Night Life

I basically no longer have a night life. When I first committed to meditating, it was a major struggle to force myself to stay at home rather than going out drinking with my friends. I just loved the excitement and adrenaline rush of getting a little crazy, and not doing so seemed like an empty and boring Friday night. Last week I found myself out in town at night for the first time in a while and everything felt a little bit off. That crazy energy that I used to ride for entertainment felt very confused and selfish. I didn’t miss that environment.

But what about my social needs or desires? I love spending quality time with people in a genuine way yet these situations seem few and far between. I’ve become pretty content entertaining myself and focusing on my personal growth, but it seems like there’s something more out there. I feel some momentum building but I’m not exactly sure what direction it’s heading. The important thing is to stay equanimous through the changes, but I also don’t want to avoid a higher energy state. I’m excited to see what the next year bring. Time to meditate.

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About Ryan Shelton

While I'm currently married to a beautiful woman while teaching physics at Padua Academy, these descriptors fail to capture the totality of my adventurous life. I have hiked over 1700 miles, traveled to 5 continents, managed a bakery, started a meditation center, counseled troubled teens, attended Duke, UNC, and Harvard, protected forests as a wildland firefighter, volunteered thousands of hours with Americorps, rafted the Grand Canyon, SCUBA dived on the Great Barrier Reef, and continues to find new adventures. I hope my writing encourages you to pursue your dreams and be the best version of yourself while supporting your communities to work together to solve the current challenges in our world.

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