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☀️ The Good Life - 07/21/2023 - Retirement training

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

I took the day off work to learn how to retire. The place where I work offers classes for those at the end of their careers, in order to teach us how to go away. Really, I don’t know what they teach. But, I’ve watched several of my friends at work go through this process. They go to the class, receive some special instruction, and then begin the countdown of months and weeks until they are gone. I never asked anyone what they learn at the class and nobody ever volunteered to tell. It just felt like a taboo, secret subject, like something for some reason nobody should discuss, like politics, religion and money, an off limits topic for polite society. I guess I’ll find out today. It’s probably just a bunch of boring facts about taxes and stuff like that. Maybe that’s why nobody ever talks about it? There’s maybe simply nothing very interesting to say.

I decided to take this class a little early because Yumiko is going before me, and her work offers no such training, and I’m hoping to learn something that might help ease her transition. I also want to get this over with because I’m a little scared. I’m afraid to learn I’ve done something wrong. In fact, I’m absolutely certain I did many things wrong along the way during the course of my working life, and consequences are waiting. I just keep telling myself I’ll deal with such challenges as they arise. But I really hope they don’t kick me off the bus today. In some ways, I know I do deserve to get kicked off the bus. Maybe they’ll just tell me I must sit at the back. I guess it’s time to find out…


The Good Life Meditation serves as a daily compass, orienting me towards personal objectives and principles essential for a purposeful existence within an indifferent universe. Further your understanding of The Good Life by visiting my website,, or delve into my book Going Alone—hardcover recommended. Get a signed copy here. 📚✍️

🎯 OBJECTIVES: 1. Be Always Ready to Die ☠️ 2. Make Good Use of Time and Resources ⏳🛠️ 3. Develop Good and Sound Life Principles 📜🦉 4. Cultivate Good Emotional Reactions 😌💡 5. Perform Good Actions 🤝✅ 6. Recognize True Limits and Opportunity 🚪🔍 7. One Thing Slowly 🐢🧘‍♂️

8. Maintain Balance ⚖️

📜 PRINCIPLES: 1. Principle of War ⚔️ 2. Principle of Reason 🧠 3. Homunculus 👤 4. Anchorhold ⚓ 5. Home of Good and Evil 😇😈 6. Principle of Purpose 🎯 7. Atomic Principle ⚛️ 8. Principle of Nature 🌳 9. The Pirate Ride 🏴‍☠️ 10. Principle of Maturity 🌱➡️🌳 11. Social Principle 🤝

12. Principle of Family 👨‍👩‍👧 13. Public Speaking 🗣️ 14. Temperance 🍷➡️💧 15. Life Will Not Go Well ⛈️ 16. The Horror Show 🎭😱 17. That Which Must Be Borne 🎒 18. The Feast of Offal 🗑️🍽️ 19. Distraction 📵 20. Agency and The Great Indifference ⚙️🌌 21. The Best Seat in the House 🛋️ 22. The Restless Man 👣 23. The Path of Wildness 🌲🛤️ 24. The Great Life Adventure 🗺️ 25. The Risk of Avoiding Risk 🎲 26. Sin and Damnation 😈🔥 27. Complete Oblivion 🕳️ 28. The Season of Philosophy 📚

29. Scriptwriting 🖋️📜 30. Bullseye Aim 🎯 31. The Uphill Climb ⛰️ 32. Arena and Utility 🏟️🔧 33. Nothing IS enough 0️⃣ 34. The Principle of Fun 🎉

35. Being Ready 🚀

🌄📚🚶‍♂️ Kurt Bell is a passionate explorer, dedicated family man, and author of books such as "Going Alone" and "No More Looking Out For Number One." Born in America in 1964, he integrates Stoic philosophy into his physical and philosophical journeys. Today's venture on The Path of Wildness embodies this harmonious blend of exploration and mindful living. While Kurt savors these moments and looks forward to future adventures, he remains ever prepared for life's end, ready to depart without a single backwards glance.

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