Question everything. Even NPR. 

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As we sat around the campfire, we watched what seemed like a bright, slow-moving star make it’s way across the horizon. The six shooters stood still as this star emitted a glowing plume which grew into a luminous orb. In the middle of Indian Creek, the Utah desert, we discussed our theories of what we were witnessing. It was a Mormon traveling to their promised planet! It was just the way the molecules in the air reflected a huge-ass spotlight into the sky…? It was a helicopter rescue because someone was benighted on the north six shooter…It was definitely aliens and the abduction was finally happening. We all prepared to die. Then we continued drinking and thinking about what we would eat for breakfast. We agreed that we would eat burritos, again.

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but I recommend questioning everything you read and hear. It is especially best to question everything you think. Your thoughts and inner dialogue are sometimes the most dangerous, the most wrong. Grow a healthy amount of skepticism about yourself and the world. Recognize your big moments, your sad moments, your most alive moments. Get used to letting go. Dream about Yosemite, about long splitters in the creek, but do not devolve by sitting in the muck of the past. Look forward. Plan. Go for it. Have a warm heart. Miss what you are going to miss, and then keep going. Say something. Listen carefully to silence. Figure out what it means to really listen to someone else. Actively allow someone to try and change your mind. Give yourself permission to no longer do things for other people. Be challenging, and encourage others to challenge you. Know your comfort zone. Know the risks you are willing to take. Know the risks you are not willing to take. Consider buying a longer rope, or cutting an old rope, and carrying it around as an emergency extension. Take a Wilderness First Responder course. Save money. Call your parents. Recognize your choices. Be accountable. Fall in love with your choices. Heal yourself from the whispers of "should've, would've, could've." Sew a quilt. You can do this metaphorically or literally. I don't know how to sew. I am sewing the pieces of my life into a quilt metaphorically. 


Andrew Bird "When That Helicopter Comes," and "Spirograph"