Same Person, New Places

March 4th marked three months since I left Canada, or as my brother Ryan put it, “quarter year =0”

My brother asked me, “hows it feel?”

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Deep conversation with my brother. We good linguists, eh?

So far, traveling doesn’t feel too far outside my comfort zone, but I’ve also been at the same place the whole time almost.

Next month, my girlfriend Jessica (who I met on Tinder) and I will be traveling Southeast Asia – Indonesia, Malaysia, then Thailand. We will be gone about seven weeks in total. That will feel a bit more like traveling.

Since I’ve been gone, I have realized that in my life, three main ideologies have remained absolutely the same. Those three things are: hydration, sleep, and jollyness.

Let me elaborate…


You will never see me without a water bottle in hand, nearby, or in my bag. If you catch me without one, you can be sure that I am stressing out about it, or openly admitting my discomfort for not having H20 at my disposal. Naheer Hirji, can attest to how stressed out I can get if I don’t have water, especially in Mexico.

I think the water thing is kind of like an addiction I have that began when I was binge drinking a lot back in my party days. When you party lots, you’re dehydrated lots, because alcohol dehydrates you. Now I seem to require water kind of as a safety net at all times – hungover or straight up it’s always necessary to have it around.


Me with water hiking the Queen Charlotte Track. Just a couple sips of water left, but man am I so stoked about it.

I realize now it’s not the worst thing in the world, it can just be slightly annoying. I slam water left, right, and centre, which leads to lots of bathroom breaks. It’s also annoying having to carry around a water bottle all the time, but I’m long over it.

I don’t see it as a bad thing – most people do not consume enough water on a daily basis, whereas I sometimes think I have too much water daily. As quoted off Lone Survivor, “anything in life worth doing is worth overdoing” so if it’s overdoing my water consumption, I think that’s better than like, doing a bunch of weed or something.

Sometimes I think that if I could go back to school I might study water – stuff like the purity, how to turn salt water into drinkable water, or some other crap about hydration. Hydration is important to me, and that hasn’t changed since I left Canada, and won’t change when I leave New Zealand. Slamming water is a big constant in my life.

Another thing I think I might be interested in studying, should I use the DeLorean and time travel backwards, is sleep. Which leads me to my next love:


I don’t care if you need to sleep four hours a day to function properly, or ten hours a day to function properly, you gotta get your hours in.

The owner at my work rarely gets six hours, yet he’s givin’er a buck fourty all day long. Personally, I need at least eight to function optimally.


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