Do you ever feel like the days are slipping away so fast that life seems to be accelerating? I’ve been feeling that way lately. I need to come up with a strategy to help me get more out of my day. Exercise and doing something meaningful every day has to be a priority. I’m also starting to think that I should be waking up a lot earlier than I do right now.
Here’s my plan. The summer solstice in the Northern hemisphere is on Monday, 21st of June 2021, at 04:32 BST. If the weather is good, I will take my wife and son to a nearby beach just before this time to witness the sunrise. It will be symbolic for me—the dawn of a new start. Next Monday I will begin again. I will stand with my feet in the ocean and reconnect with the world.
Firstly, I will work on my relationships, family and friends. Next will be fitness and health. I will work on my relationship with food. I will spend time looking back over hundreds of blog posts that I have written and look for patterns of behaviour that will reaffirm my reset. I will stop spending time on fruitless projects. I will change the way that I use technology, only using it to benefit my goals. I will reduce my use of social media once and for all. I will write in my paper journal, with pen and ink. I will give notice to organisations that I am involved with that are huge time vampires.
I will look for work that gives me joy, finally doing something that provides for my family and at the same time feeds my soul.
I will spend time in nature. I will reverse the years of neglect that I have subjected my body too. I will not waiver. This is my manifesto.