Escape Your Contrived City Life!

I hate to break it to you but if you live in a city, your life is completely contrived. All of the things that you think make your life great - food, music, culture, sports, community - are a cocktail of contrived conformity. You receive temporary pleasure from these things because they allow you to compete against other people using a set of criteria that are completely fabricated in the mythology of our culture. Likes and views, your spot on the corporate ladder, the color of your credit card, the calorie consumption of your ass, the cup size of your boobs. The number of inches of your.... pecs. When we compete against each other in pursuit of these ever shifting arbitrary standards, all we gain is a fleeting moment of happiness. It's only by stepping outside of our comfort zone and into the natural world that we can find the real deal; true lasting happiness that comes from the inside. So get off your ass and get into the mountains. Go hike for 3 days. Climb a rock face that no one has seen before. Bike 100 miles into the middle of nowhere and find your way back. Stop living in your contrived city bubble where all the consequences of life are packed neatly into a little box for you. As Hellen Keller said (yes she was blind, deaf AND couldn't speak) "Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." Choose ADVENTURE!