What is a life distilled?
Good question. I’m glad you asked.
Let’s start by getting something out of the way:
Life is complicated.
Everyday we are bombarded by thousands of little things, big things, and a blisteringly complex minutiae of bull$%!#, screaming @$$holes, doubts, and ponderings. We’re constantly under fire from the corporate world in print and digital advertising, and from various levels of society in the form of rules, mandates, and expectations we are expected to adhere to.
And if all that weren’t enough, our own minds constantly assail us in whatever downtimes we have, casting worrying thoughts at us about how best to proceed in life: “How do I get healthy?” “What’s the best way to achieve happiness/satisfaction/contentment?” “Why am I not doing better in life, in my relationship, at work, etc., etc., etc.?”
There are seemingly too many decisions and too much stuff in our lives, leaving us befuddled with choice and how to progress toward our own versions of what a good life is or should be.
But does it have to be this way?
That is the question I asked myself when I came up with the idea of LifeDistilled.net.
Is there a better way? Is life really so complex, or is it just disguised to seem that way by a society driven by mass marketing, consumer excess, and the bottom line?
Has it (i.e., “life”) simply gotten away from us? What would happen if we were to strip away the façades that have been built over the skeletal structures of life during the previous century? What would we see…no, let me rephrase that: What would be left if we were to take all that we see as life today, and distill it down to its core make-up, its core principles? Just rip away the minutia and crap, and see what’s left.
That, in a nutshell, is why this site exists.
A Note: Please understand that at present this site is not for “you,” the intrepid internet explorer. It is for me. It is a place to lay my thoughts bare, and see where they might lead. I’m sure many of my insights might come across as naïve, maybe even controversial, but they are mine to do with as I please. I bought the domain, after all, and so it is my internet home. I keep the doors to my home open for now, and you are free to come and go as you please. No one is keeping you here. So, if you don’t like what you see, set your proverbial interweb compass to a new heading and strike out for further unexplored digital terrain. But if you do like what you see, then I invite you to stick around and explore further. There’s not much here at the moment, but that will change over time.
As for me, I will proceed as if no one else is here to watch what I do or write. This is my own personal journey toward enlightenment. Maybe we’re heading toward the same destination. I don’t know, but it is likely that not all of us are traveling the same path to get there. So, to me this will be my home. A place full of empty rooms waiting to be furnished with new ideas and insights as I move along. And you all shall be the ghosts that come and go, haunting my hallways, observing and remarking in the periphery as I ramble to myself, pacing up and down the same terrain like a demented soul, wearing tread marks in the carpet.
It is the only way I can work.
So, join me on the journey…or not.