When you find yourself in a funk, one that has prolonged for years, and every time you look yourself in the mirror, if you feel blah, or meh, or simply unenthused, it may be time for some active changes. That’s the sort of feeling I had this past year. I was tired of the short beard, the steel earrings I’ve had since I was in my late teens, and my overall look. It’s easy to get too comfortable, to get into a routine, because modern life simply is that way at times. You get up, you get ready and goto work, you come home and you’re too tired to care about much else. It’s no way to live. And stale is no way to be.
One of the world’s most powerful compounds for natural healing comes from a plant that is among the most demonized in history. Cannabis has been labeled a drug for decades, demonized by media and political interests, outlawed with many criminalized and looked down on for even the merest mention of the plant. Now, with the advent of the internet, the truth has been able to work its way out of condemnation and into the hearts and minds of millions across the country. And that truth is that cannabis is among the most healing of plants known to man. But there’s also a lot one must understand.
Music touches the soul, and without it, I would argue one has yet to truly live. I would also argue that travel expands the mind, and without it, one has yet to truly live. Being an audiophile and a traveler, like myself, can present a challenge, as it’s tricky to travel, yet appreciate music in your everyday routine, which is how I like it. For, without music in my everyday experience, I feel stale, sluggish, a bit depressive, and tend to find myself wallowing in a funk. Music is what touches my soul, and it’s what gets me moving, and makes me feel such a variety of emotions, that without music, I don’t see how one is truly human; for without the vibe and melody of music moving through ones bones, how can you well up with emotion, or bob your head with the beat of the fire inside?
In life, and in travel, I would argue that there is no better feeling than that of endless possibilities. To feel relief from a long, cramped trip through the air, to then retrieve your luggage from the carousel and to venture out from the concourse. A rush of new possibilities can overcome the newfound adventurer like few other experiences in life. With new opportunities in a new land, with new smells, of fresh air, and new people, comes a beautiful freeing and opening of ones mind and world, which is an experience that everyone should have at one point or another.
Autumn is a time of the year that I look forward to throughout the previous three seasons, not only because the leaves are changing, the cool weather is moving in so that I can wear my favorite sweaters and flannels, nor because it’s pumpkin season, Halloween, and the segue into the holidays. No, there’s something much more beautiful that signals my anticipation for fall. And that is football. Every Saturday starting in September and going through the end of November is considered a holiday in my family. It’s something more holy than Christmas, and more intense than the scariest of Halloweens.
The reason hemp has been such a hot topic as of late is because we are in the middle of a momentum shift, moving away from the stone aged mindset that cannabis sativa is a harmful drug and finally toward the intelligent perspective that hemp can do a whole lot of good. For decades, cannabis has been condemned, ostracized and full on smeared by corporate and political interests. But as the invention of the internet took hold like a wildfire, the truth has come out and the masses have moved toward learning that cannabis has a myriad of uses and benefits.
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