I turned 30 on June 8th 2013. Almost immediately I felt this “thing” click internally. I’ve been struggling to put this “feeling” into words.
My best friend Obi (who also turned 30 a few months prior) and I had a long conversation about this “feeling/thing”. The conversation had phrases like “less time for bullshit” or “more focused”, “more purposeful in pursuit”, etc.
Alas, I have a explanation of what turning 30 is doing to me, and perhaps Obi as well… it is forcing me to adopt minimalism:
Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.
via The Minimalists Pitch
I only realized this after a friend directed me to The Minimalists and their definition of minimalism.
My flavor of minimalism though will be centered around my faith and my family! I will try to do a better job of documenting this journey, perhaps it will help someone else?
Did turning 30 have a similar effect on you?
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
first, what is a goal?
- the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.
- the terminal point in a race.
the problem, I am finding, with setting goals is that I expect to achieve a specific result at a specific time, forgoing, and not enjoying the process of achieving the goal.
For example, “run a marathon”… after I’ve achieved that goal, I start looking for the next thing. I wish I continued to do the things that got me in shape to run the races I did this year (read: I currently feel severely out of shape).
I vow to enjoy the process (and make it a habit) and not just seek the end goal.
#FailTip: Respond to emotion with reason or reason with emotion.
Imagine this, we took a look at the identities of 52 African countries, and tried to re-interpret them in fresh modern ways… with t-shirts as our initial canvas.
I am soo geeked to see years of work poured into this project, finally starting to come alive. Huge shoutout to to my dear friend Obi
We are working on quality, fulfillment, quality, and the best approach to tell the world about our awesome project.
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here is how:
two things to note here:
#1 – you could write this code as:
but I needed to pass my doSignOut eventhandler a parameter. In order to do this, I ended up passing an anonymous function and then calling my handler method in there.
#2 – The documentation for adobe air is great – sometimes. for example I googled “cancel air.Event.CLOSING” and this article came up: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/AIR/1.5/devappshtml/WS5b3ccc516d4fbf351e63e3d118666ade46-7ecf.html … I was ecstatic, there was even a header “Canceling default event behavior” which says “Call the
preventDefault() method to cancel the default behavior associated with an event.” which is exactly what I needed.
But it is never mentioned how to pass the calling event. I had always handled events using the syntax in #1 above, so for a little while there I thought to myself, “how the heck can I call preventDefault() on an event object that I don’t even have a handle on”.
After some tinkering with the syntax, I realized that I needed to pass an anonymous function anyways and give that function a parameter which would be the event.
Lastly, is it too much to ask for the documentation to give a code snippet – in this case, how to call
preventDefault() or is it more fruitful to leave it as an exercise for the user… eennhhh I don’t know.