Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Initiating Authenticity

I’ve been blown away by the movie, “Art of Flight”, a snowboard movie produced by Red Bull Media and starring Travis Rice, along with other phenomenal backcountry snowboarders.  First off, I want to say the cinematography for this movie is breathtaking.  The riding is equally impressive and Travis Rice is the future of snowboarding (to quote big mountain Jeremy Jones).  Travis Rice said something in this movie that really resonated with me.  “Experiencing the world through endless secondhand information isn’t enough.  If we want authenticity, we have to initiate it.”  I couldn’t agree more.

In a world filled with secondhand experiences, I want to live an authentic life. I want to breathe the mountain air for myself, not watch a video on You Tube. I want to feel the energy of the crowd blending with the energy of the performer for myself, not just watch the video on my television. I want to live my life in the front row, not just read it about it on the internet while drinking my morning coffee.

I’ve devoted a fair amount of this blog to learning to live in the moment and not waste my life.  Along with that comes the drive to live an authentic life.  To be true to who you are and who you want to be.  To not hide your amazing, beautiful soul away from life, but to walk out your front door and experience it.  To be the person your dog thinks you are (one of my favorite quotes).  To live up to yourself and your dreams. 

Too many times we let life pass us by as we watch others live.  How many hours have been wasted perusing celebrity gossip sites, magazines, or reality shows?  How many of us know more about the Kardashians than we know about our own friends?  I know I’ve said it before, but I want to say it again and again.  Repeat it until it’s burned into the fibers of my being.  I don’t want to live my life through secondhand experiences.  I want to live an authentic life.  To say yes more than I say no.  To be present in my own life and not waste the moments I’m given.  To be me.  All of me.  Be Here.  Be You.
A beautfiul day of hiking through the snowy forest to Mission Peak

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