Chris J Powell

Throwback Thursday – Hacking My Life

With all the radical changes that have been happening in my life lately, I figured that it was time to really take a hard look at what I want out of the 2nd half of my life (assuming I can make it to the ripe old age of 84).  The past year has laid out many of the faults and flaws in what I thought was a solid life plan, and I could sink into a world view that had me questioning every decision that I have made in my adult life but what good would that do.

For a long time I have looked to the power of the website for insight and tips on how to improve everything from my own productivity to getting the most out of the technology that I have all around me but now with this deep period of introspection in front of me…I figured I would dive into my future in full force and look for some ways to make me into the best person that I can be…while still retaining the “good” things that I have built.

What does it mean to “hack” one’s life though?

When we look at the definition of a “hacker” from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

a person who secretly gets access to a computer system in order to get information, cause damage, etc. : a person who hacks into a computer system

This is fine, but I am not looking to become a part of the computer subculture that borders on illegal (although I do enjoy the challenge that modern computer systems present)…this is about “gaining access” to the inner most me.  I want to hack into the life that I have, make changes to the very code that has been built around me and improve the quality of life that I have…all without having to “pay” for the experience.

You see, one of the greatest precepts that the lifehacker website has to offer is that change is not only possible, it is doable by just about anyone.

While I have been toying with the idea of going back to school and have been dipping my toe into the world of academics, I know that in the next 6 months I have to fast track this part of my life so that I can improve  my own circumstances.  But beyond the simple act of getting accreditation and building upon skills…I need to change the way my head is wired.  I need to change the way that I think, the way that I act and the way that I relate to those around me.

We have one life to live and hacking one’s own life is important to achieving the Nirvana that is out there for each of us…but it will not be easy, and it will not come “cheap” (although I will be looking for FREE and inexpensive ways of achieving my hacks”.

Stay tuned…I will be trying to implement at least one new “hack” per week over the next 6 months.



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