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Rule for Intrepid Living #71: Aging Is Mandatory, Getting Old Is Optional

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It’s a funny thing that I’m sure you’ll recognize. As a teenager, and even in my twenties, I viewed thirty as old. This is, of course, ridiculous. Thirty isn’t old at all! Not even close, In fact, now that I’m 34, I still identify myself as “kid.” In the grand scheme of things I’m a baby. When we’re younger we… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #67

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Rule #67 Cultivate constructive apathy. I want you to be passionate. I want you to make the world a better place. I want you to chase dreams. And I want you to be apathetic. Wait, what? I know, it seems antithetical to the gospel I’m usually preaching, but I mean it. The thing is that I don’t want you to… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #66.

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Rule #66. A bad day is not a bad life. Have you ever had one of those days where nothing goes right? You’re running late, you get a flat tire, your umbrella blows away, and then you lose your keys? I’ve had plenty of those days. You know, when your jobs a joke, you’re broke, and your love life’s D.O.A…. Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #65.

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Rule #65: Have fun Are you having a good time? I know, you have a to do list, you’ve got to stay committed if you want to achieve your goals, and those bills ain’t gonna pay themselves. But still, I really want to know- are you having fun? If your answer is no, there’s a problem. Listen, I’m an emotional… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #64.

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Rule #64. Know your place. I know, this might sound negative. Perhaps even a little derogatory. It reeks of privilege and smacks of ignorance. But before you get upset, let me give you a little more context in the form of a quote from someone who most decidedly knew their place. “When we try to pick out anything by itself,… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #63.

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Rule #63. Don’t take yourself too seriously. There are a lot of very serious things happening in the world right now. We, as a society and culture, have a lot of problems that we need to solve, and we can’t agree on how best to do that. As individuals we have problems as well. If nothing else, we have the… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #62.

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Rule #62. The sharp tool cuts best. Abraham Lincoln supposedly said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I shall spend the first four sharpening the axe.” The attribution doesn’t seem to hold weight, but the sentiment does; when it comes to cutting, the sharp tool does the best work. I always carry a pocket knife on… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #61.

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Rule #61. Be passionate. Why is it that in this amazing world we live in, it’s so easy to get apathetic? Why do we become complacent? Why do we get bored? Honestly, most of it comes down to attitude. You can’t always control your circumstances, but you can control your reaction to them. That’s why the cure for boredom is,… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Daily: Rule #60

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Rule #60. Nothing beats a positive attitude. As you know, things never go exactly as planned. It’s the way of the world. Sometimes things just go wrong. It happens all the time. That’s just part of the deal, or as my friend Mike says, “it’s all part of the game.” So what do we do about it? How do we… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule 59

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Rule #59. Everything happens for a reason New beginnings and finish lines. Setbacks and silver linings. Injuries and victories. Celebratory nights and hangover mornings. Life has its ups and downs. There’s good and bad, positive and negative. It’s all important. It all has meaning. Everything happens for a reason. I’m not waxing poetic about fate, destiny, or predetermination. My goal… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #58

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Rule #58. Motivation will get you to the starting line. Discipline will get you across the finish line. We love motivation. Motivational quotes, speeches, films, and songs. I’ve been known to pull up compilations of motivational speeches on YouTube when I’m having a rough day or need a little extra push. Motivation is great, and maybe we’d all like a… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #56.

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Rule #56. Reach. I recently took a part time job as something of a handyman. I’m helping to renovate a rental property, something I’ve never done before. I’m not afraid of tools, work, or getting dirty, but I’ve never had the opportunity to work on a construction project like this. I’ve always wanted to; I like working with my hands,… Read more »