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Contentment

Posted in Life, Random Thoughts on 11 April, 2010 by Troy

For a long time this was a dirty word for me.  The thought of being content with something meant being complacent about it, that it was time for a change and to shake things up again.  Contentment meant not evolving, not trying new things and not breaking comfort zones.  It meant being static and not wondering what was around the corner and not growing as a person.  The word’s of Tyler Durden ring through my mind when I thought of contentment, of burning down my flaming pile of shit little world every once in a while, of living life with little or no attachment to my personal belongings and materialistic items and of letting the chips fall where they may.  Deliver me from perfect teeth, clear skin and contentment, is a line that always stuck in my mind.  My fear of contentment has driven me to do a lot of different cool things; break free of my cubical, travel, get an education, pursue my passion and simple break a lot of comfort zones.  I shudder at the thought of being content with my drafting job and living the majority of my life in the cubical I briefly lived in. 

I guess that’s what leads to contentment; a lack of curiosity and wonder with the world around you.  And I guess that’s the bad thing about not being content; always wondering if the grass is greener on the other side. 

Lately my life drifts more and more towards a life of contentment, of enjoying what’s around me, living life and not wondering what around the corner and what life would be like elsewhere.  I must be getting old.  Lately I can’t help but enjoy that contentment and stability in my life; my comfortable apartment, my stable job, hanging out with friends and just plain old living life as it is.  I almost feel somewhat dirty about it and a younger me would be dismayed at how things have become, with my original plan of work, travel and play being laid aside for the comfort of things that taste good and the community of those around me. 

That all said I guess I can still continue to break that comfort zone and that sense of contentment while not having to completely overhaul and change up my life.  There are still a lot of things I haven’t done and there always will be a lot of things I haven’t done.  A lot of those involve shedding contentment, breaking a comfort zone and going on a journey of their own with plenty of personal growth and evolution.  Now it means I have to start smashing those walls of contentment and expanding those zones of comfort.

*As a side note:  I can’t help but wonder how much Fight Club has influenced the growth of MMA fighting these last number of years
* As another side note:  I think Fight Club should be a monthly or bimonthly watch.

Grab Bag of Thoughts

Posted in Comings and Goings, Random Thoughts on 9 January, 2010 by Troy

VAG
I went to the Vancouver Art Gallery the other night.  It was pretty cool, it’s been a couple months since I’ve been to a gallery or museum.  They were showing landscape art, which does sound kind of dry but there were some pretty nice pieces.  Some of the old oil paintings from the early 19th century were quite something.  The depth in some of them were amazing, it was like it was in 3D.  They also had quite a few done by the Group of Seven.  I wasn’t much a fan of most of it but Harris caught my eye. 

Besides paintings they had a number of photos, some dating back as far as 1860.   The photos really caught my eye.  It’s amazing the quality and detail of photographs dating as far back as 1860.  They’re the closest thing we have to time machines and times and lives long gone.  What photos they had at the VAG really inspired me and got me thinking more and more about photography, specifically the old Cannon 35mm my Dad has.  I’ve never been too much into photos or photography, never having taken a lot of personal photos through my life but I oddly have a fair bit of education in video and photography.  I’ve never really jumped on with digital cameras.  The seemingly mindless point and click aspect can be fun but I feel marginalizes the whole art of taking a proper photo.  Taking time with each shot before taking it and being discerning about what you’re going to shoot seems like a lost art that I’d like to refined and explore.

Tasting Things
First, I’ve been loving IPA’s lately.  I’ve tried a number of beers high and even moderate on the IBU scale but just couldn’t get my palate around them.  Finishing a pint was a struggle and all I could taste was hops, which I didn’t like.  Fast forward a couple months and beers when I was at a local pub and for some reason I decided on an IPA they had on tap from a local brewery they were recommending.  I wasn’t expecting much and was in mid-conversation when I took my first sip and had to stop and look at my glass with wonder; Where have you been all my life?  It blew me away.  The subtle balance of hops with a citrus, lemony balance.  It tasted “bright”, whatever that means.  Since that one beer from Storm Brewing in Vancouver I’ve been really enjoying the IPAs and developing my palate more and more.  I bought a case from Propeller Brewery in Halifax last week.  At first I didn’t like it all that much and again could only taste hops but by the third bottle I could really taste the golden maltiness on it.  IPAs are good.

Second; Lamb.  Went to a local French establishment the other day, Les Faux Bourgeois.  Awesome meal and great little place.  They’re beer menu could be better but alas…  I ordered the lamb bourguignon.  I like lamb but I rarely have it.  I think I’ve cooked it up twice for myself but if it’s on the menu where I’m eating there’s a good chance that’s what I’ll be ordering.  I think lamb will be what I try to fill my freezer with next.  It’s pretty tough to find local/free range around here but I wonder what it’s like in Alberta to get a freezer full…

So long 2009.
Good riddance.  Much too much a mundane year for me.  Yeah I guess school filled up a good chunk of it but that’s no excuse for a rather boring year.  If it wasn’t for school I’d say this last year was rather uneventful.  So with 2009 gone and 2010 started up again we’re back at that time of year of New Years resolutions.  I don’t believe in it.  Yeah I’m all for people bettering themselves and making positive changes in their lives but it’s just the way people go at it and make those changes is inane.  I suppose it’s sort of a reflection on our society as a whole these days; quick fixed, fast gains and the magic pill to solve it all.  I really like Mark’s recent write-up on NYR.  It’s directed towards health/fitness but I think it can be used on pretty much anything. 
So resolutions cast aside I’m a firm believer in goals and I’ve a couple for this year:
*Strength. I’d like to continue getting stronger while staying injury free. Any injury is too many and last year I had my share.
*Photography. I want to play around with that Cannon of my Dad’s, learn to take some good pictures and make it a new and consistent hobby. 
*Fun.  Just simple have more fun in 2010.  It’s the most simple but most important