January 6, 2020
"I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life."— Teddy Roosevelt
I'm leaving the last decade, the one in which I spent nearly all of my thirties (I turn 40 in March this year) rich in family, friends, career with many experiences at home and abroad that have shaped me for the better.
I'm absolutely blessed to celebrate a decade of life with my best friend and to have seen the two incredible humans we co-founded grow from toddlers to teens in that decade and to have recently become a dad again x’s two as a foster parent at the end of it.
I’m super thankful to do what I do for a “job” and to have done it for so long with success and personal growth with various groups of talented folks along the way.
What will the next decade look like for me as a husband, father, maker of things? How can I challenge myself in all areas of life? What should I start doing? What should I stop? What should I be thinking about? How do I seize the decade?
As I was thinking about all of those questions, one requirement that continues to come to mind is a need to better decipher the signals I want to and should consume on a daily basis from the algorithmic noise that is always spewing at us 24/7. I've got to make room to learn and and an effort to grow.
Enter: The Strenuous Life a 12-week "boot camp" from the folks behind the blog Art of Manliness. I've been a follower of AoM for over a decade now, in fact I can recall going through the 30 Days to a Better Man Challenge when I was 29 going on 30.
The Challenge is designed to initiate you into what we like to call “the cult of strenuosity.” It’s designed to stretch you physically, mentally, and morally, jumpstart your commitment to living more vigorously, and immerse you in TSL culture.
You will learn to embrace friction.
You will learn how to get outside of your head.
You will learn to relish doing hard things.
Funny how AoM has been there to guide me from one decade of life to the next. I definitely learned a ton about and stretched myself through that 30 day challenge and am looking forward to what the Strenuous Life holds for me as a husband, father, friend, co-worker, neighbor and online dotcomrade into this new decade.
While the Strenuous Life has it's own community boards for members in which I'll be active daily, I've decided to also post my personal daily fitness and weekly challenge updates to publicly shame myself here with the things I'm learning along the way.
Cheers to Doing Hard Things,
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