanks for tuning in.