A New Life

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For the past six years or more I have traveled North America pretty much non-stop. I have eaten at almost every Denny’s, slept in almost every type of creepy hotel, and have seen miles and miles of highway. I have met some of the most amazing people that you will ever want to meet and I have met some of the craziest people you never want to meet. I have fallen asleep in one city, woke up in another city that is in a completely different state.


I have been stationary (no, not the pad of paper on your desk – that is with an ‘e’.) for the past two months and it just hit me three days ago. I was sitting outside with some friends letting the food, from the massive meal that Ann Marie cooked for us, settle. As they were talking I found myself looking out to the sky and realizing that I did not have to be anywhere. I didn’t have to make sure I knew what time bus call was, I didn’t have to do an interview – in fact, I didn’t have to do ANYTHING but let the large amount of food that was in my belly make me wish I wore a moo-moo or some sweat pants. It was the strangest feeling ever.

So three days ago, I stopped smoking and I am doing good. I love the act of not smoking, not because it is healthier for you and not because I do not smell like an ashtray or anything like that. It is because of all the strange things you find yourself doing to counter the cravings of wanting to have a cigarette. For example, at first, I thought I would just drink hot tea; you know green tea, etc. Then it progressed to drinking more Dr. Pepper (if you know me you know I already drink excessively much Dr. Pepper -so I have been told) and eating Peanut Chews. Filling up my trashcan with Dr Pepper bottles and candy wrappers, I had another wonderful idea.

I woke up yesterday and said to Mylie, “I am going to start getting up early in the morning and ride my bike.” I had such great ideas how these early morning rides would be so awesome. I will carry my camera with me and write about the things I see and take photos of the world around me. These ideas very Diseny-esque – you know so prefect you could skip along singing a song while the birds and other animals danced around you. These early morning bike rides are going to be great!!

The next morning the alarm went off at 7am, oh yes -Hello Morning, how great it is to see you! Ok, no it was not like that at all – it was more like ‘OH GOD, WHY DID YOU MAKE THE SUN SO EVIL AND BRIGHT?!”

I was on a mission and I was going to start this new life habit of enjoying the little things in life. So around 9am, I got out of bed. What? It was only an hour or two of hitting the snooze button. Anyway, I got up checked my emails and got excited to see that some of you left me comments on the recent posts. (I love comments so keep them coming.) I played around on the computer for a little while longer and around 12 (noon) I grabbed my bike and went for my early morning ride. The ride was awesome and it was so nice, if you ignored the heat, the sweat, and the fact that I have not ridden a bike in almost 7 years.

Overall, I think it was a good start and I plan to do it everyday – and yes, I am planning to actually make it, one day, a morning ride. I just have to break into it slowly. – I will keep you posted!.

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  • Ann Marie1

    August 20, 2008

    Hooray to not smoking and riding your bike! Thanks for the shout out πŸ™‚

  • Lauren2

    August 20, 2008

    You go, Jason!

    New life patterns are hard to establish, but you’re used to hard work and practice. Don’t be discouraged if you stumble a little. (For example, I would like to be a morning person, but I am up working at 4 am. Hey, wait, I guess that *really* makes me a morning person!)

    I’m working on meditating every day. It’s challenging to keep it up, to make room for it. But I think what you’re getting at is basically the same thing, about really being present, appreciating the small things… I’m taking your bike riding as extra inspiration for me to continue with my meditation. (I thought about creating a once-a-day check in Facebook group just to keep motivated.)

    Thank you!

    Congrats on quitting smoking. I hear it’s crazy tough. You know, when I met you, you didn’t even eat refined sugar… πŸ˜‰

  • jaxin3

    August 20, 2008


    It’s good to hear that you’re getting such a great start to your “stationary” life. You deserve it. <3

    I just recently rode a bike for the first time in about ten years. I thought I was going to die! Good luck on the bike rides. πŸ˜‰

    – Kelly


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