Making friends with a Boring Life.
People ask me,
And I say, with a smile,
One year later they ask me, “what’s new?,” and I say “nothing.”
Two years later they ask me, “what’s new?” I say, “nothing.” Same wholesome home, same sweet dog, same hard but meaningful work, same green/yellow bike and Boulder coffee shops, same life for 17 years now.
Routine. Boring. I fall asleep on the couch, like an old man, more often than not.
But one time, as I half-apologized for being so boring, an acquaintance rejoindered:
“It’s not boring, it’s just that you’ve got it dialed.”
I liked that. I’m living a life I can feel pretty good about. It isn’t perfect, because perfect ain’t life.
But it’s basically good, simple, fun, hard, boring, ethical in all those annoying eco ways, silly, communityful.
It reminds me, perhaps, of the Blue Zones.
Blue Zones? Those places in the world where lots of people live over the age of 100–because all they do is work honest simple jobs (ikigai, right livelihood—see videos, below) eat real food, see community without planning to see community, constant low-level exercise.
So if my life is boring, I say, well: it’s about service. It’s about enjoying the little things: a sip of coffee, taking out the recycling, doing the dishes, waking up to sunshine, playing with Redford. It may not be instagrammable, particularly, or VSCO-worthy or FOMO-making…but it’s a good little life I’m enjoying waking up to, again and again.
Some of that we help with in Elephant Academy: find your path, find your community, find your voice this Fall.
Image source of Blue Zones, above.
Top image: Redford can supervise any fun activities on the whole park behind my house from there.