Retrace where you’ve been to know where to go.

Not a very clear representation of the past (photo by the author from 1999)

“The past is for learning from and letting go. You can’t revisit it. It vanishes.”

— Adele Parks

There is something to be said for observing your past to find future clarity.

Whether it’s through writing down memories and analyzing them, going through photos, or doing something more focused like…

I’m learning my routes as I go.

A 17-year-old me, riffing away (photo by author’s mother)

“We are what we repeatedly do; therefore, excellence is not an act but a habit.”

— Aristotle

I’ve recently spent time pondering the statement, “you’re either a writer or a person that writes.” …

Inaction is the worst failure of them all.

Raising a toast to Mt. Bachelor wasn’t the hardest of actions, but at least it was taking action (photo by author)

“Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.”

— Napoleon Hill

I had a breakthrough a couple of days ago, and I’d like to share.

I took my drum set to a music gear exchange store

I’m unfortunately writing from experience.

Don’t go where you can’t see below (photo by author)

I’ve spent the past two weeks perusing 50,000 words worth of personal notes from years past to collate them into directives and ideas. I’ve tightened it up by almost 20,000 words, but more revision is required.

I also haven’t posted anything to Medium since then, so I’ll share what I’ve…

Decisions light the way (photo by me)

There are times in life where it feels like everything has run its course.

Our job is no longer fulfilling, individual relationships are stagnating, and the daily routine feels uninspired.

The place we live no longer feels like home, and with each passing day, we become more disconnected from it.

Reflect and Decide

I want to look like this again, though perhaps less like a bearded J.C. Penney model.

We tend to look for quick-fix solutions to long-standing problems, which is why the idea of fasting is so appealing. “I can lose weight quickly and benefit my body, and all I have to do is quit eating for certain times? Sign me up!”

In essence, it is that easy…

Mom and I at the Oregon coast in August 2002.

We only know what we learn from those who teach us. Sometimes our teachers are qualified to teach the material, and sometimes they are not.

Sometimes specific tools needed to live a healthy, balanced life are not afforded to us by those tasked with developing who we are.

Sometimes we…

A visual representation of attempting to emotionally resolve the truth and the ideal (photo by me)

We can create idealized versions of ourselves and others.

While having an idealized self to work towards is a noble pursuit, the other side of that is idealizing others and not seeing them for who they are, warts and all.

We might wonder why we create that narrative for ourselves…

My newest album (photo and design by me)

The catalyst that sparked this album was a difference of opinion with my parents. I asked them to respect my decision to be in a relationship with the woman I’ve been with for three and a half years, which they refused to do. …

Me from a couple of years ago at Cape Meares Lighthouse in Oregon.

This poem below was inspired by Amy Marley’s take on the idea of turning your name into a poem, as others inspired hers.

Journeying through life with an eye on creativity

Always doing his best to meet things with positivity

Serious when working, but always up for a laugh

Open…

Jason Vincion

I’m a brewer by trade, a writer of music and words, a photographer of nature, and an occasional retro gamer.

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