My friend Nathan who I met back in the Summer of 2010 said something to me then that has stuck with me ever since:

‘It’s always nice to meet other passionate, energetic people who like to not just talk, but do things.’

This really resonated with me, and it gave me a boost of confidence during a challenging time that I was going through.   It turned out the friendships that formed during this period of my life enabled Spirit of the Gulf Coast to become a reality and for many positive changes to take place as a result.  Doing things in this context is something that I continually aspire to, especially when they help make the world a better place to live.

I have always prided myself on ‘doing things’ that many people think are crazy, irrational, impractical, dangerous, etc.  This is what makes me feel alive.  These are the things that bring joy to my life, and often the lives of others.  I’ve come to realize lately that although many of my adventures are done as part of my own personal journey, they have affected many others, some of which I don’t even know about. Btw, if you missed my last post on the 2010 recap, it has a quick summary of the highlights that you can check out here.

Brandon Sutton SkydivingIf you’re reading this, perhaps you are one of the people that enjoy this type of adventure.  Or maybe you feel as if you aren’t ready to do something yourself, but want to experience through someone else’s writing.  Either way, I’m glad you’re reading.  I hope some of my ‘doing things’ will inspire you to take a leap in your own life.

One of the things that I’m paying close attention to this year is the balance of reading vs. doing.  See, I love to read.  I love reading so much that sometimes I don’t make time to do my own things, or at least document my doing them.  I read countless blog posts, books, etc. from people just like me that are out there doing things in the world and sharing these experiences in a way that inspires others to take action.  This is an area that I’m going to be improving in 2011.  I’m building the confidence that I have just as much to offer as anyone else, so you can expect to see more of this kind of post in the future.

This year, I will continue to make enhancements here on my blog, and I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the journey for anyone who is interested in this kind of living.  My hope is that I will build more connections with other like-minded people that also like doing things.  The tribe continues to grow, and I’m forever grateful for this opportunity to share my journey with the rest of the world.

And so, with that, I’d love to hear what you think.  What are you doing that you want the world to know about?  How to you balance talking vs. doing?

Photo: Skydiving, NYE 2005