Forecast for the Future

"Every individual without exception bears a potential writer within himself. The reason is that everyone has trouble accepting the fact that he will disappear unheard of and unnoticed in an indifferent universe, and everyone wants to make himself into a universe of words before it's too late. 

Once the writer in every individual comes to life (and that time is not that far off), we are in for an age of universal deafness and lack of understanding."

- Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Monday, February 2, 2009

Hyperliving 2009

Among the many places I'd like to visit in 2009 is Bannerman Island, seen here from a Metro North train

So here we are. February 1, 2009, the Super Bowl has just been played and the next steps are about to begin.

As teased, I am indeed restarting Hyperliving for 2009, albeit in a different format. This time around I am going to go a little easier on myself and rather than doing 52 weekly projects (or 23, for that matter), I'm instead going to do 11 monthly projects. These projects won't generally include daily activity, but will be focused around a general top theme and will include monthly goals as well as perhaps one or two "standard Hyperliving weeklong experiments". I'm sort of making it up as I go along, so we'll have to see where I go.

Among the topics I plan to cover this year include physical/spiritual detoxing, risk taking, urban ascetism, financial management, exercise, and, of course, some music/art projects. 

One of the toughest parts of staying committed to Hyperliving last year was simply staying committed to keeping on top of my posting game. Continuing to write and post day-in and day-out when you have plenty of other things to do can wear you down and become a significant challenge, and overcoming that challenge is no easy task. Additionally, one of the most unexpected struggles I experienced in Hyperliving were with the writing-specific projects I undertook. I think that the fact that I had expectations for them--rather than many of the other projects, where I had no experience and therefore was willing to accept any outcome that involved allowing me to move on to the next step--is why I had a tough time. Well, in 2009, no more.

My project for February 2009 is going to be "Writing", which includes most specifically that I am going to begin posting blog entries daily to my old and now resuscitated blog Slang Editorial. I just figured out how to post entries by simply emailing them to a certain address (I know old news), and it's like doors in my life have been opened. This month expect a flurry of blog entries that will hopefully set the stage for some continued and sustainable activity on my behalf. And beyond the blogging, I have a few other writing projects in mind for the months, but I will announce those as they come.

It's a slow and simple start for the year, but it feels right, so here's to Hyperliving 2009 and the hopes that my pathways of life continue to grow and expand and that new doors continue to open.

Also..... one month down of no smoking. And oddly, I feel like I miss it more every day.

Jeffrey Beaumont

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