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☀️ The Good Life - 08/02/2023 - Deliberate sailing

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

Every past life transition has happened without my knowing. I went from child to adult, unexpected; single, to married, to father like a fast train passing through tunnels; from rich man to destitute in a ruinous flash of light; gaijin to project manager on a gambler’s risky throw of the dice. Each of these changes coming as through a hurricane, while I struggled to understand how and what to do, working to keep the ship right against great energies seemingly beyond my control. These life milestones then just happened, sometimes without my notice, as I was simply too busy, distracted, foolish and immature to see life’s episodes and chapters slowly passing me by.

But now, the storm has seemingly stopped... The water is flat and calm and dark with apparent depth. And with the clouds parting, I see now that I was wrong about the time. It isn’t evening, but simply late afternoon, not even 3:00 PM! There’s still plenty of daylight yet to sail. And clear skies with a gentle breeze. Oh, sure, maybe the boat’ll spring a leak and I’ll suddenly sink. But that’s always been an accepted risk.

So now, I’ll go on towards old age no longer unexpected, not letting the big changes happen beyond my control, but instead by my own better steering and by a more decided, directed and experienced way, finding my own more willful course and deliberate route to the end. Why not? The only other option is to just bob around out here like a silly cork waiting for night. So, let’s do this. It should be fun!

It’s time now to get out the maps and the binoculars, the sextant, compass and sails. It’s time to gauge the wind, read the sky, measure the stars and hoist the sails. It’s time now to stop drifting about like the lost sailor I’ve always been, and to instead begin sailing like the more capable captain I have struggled all my life to become.


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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My name is Kurt Bell

Learn more about The Good Life in my book Going Alone

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