It’s actually one of the best things that could happen in our lifetime — here’s why.

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Even before I heard it would be making a return to the small screen, Stephen King’s The Stand kept coming to mind.

And if you, like me, grew up on dystopian sci-fi lit, how couldn’t it right now? Except for the supernatural elements, the story’s themes eerily parallel the present moment, and the overarching premise — a deadly pandemic spawning a new social order — could very well be what we are headed towards.

As far as the United States is concerned, it all depends on the outcome of more push-pull politics. Millions of unemployed Americans without a net are…

Seven tips for raising your blogging game to epic heights.

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Many years ago I watched an interview with the virtuosic, classically trained musician Mike Stern, one of my favorite guitarists of the 1970s-1980s jazz fusion era. The topic was playing music with Miles Davis, and I’ll never forget one of his answers.

Interviewer: “How do you improvise so naturally without ever making a mistake?”

Mike Stern: “I think about everything I’ve ever learned, then I forget all of it the second I step onto the stage.”

There’s a universal truth in the zen quality of Mike’s answer. …

The Walkabout’s origin story.

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Hi Internet Brothers and Sisters,

I’m Chris, a freelance copywriter, currently based in the Heartland U.S.A., and I’m writing to give you an idea of who I am and why I founded The Walkabout, a new Medium publication focusing on stories of transformation, healing, and renewal.

These are topics for which I have a personal connection, as I’ve been on a journey of transformation, healing, and renewal ever since leaving my Midwestern hometown as a boy in 2000 only to return 20 years later as a man with a wife and daughter.

My journey hasn’t been easy. I’ve had plenty…

A bit of background on our mission, principles, and values.

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“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” -Jiddu Krishnamurti

Welcome to The Walkabout, a publication for a new era of individual and societal transformation, healing, and renewal.

Like the Australian Aboriginal rite of passage from which this pub draws its name, The Walkabout is a journey we all go through in mind, body, and spirit. It’s a voyage of self-discovery, leaving the comfort of the known to uncover deeper truths about ourselves and our place in the world. It’s questioning the status quo, learning from challenging experiences, and embracing a new perspective.

Crucial lessons from my first year as a father

Here I am in a moment of father-daughter bliss on our first family camping trip. Timothy Lake, Oregon, Summer 2020.

In what was both the shortest and longest year of my lifetime — time, I learned in 2020, makes no sense when the birth of a child meets a global pandemic — my daughter, Paz, turned one last week.

Here are some of the most important lessons I’ve learned in this first year of her life.

Keeping a flexible schedule is an absolute necessity

I’m a person who thrives on a regimented schedule. Before my daughter was born, I got up at 6:30 every morning, meditated for 20 minutes, got dressed, cooked breakfast, and packed a lunch. …

A Vision Quest (Hambleche) retrospective

My birthing lodge surrounded by willow poles for Vision Quest. June 2020.

I had prepared for nearly five months, so why was I so weak?

It’s only the end of my first day of Vision Quest, yet I’m dogged by a rising suspicion that maybe I’m not up to the rigorous mental, physical, and emotional demands of the next two-and-a-half days.

No food or water, alone, and in complete darkness, except for when I need to go outside and pee or poop — there is a nearby latrine the community members dug for that.

Had I shortcut the process of purification? Why is this happening?

I go to the ground to reassess…

Three of the most important life lessons illustrated by a 5k victory

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I recently ran a 5k race that reinforced some important lessons about life.

But before I get to them, here’s what happened.

I showed up early to the race site on a crisp Fall day, then warmed up with a 20 minute jog. I stripped off my sweatpants, did a few stretches, and walked to the starting line, positioning myself close to the front of 500-plus other runners and walkers lined up.

I’d put in the work, and I was here to compete among the top runners. I was planning on a podium finish — top three.

The race director…

I had to leave my digital comfort zone to figure this out.

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I recently wrote an Instagram post that made me feel uncomfortable — and it’s exactly what I needed.

At around 10:30 p.m., when my wife and I climbed into bed, ready to call it a day, I realized I still had one thing left to do: Post about my last run in Portland with a trail runner buddy named Yassine.

But this wasn’t a typical highlight reel kind of post.

In it, I reflected on my life and where I was five years ago when I met Yassine, which was out of shape and just getting back into running after…

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