At the cusp of a new day, week, month or year, most of us take a little time to reflect on our lives by looking back over the past and ahead into the future. We ponder the successes, failures and standout events that are slowly scripting our life’s story. This process of self-reflection helps us maintain a conscious awareness of where we’ve been and where we intend to go. It is pertinent to the organization and preservation of our long-term goals and happiness.
The questions below will help you with this process. Because when it comes to finding meaning in life, asking the right questions is the answer.
In one sentence, who are you? A badass mountain biking chef, scientist and artist.
Why do you matter? I usally don't ask or answer "why" questions, but I matter because I constantly try to bring change to the world.
What is your life motto? Underneath these clothes, I am completely naked!
What’s something you have that everyone wants? Joie de Vivre
What is missing in your life? A mate.
What’s been on your mind most lately? SantaCon
Happiness is a ________? A sleepy morning under the covers (with someone cuddly).
What stands between you and happiness? Nothing. I'm pretty happy.
What do you need most right now? A big infusion of cash would allow me to retire. I need a new house.
What does the child inside you long for? Someone to play with.
What is one thing right now that you are totally sure of? I CAN DO IT!
What’s been bothering you lately? My mountain bike club going to a shitty bar instead of some place nice.
What are you scared of? Disease.
What has fear of failure stopped you from doing? Nothing. I don't have fear of failure.
What will you never give up on? Falling in love.
What do you want to remember forever? Can't think of anything.
What makes you feel secure? Warmth.
Which activities make you lose track of time? Mountain biking and sex.
What’s the most difficult decision you’ve ever made? Leaving relationships.
What’s the best decision you’ve ever made? Getting divorced.
What are you most grateful for? My health.
What is worth the pain? Running a marathon.
In order of importance, how would you rank: happiness, money, love, health, fame? Happiness, love, health, money, fame.
What is something you’ve always wanted, but don’t yet have? A hot tub.
What was the most defining moment in your life during this past year? Getting her number!
What’s the number one change you need to make in your life in the next twelve months? Lose 20#
What’s the number one thing you want to achieve in the next five years? Buy a new house and retire.
What is something you claim to understand that you really do not? Chemistry.
In one sentence, what do you wish for your future self? To be a better musician.
What worries you most about the future? My retirement fund collapsing.
When you look into the past, what do you miss most? My hair.
What’s something from the past that you don’t miss at all? The woman I was married to.
What recently reminded you of how fast time flies? Happy hour.
What is the biggest challenge you face right now? Deciding to leave my job.
In one word, how would you describe your personality? Driven.
What never fails to frustrate you? Social groups filled with people who are willing to settle for less.
What are you known for by your friends and family? Living a big full life!
What’s something most people don’t know about you? I love cute feet.
What’s a common misconception people have about you? Many think the fact that i don't like a situation means that I don't like the person behind it.
What’s something a lot of people do that you disagree with? Settle for less.
What’s a belief you hold with which many people disagree? God is an invisible man who lives in the sky with magical powers.
What’s something that’s harder for you than it is for most people? Walking away.
What are the top three qualities you look for in a friend? Wierd, smart and fun.
If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow that person to be your friend? As long as they wish.
When you think of ‘home,’ what, specifically, do you think of? My house.
What’s the most valuable thing you own? Aside form my car or house, my tandem mountain bike.
If you had to move 3000 miles away, what would you miss most? The Jedidiah Smith Bike Trail...and the heat of Sacramento.
What would make you smile right now? A pretty face zeroing in to kiss me.
What do you do when nothing else seems to make you happy? Drink.
What do you wish did not exist in your life? People who claim to be my friends, but are not.
What should you avoid to improve your life? Alcohol.
What is something you would hate to go without for a day? Meat.
What’s the biggest lie you once believed was true? That my employer cares.
What’s something bad that happened to you that made you stronger? Divorce.
What’s something nobody could ever steal from you? My integrity.
What’s something you disliked when you were younger that you truly enjoy today? Running.
What are you glad you quit? Smoking.
What do you need to spend more time doing? Pumping iron.
What are you naturally good at? Understanding complex machinery.
What have you been counting or keeping track of recently? Calories.
What has the little voice inside your head been saying lately? Don't settle for less.
What’s something you should always be careful with? Posting my opinion on line and leaving voice mail when drunk.
What should always be taken seriously? The feelings of my friends.
What should never be taken seriously? The law.
What are three things you can’t get enough of? Kissing, wine and mountain biking.
What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? I don't care if anyone judges me anyway.
What fascinates you? Beauty.
What’s the difference between being alive and truly living? Living puts you out in the world.
What’s something you would do every day if you could? Have sex.
At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive? When I finished the Death Ride.
Which is worse, failing or never trying? Never trying.
What makes you feel incomplete? Most of my friends don't seem very genuine.
When did you experience a major turning point in your life? When I got divorced.
What or who do you wish you lived closer to? My nieces.
If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be? Life is for living! Throw away your god damn tv sets!
What’s something you know you can count on? People will flake out on me.
What makes you feel comfortable? Wine and close friends.
What’s something about you that has never changed? I feel alone in a crowd.
What will be different about your life in exactly one year? I'll be stronger.
What mistakes do you make over and over again? I am so in love with the idea of being in love, that I try to fall in love with whoever is handy.
What do you have a hard time saying “no” to? Any request for help from a friend.
Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing? I'm doing what I believe in.
What’s something that used to scare you, but no longer does? The idea of being beaten up by punks.
What promise to yourself do you still need to fulfill? Learn to play music better.
What do you appreciate most about your current situation? I'm free to do whatever I want.
What’s something simple that makes you smile? Laughter from my friends.
So far, what has been the primary focus of your life? Having fun and enriching experiences.
How do you know when it’s time to move on? When I'm getting angry for no reason.
What’s something you wish you could do one more time? Take a mountain bike trip to Moab.
When you’re 90-years-old, what will matter to you the most? Being cognizant. Once I begin to lose it, I'll very likely self-terminate.
What would you regret not fully doing, being, or having in your life? I'm the kind of guy who acts on my desires. I would regret becoming someone who doesn't.