Read “100 things that made my year (2017)” first.
- I lost one friend, Travis Mazer, way too early. Travis was one of the first people I met at the University of Michigan and we remained friends after he graduated and went on to become researcher at University of Washington St. Louis. He was working on human longevity and I have no doubt he would have made significant progress in his life if he had been able to continue. He was funny and brilliant. The last time I saw him, maybe a month before he died unexpectedly, he promised to help me become biologically immortal in exchange for taking him to, well, an asian brothel… Travis had a fun ability to make serious discussions silly. He once told everyone at the Young Americans for Liberty convention that Ron Paul had delivered him as a baby.
- Burnout this year was bad. I traveled too much, stretched my attentions too thin, and spent too much time “plugged in.” I had to do some serious work to rediscover the love for my work and writing, cutting the things I hated unplugging, and exploring new opportunities that have helped me grow beyond where I felt stuck and tired.
- Inbox bankruptcy. I’ve been bad about responding to things that don’t directly relate to Praxis this year and that has caused no doubt some ill feelings from others who deserved better from me. It also caused me a hell of a lot of stress as the messages accumulated. Small things become big things quickly when they go unaddressed.
- The consequences of twice picking the wrong people to work with over the last few years. Stress, lost money and bitter emotions were all avoidable had I taken the signs that something was wrong more seriously.
- Not having a full time home long after I had decided that constant travel was not something I wanted to continue. As great as being a “digital nomad” can be, I don’t think it’s possible to be as productive without having some send of regularity in your life. I lost out on a lot of valuable time, energy and happiness because I didn’t address it quickly enough.
I’m sure there are loads of other things but I prefer not to dwell on the negative. Onwards.