Hey everyone, it’s my turn to write this week’s post. I’m Mario, and I would like to tell all of you a little about myself. I am from a little city 15 minutes east of Downtown Los Angeles. I grew up like most kids did in this neighborhood. Always outside and playing sports. I usually didn’t come home until it was dark and dinner time.
During college, I was like most students and wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. Sometimes, I still don’t know what exactly I want to do. However, I still had to work and go to school at the same time to make ends meet. I got a contracting job at a Utility company in the Cybersecurity department. I was a Business Analyst learning on the go, but it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. Eventually, I became a full-time employee and worked my way to becoming a Cybersecurity Senior Specialist. I am even running my own program now. I met some of the smartest people I know, and I have learned something unique from each of them.
Over the years, I learned that I wanted to be a leader and inspire people. I want to inspire people to be the best person they can be, but more importantly, having fun while doing it. As time goes on, I hope all of you will get to know me more. I want this blog to be as interactive as possible. We read every comment and try to respond to every single one. We are willing to take into considerations to review or try something and share our experience. Our goal is living and sharing with readers our perspective as modern minimalists.
This post is about outdoor hobbies. It’s very important to go outside when you can, even though we are in a pandemic. Even a little walk can do wonders for you, both physically and mentally. It has been a rough year for many of us. People who are quarantining in their homes are going stir crazy. I always recommend practicing safety when you’re outside. I recently started to play golf because of my friends and coworkers. It’s a great way to get outside, and honestly, it’s something I really want to get good at so I can beat all of my friends.
I am a competitive person, and I look upon this as a challenge. I never was that interested in golf, but I have learned to appreciate it more now. What I found really cool about this sport is being able to drink while being on the course with your buddies (at a safe distance, of course). For a few hours, it feels like the times before the lockdown. Golfing is an enjoyable solo activity as well. Go to the range and practice different swings to take your mind off the everyday routine of staying at home.
Golf is not the only activity you can do outside. We try to go on hikes, ride bikes, walk around a park, etc. Outdoor activities are essential to our wellness in life. If you live in a region where it snows and rains a lot, these outdoor activities may be difficult to do. There are alternatives, like small workouts at home. I’ve been moving the living room coffee table to make room to exercise.
An indoor leisure activity I’ve been enjoying lately is reading. Currently, my best friend and I are reading Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin. The book is about Navy Seals who share what they learned from their experiences to help people become better leaders in the civilian world. It’s a great book, and I highly recommend it.
I have been enjoying playing chess recently as well. I have to admit, I only got into it after watching The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix. This game really flexes the mind and gets all the pistons firing in the brain. These activities might not seem much, but every little thing counts for wellness.