One aspect of my journey you may not know about…

Perhaps you don’t know this, but I’ve been sleeping in my car since May 8, 2010.

And if you don’t know that, you might find this part of my website insightful: http://zerodean.com/xp and also 1,000 Days of Discomfort.

My entire web presence — my blog, my photography, my travels, my media appearances — over the (nearly) last 4 years has been while sleeping my car.

So yes, I was in my car during the robbery this morning (as I have been for 4 other attempts).

Yes, I got covered in glass. Yes, it is scary. Yes, it was loud. And yes, I yelled at the dude. But I wasn’t going to pull a Die Hard and chase the guy with bare feet on broken glass (although I *thought about it).

*Don’t be a hero, kids. It’s not like in the movies.

From the comments:

Lynn: I had no idea! Wow how do you do it?

ZERO:

Discipline. Routine. Planning. And a willingness to explore discomfort, fear, and my own ignorance.

But it’s also why I’m at the gym every.single.day (although I do love the gym). And why I have 3 gym memberships (I don’t love the gym that much).

And why I spend most days working at cafes. And how I can travel.

Everything I do in my day-to-day life just takes more planning — or a few more steps — and with a few more constraints than most people. But like anything, you adapt to it.

I never imagined I’d be doing this before I did it. And then when I did it, I never imagined that I’d be doing it for as long as I have.

I’ve told people, that I would’ve “stopped” living this way ages ago (and instead put all efforts into moving on) if I’d stopped learning stuff, but I keep learning so much that ends up being valuable to me — and hopefully to those I share it with.

So I still find it quite interesting (and challenging) — and perhaps so interesting because it is so challenging (physically, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, nutritionally, financially…) — which is good.

Although it isn’t exactly conducive to meeting my mate though. But all in good time.

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