"What if I fall?" "Oh but my darling, what if you fly?"

Recently came across the poet, Erin Hanson, of this quote and have begun to follow her. Her work is amazing and you can find it at Thepoeticunderground.com. The awesome part, with an example below, is that she will send you a personal letter and poem written for you, if you send her the request through her website. I plan to order one of these and am so excited to receive it once I can get a hold of an address to send it to out here in Australia. 

Miss Hanson is the writer of the famous little phrase I have set as the title of this article, "What if I fall?..." For me this little poem is so potent and powerful, yet so simple and eloquent. It strikes the heart like a graceful harp string. A motivational word to live by. 

I am sending this quote out to all of you as a way to help motivate you and help you to get off your butt and start actually looking at what you are passionate about. Not only that, but what you want to do about that passion. 

So. What do you want to do about it? Are you going to sit there and keep saying, "oh I really wish I could do that." Or...,"oh someday maybe I'll be better at this, or be able to do that..." (sigh). (Daydreaming proceeds). 

You should probably just say screw it and start now. Today. That's all. 

In regards to doing what you want and really believing you can fly, I wanted to share a recent radio interview that came out recently. Tony interviewed Michelle and Avril, two of the ladies who I had the great honor of helping to create the book The Magic of Mandela: Twenty Years of Democracy with. It was awesome to hear this interview and hear these ladies speak over the radio after working with them for close to a year completely via email from separate countries to finish this project. It made me really happy to hear their stories and gave me a real sense of accomplishment and flying to know I was able to help such goals and dreams come into fruition. Thanks for the opportunity ladies. Cheers. The link to the radio interview is here. 

What if you fly?

-Beat

 

Lost Souls Apparel, workouts, freelance and rest. I'm really a people person I swear!

8.25.14.
9:26 am Monday
At the marina

After last night's debauchery, compliments of everyone else on the boat, while I sat to the side feeling like a piece of crap, I am happy to say that I woke this morning feeling slightly better. Perhaps the lack of alcohol helped, in addition to drinking a ton of tea and holding off from straining my vocal chords by talking nonstop all night.

Got a ton of painting done on the boat but fortunately for me, today was my day off to recover and rest. I have taken the day to sew a couple of fabric scraps cut from my kerchief to use as patches on my denim button-up. Gotta keep it fresh for the ladies. That was a nice casual sit-down at the cafe down the block, and then proceeded to hit up a park where I got a majority of my freelance work situated now that I have the final go-ahead on the ebook mock-up I sent the company. From there it’ll be a day or so more of revisions and email to finalize the thing. Hoping to finish before setting out on the boat so I won’t have to deal with straining for a signal out at sea. Any other time while traveling I’d be fine with juggling around for a signal for the sake of work, but out on the water is a complete different story compared to traveling over land. Am I lazy? Hell no. Just realistic. Cut me a break people! Joking. The reference I am getting at is below for any slowpokes out there. (Hint: watch the clip.)

"I’m a people person! I’m GOOD at dealing with PEOPLE! Can’t you understand that?! What the hell’s wrong with you people!?”

In the meantime, with all of the boat goings on, I happened to meet a rad chick who is in the business of apparel. Similar to my good buddies from back in Denver who I have helped, Makeamill Couture, this girl has a unique eye for urban apparel trends. Click the photo below or visit shoplostsouls.co.uk. Enjoy all of its gritty, in-your-face splendor. 

Lastly, had to post yesterday's workout since I never made it to the comp to post this. I took today off in order to rest and recoup but will be back at it soon enough. Life doesn't wait.

Just some reference for you. A stab freeze is a Bboy move. This movement is performed to gain the strength necessary to flow with greater ease and to gain the ability of practicing more advanced movements. While in a low pushup position with wide legs, you begin by alternating your stab freeze on either side of your abdomen and reaching your opposite arm out to touch the floor ahead. Hope that makes sense. Peace. 

Daily workout:

20 minute run (60% race pace)
12 pull ups
20 stab freeze touches
12 pull ups
20 stab freeze touches
12 pull ups
20 stab freeze touches
12 pull ups
20 stab freeze touches

-Beat

An old post before I left on my trek over a month ago. Some deep thoughts here, watch out!

