Hi, I’m Bryan.
I was in good shape when I was younger. Like many of us, though, by my mid-40s, career, family, and the stresses of life took their course. I got slow and squishy. It was a slow insidious slide into the sedentary, high carbs and sugar, digitally addicted lifestyle.
Everyone’s doing it. It’s no big deal, right?
Then I had a small stroke. You can read more about that here if you are interested.
No joke, I had a TIA (what doctors call a mini-stroke) at 44. Hmmm. Maybe my lifestyle was a big deal. Maybe I was going to die way too early if I didn’t wake up and get it right.
I finally had the conviction that I needed to get healthy, so I quit eating like an eight-year-old. I cut out the sugar and the bad carbs and lost 20 lbs. I started hiking – mostly because I just hated going to the gym. Surprisingly, hiking became therapy for me. Now I hike about 400+ miles a year – every year. I even hiked the JMT.
I started rock climbing and CrossFit too. As you might expect, my health improved. What I didn’t expect was that my mind became sharper and I began connecting with my family, friends, and the Almighty on a deeper level.
Some people have a mid-life crisis when they get to be my age. I had a personal renaissance, and I am so thankful for it.
One of the most important lessons I’m learning in this season of life is to constantly push outside my Comfort Zone and into the Adventure Zone. This is where the most meaningful part of life is.
Life tends to encourage us to pursue comfort and happiness, but I’d rather pursue adventure and purpose. I was speaking about this a while ago to some students at Oak Valley College when, during my talk, a student named Elliot Fitz sketched this idea in the drawing below. I can’t say it any better than he did…
I think the new life philosophy I’ve adopted is best described by Hunter Thompson when he says,
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow! What a ride!”
It is my deepest hope that reading about my journey and adventures will be the spark that ignites your own personal renaissance and gets you out of your comfort zone. Most importantly, I pray your life adventures are filled with purpose, deeper relationships, and joy.