I’ve never set still. It’s not in my nature. My parents struggled with it because I became bored so very easily (now that I have a puppy, I understand their plight…). I occupied my time with every book, piece of information, and hobby I could possibly get my hands on. Needless to say, I grew into a particularly busy person.
In high school, I engaged in advanced classes, drama club, chamber choir, show choir, performance contest, and cross country. I was still bored. I read voraciously and became an avid music fan. All it did was whet my appetite for more knowledge, more activity, and more experience.
In college, I continued my endeavor, often becoming bored with my studies in the pursuit of everything else (note: this is clearly not good advice for those desiring a decent GPA and class presidency). Soon I found myself swallowed up. In my pursuit, I forgot an important truth: the needs come before the wants.
After graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering, I was acutely aware of the need to balance my needs and my wants. After searching and exploring, trying and failing, stumbling and succeeding over and over and over again, I found a level of peace, calm, and balance that I had not experienced before in my life.
But the journey took its toll. I had bounced around jobs (owed partly to a bad economy) and states, trying to find my place in the world. I was tired, I had burned out over and over again. I knew that the body of knowledge I had unearthed was powerful, but scattered; the product of years of searching and trying.
With my new-found calm and motivation, I decided to give what I could to my community, and nothing short of the most powerful gift I could give would do. I milled on the topic and after many attempts to create what you see now, here it is.
So this is my impetus. You have it at your finger-tips. This is the culmination of years of searching, continued digestion of scientific and practical advice, and the adamant desire to share with others that which has made such an immense difference in my life: knowledge.
Comment and enjoy, converse and inspire, and above all, learn. It is how we grow. It is how we become everything we want to be, starting now.