The art of appreciating shit.

It’s a bummer when life moves so fast there’s no time for reflection. That quality alone time. Complete boredom is certainly worse. But constantly going eventually gets tiresome. Even though the human mind and body are capable of some astounding things under stress.

I'm starting to appreciate Los Angeles.

It’s hard to slow down in LA

Reflecting and appreciating things are important. The accomplishments and the people. The accomplishments (and the people) can be addicting. And like any addiction, satisfaction of that addiction is quickly followed by wanting, finding, satisfaction then repeat.

Always wondering when it will happen again.

The desire to attain things and move forward in life is a good thing to have. The ability to sit back and really appreciate all that shit is even better. Healthier too probably! Slowing down to do it is the problem. Here are a few things I’ve been trying out:

-Listening to music over watching TV. About a month ago, Grinczero and I moved into my apartment and only until a week or two ago, we didn’t even have a couch. We still have no TV. For the most part, we just let playlists/albums run and unwind. Sometimes we pace, haha, and sometimes we’ll stream some shows on a laptop. But replacing TV with music has definitely helped me relax more fully after a days work (or before one!). It’s science.

-I hate exercising. And not because I can never remember how to spell it. So I would never actually tell somebody to go do it. But walking/biking to and from work daily has been a big help in keeping my mind clear and focused. I pop my headphones in and run through a few songs that I know will have me feeling energetic and positive.

-Finding alone time is crucial. And while I haven’t been taking much alone time to reflect and absorb life lately, when I get it, I take full advantage. It’s when you’re alone that you are truly free to let it all soak in and appreciate your shit.

Author: Eric White

Eric graduated Ohio University in 2012 with a degree in Advertising and immediately went out to San Diego, California to start not using his degree. At the start of 2013, Eric quit his job, let his lease run out and started backpacking North America. Eric has worked with Amtrak, Crowdtap, HootSuite and others, and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA... when not on the road.

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  1. Appreciatin’ shit is aite but in my line of business cant slow down cuz when im on the phone with bitches the money keep callin

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