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

Not a very clear representation of the past (photo by the author from 1999)
Not a very clear representation of the past (photo by the author from 1999)
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 the Past Authoring Program, any of these approaches allow you to assess where you’ve been and where you want to go.

I’m currently approaching this process by going through the entirety of my sonic, written, and photographic history, which spans close to 30 years.

It’s a little rough to observe…


I’m learning my routes as I go.

A 17-year-old me, riffing away (photo by author’s mother)
A 17-year-old me, riffing away (photo by author’s mother)
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.” As someone that has a hard time posting something more than every couple of weeks, I likely fall into the latter camp.

My writing leans towards self-awareness posts, and ultimately, I’m posting for myself. It’s my internal voice telling my brain to get with the program.

The writing helps me focus on my main interest, which is music, as it has been for over half of my…


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)
Raising a toast to Mt. Bachelor wasn’t the hardest of actions, but at least it was taking action (photo by author)
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 to trade it for a guitar pedal. I hadn’t had the drums assembled in years, and the guitar pedal will help me further explore ambient horizons, as I’m playing guitar regularly.

I traded in the gear the store needed for the pedal I wanted and got a little money on…


I’m unfortunately writing from experience.

Don’t go where you can’t see below (photo by author)
Don’t go where you can’t see below (photo by author)
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 learned going through those notes, then get back to sifting.

01. Don’t Be an Agreeable People-Pleaser

People will like you for who you are or they won’t. You don’t have to go out of your way to make people like you, as no one is keeping score. Live life as you see fit and join people…


Decisions light the way (photo by me)
Decisions light the way (photo by me)
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

These revelations come with making the decision to deeply reflect on the life we choose to live, and analyzing what works for us and what doesn’t.

After coming to conclusions about the choices that got us here, more decisions require us to figure out what to do about our current…


I want to look like this again, though perhaps less like a bearded J.C. Penney model.
I want to look like this again, though perhaps less like a bearded J.C. Penney model.
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, but it’s a habit that you have to integrate with discipline and perseverance into your routine.

How It Works

The benefits of fasting start around 12 hours after eating, as it takes the body that amount of time to burn the glycogen (glucose) in the food consumed.

After the glycogen stores deplete, the…


Mom and I at the Oregon coast in August 2002.
Mom and I at the Oregon coast in August 2002.
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 have to take the initiative to learn on our own or find new teachers to help us grow.

Identifying the Issue

Something that I’ve had an issue with is the idea of love. For many years, I felt love was something that we had to fight to keep. …


A visual representation of attempting to emotionally resolve the truth and the ideal (photo by me)
A visual representation of attempting to emotionally resolve the truth and the ideal (photo by me)
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, but it might be as simple as having those people represent what we want them to, rather than accepting them for who they are — that is where the disconnect happens.

When their true selves present in opposition to the ideal we’ve held those people to, we find ourselves withdrawing…


My newest album (photo and design by me)
My newest album (photo and design by me)
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. I wrote more about this in my “Fighting the Urge to Be Lazy” article, but the gist is that this was the first time we had strongly disagreed on anything, and it threw my whole mindset asunder.

Every memory I had of them and everything else in life permanently shattered (thus the title). It made me question…


Me from a couple of years ago at Cape Meares Lighthouse in Oregon.
Me from a couple of years ago at Cape Meares Lighthouse in Oregon.
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 to learning after making a gaffe

Never a dull moment after all of these years

Give him time to create, and a few tasty beers

Ready to work from rising ‘till sleep

Art does not wait, unlike counting of sheep

Never without a dark roast in the morning

Tempted to…

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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