This was a previous entry I wrote up while preparing to leave as part of a personal journal I keep. I found this one after browsing my files and thought it quite unique in explaining myself while on the cusp of what is new and unknown to me. I hoped to share it with you to get a better idea of the madness that goes on up in my noggin'. 

-Beat


2014 - 06 - 23
Monday 9:24pm
Mom’s house

 

Men cannot understand truth because they cling to self, because they believe in and love self, because the believe self to be the only reality whereas it is the one delusion - James Allen from The Way of Peace

 

So it would seem the travels have begun once more. I have learned from the past year that staying in Denver was very necessary for many reasons, and yes, I could have stayed longer and in fact tried to do just that. But it seems that I was meant to move on. Or at least, I’d like to believe that. I made my decision to leave the city and have sold off everything. I have a backpack with a few possessions, some camera equipment in it, and some clothing. I am traveling light, and also have my saxophone with me to continue my studies. My travels are taking me out to the Southern Hemisphere where I’ll be traveling the coastal regions of Australia. First, by way of car with a group of other fellow travelers. This meet-up with them will be the start of my next journey, the next chapter. This is all made possible because of a new form of connection my generation has grown to love: social media. I am able to collaborate and connect instantly with others across the globe at all points, any time of day. The thing is, with this technology, it has made my travels much smoother and worry free, having the ability to know and depend on others by first being able to form friendships and connections with them before even being in the same physical space. Therefore, transitions into new spaces become much more simple and adaptable right away through help of the other travelers and locals met.


There is a website called couchsurfing.org. This website in particular, combined with Facebook, has been the most crucial of social media sites in forming these connections and transitions while traveling.

7-28-14. Darwin. Northern Territory Australia. Sunrise run and life balance.

7-28-14 Dingo Moon Hostel - Darwin

Monday morning in Darwin. Up before sunrise. So grateful that I am able to experience the tropical landscape and weather here at ease. Had a long, slow distance (LSD) run to the beach at other end of peninsula to do some body weight movement there, then back by 730am to jump in pool, then sit for free breakfast. Muesli with milk, PB, vegetable protein powder and a cup of hot, instant coffee. Champions are made this way. Had to switch rooms so I am waiting for the cleaning girls to finish while my life (a small pile of bags) lies on the pavement and I write this. Then it’s off to run errands in the city in hopes of making something of the time here. Julia leaves to airport today. I dropped Alex off last night. Then the second chapter of this journey begins, right here in Darwin as I sort out the next move within the next 7 days. Living peacefully for now but will be sorting out moves to make some money and pay off all of my previous month’s travel bills. Over the next week and further, you will see posts of my workouts in order to gain insight as to how I am keeping the physical side of my life balanced. I continue to meditate and keep myself balanced outside of the physical as well. All aspects must be trained. You can follow along with these workouts and see if any of the movements can be implemented into your own routines or hopefully get inspired to begin your own life fitness plan. Message me with any questions on the movements.

 

LSD run (round trip) - Roughly 4km - 31 minutes (This one took me a while because I was busy getting lost and backtracking in the city streets and pathways a lot haha. The distance is an estimate since I didn’t map it nor do I have a device to track that.)

25 Hand-to-floor crunches
20 Pushups
25 Hand-over-chest crunches
20 Pushups
25 Lying leg lifts
20 Pushups
20 Oblique crunches (each side)
20 Pushups
25 Heels to heaven
20 Pushups
20 Elbow-to-knee oblique crunch (each side)
20 Pushups
20 Toe reaches (each side)

-Beat

P.S. One last thing. I am setting up to send out some brand new post cards and original photography art. The writings and photography will be packaged together and sent out to you as a way to keep in touch with my travels and as a way to help support. If you would like to help take part in this "postcard project" then get in touch with me through the contact form. Thanks so much and look for further news soon. 

 

JAMES ALLEN, HIS VIEW OF THE "SELF." YOUR VIEW OF THE SELF AND MY ASSHOLE RESPONSE.

Men view only the self. Nothing deeper. No connection to the cosmos. We are lost in the universe. 

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