I'm often overwhelmed by how little I know. I try to learn something new or make myself better everyday, I approach the world with wonder, and appreciate it when others do the same.
I am actively trying to rid myself of isms and other outmoded forms of thinking that are no longer working for me and are keeping me from evolving. Meditation has been a huge part of that, and I think we could all use more silence and stillness in our lives.
Trying to keep my life as simple renewable and sustainable as possible, but I'm not trying to climb up any crosses while doing so. "Sustainable hedonism" is an -ism I identify with.
Good people, good music, good beer, and good food are mixed in there somewhere. And Netflix. Way too much Netflix.
Music: lately, Kimya Dawson, Blockhead, Bonobo, Intocable. But anything and everything. This week I am listening to a lot of Mexican banda because I'm in an accordion sort of mood. Last week was a lot of dj stuff, and I went to a few metal shows last month. Anything that has some FUCKING heart, and that is made to be art and not a commodity will get an honest and open listen from me.
UPDATE: I'm on a visual media fast for Lent (I'm not Catholic, it just makes it easy to calendar). So no Hulu, Netflix or movies until Easter. It'll be curious to see how I end up filling my mindless time, hopefully something productive.
Movies: I watch more documentaries than can possibly be healthy. If it's about political/financial corruption, food, ancient history, or aliens and it's on Netflix then I've probably seen it.
TV: I get obsessive about TV shows, and when I do I can go through a season in a couple days, or a series in a week or two. Freaks and Geeks was amazing and I can't believe that I just discovered it. I just tore through all 6 seasons of Dr Who (the 2006 reboot), and loved it. I realized recently that I tend to be drawn to hyper-rational problem solving protagonists (Dr. Who, MacGyver, Sherlock Holmes, John Stewart, Temperance Brennan, Indiana Jones) who don't resort to violence. New Girl, Daily Show, Stand-up comedy, Parks and Rec. And lots of other stuff.
I take food very seriously, and I see myself transitioning into a career around food within the next year. I'm not sure yet in what capacity, but I find my bliss in the kitchen, and around food in general, so its worth pursuing.
I'm trying to walk the walk of the budding nutritionist and eat as little processed food as I can (read: I try to make sure my food is nutrient dense and hasn't had all the nutrients stripped, boiled or bleached out of it.). Monsanto is a menace to humanity, and I am an activist for all things organic and against all things GMO. I'm not anti-science, I just have a problem with a chemical company monopolizing food production and seed genetics so they can sell more poison. I like my veggies fresh and local and my meat and eggs pastured, and though I personally don't have any dietary restrictions or sensitivities I find it fun to put constraints on myself in the kitchen and cook for my friends who do.
Many years living abroad and travel have taught me that being a picky eater limits a person's ability to experience a culture and a place. I won't eat humans or endangered animals, but anything else is pretty much fair game. With that said I am mostly vegetarian, and I really appreciate local and organic whenever possible, but I also live in the Bay area and have that luxury. Recent kitchen experiments include: a no cook/low cook black bean and tortilla soup, smoked sea salt, gluten-free pineapple scones, and some awesome spice blends (taco seasoning, raita blend, beef rub, etc.)
Also, If you say the words "Chinese food" and "Panda Express" in the same sentence, I get a little miffed.
Skills and whether I got 'em or need 'em, non-violent revolution, community empowerment, corporate power, the distribution of wealth and its consequences, alternative models of trade and commerce, starting a business, when I'll get to play music next, brewing beer, sustainable cities, integrating food production into city life, herbs and spices, worker's cooperatives, sugar and obesity, meeting somebody, what my next kitchen experiment will be, how many carcinogens are in the products I buy, nutrient content, recipes, how many more days til the weekend, how many more days til I go back to work, work, how bad ass nature is, how bad ass people can be, permaculture, lesson plans, violent revolution, the state of the world (laugh?cry?drink?maybe all three?) and how drastically different the human experience can be for people on this planet