This Is Just For Me

Pixar’s UP movie mantra

Pixar UP movie slogan
At our grocery store parking lot last night.


Pixar’s UP movie mantra – adventure is out there.


If only we made time for it.


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Mid Life Crisis Is When...

Balancing adventure with adulthood

Sign about zero excuses
Yesterday during a High School classroom tour.


There are different types of security. A roof over our heads, clean water, a stocked refrigerator, a ‘good’ job. The well-worn path society the herd travels.

Nothing destroys our sense of adventure more than a secure future.

The outliers movement challenges us to do something great.

To be adventurous…

Mend an important relationship before it’s too late, help raise money for a cure to something without one yet, or something in between.

Zero excuses?

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Island Time

Three things about doing something big for the first time

Poster of a cat in Paris
Hint: not traveling East


Three things about doing something big for the first time:

  1. Never before is, well, self explanatory
  2. If it sounds too good to be true… (probably is)
  3. Keep expectations low, and be open to amazing

Tell ya where I’m headed for the first time… Tomorrow.

Hint, involves islands.

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Outward Bound 1980

Spring break, 1980.  Road trip.

My University offered The Outward Bound School as an alternative to the beach, or home, during spring break.

Here is a profound quote that has stayed with me since.  It was in the Outward Bound handbook each participant received.  Here it is:


“You cannot stay on the summit forever.  You have to come down again.  So why bother in the first place?

Just this: 

What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above.

One climbs, one sees.  One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen.

There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up.

What one can no longer see, one can still know”.


What does this mean at mid-life?

What we have seen in ours lives can help us move forward with the next part of our lives – the part that descends from mid-life.

What we no longer see, we can at least still know.  What we do with this experience makes all the difference, in my humble opinion.

Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