I remember once after college (or uni for everyone outside the U.S.) a friend told me, “you know what your problem is, you’re a dilettante”.
While we’re not friends any longer, the term somewhat resonated with me for a while. I can play guitar, but I’m no Hendrix, I enjoy painting but I’m no Picasso, I love to write, but I’m no Marquez, and the question was – what does that make me? Simple, just a dude who likes to do those things and many more because they’re fun. I mean hell, we live once, may as well get in as much fun as you can. So what do I like to do in my spare time?
Adventure Travel – While London & Paris are great if you want to pop in on a few friends, I wouldn’t head to either for a proper holiday. Instead I’m somewhat always driven to get off that beaten path and explore. Give me a 4×4, sea or dunes, a few weeks, some remote area of the world and I’m in heaven. Next up on adventure-ism – the Budapest Bamako Rally if I can find the time and the team. Fingers X’d for a 2013 entry given the world hasn’t ended. And head over to my Vimeo to check out my documentary “30 Days in Southern Africa”.
Wine – “Life is too short to spend it drinking cheap wine.” – once said a random older woman on 86th and Lex. She was right, and I love the stuff. Some of my favorites come from the Priorat region, followed by the Western Cape, specifically Pinotage. I’m not going to go into a list, but there are a few I greatly enjoy, and I’ll never turn down a glass of good red.
Writing – For as long as I can remember I’ve always enjoyed writing, hence I reckon this blog.
Making Stuff – Very broad as this includes painting, design, websites, lamps, really anything. Figure there’s no need to leave a good idea in the head, can’t share it with anyone that way.
Music Composition – When they asked me in High School where I see myself in 10 years, I replied “In Giant’s stadium in front of 60,000 people”. While life had a different idea, I still love music, making it, performing it, and ever so often getting up on stage to show them how it’s done.
Biking – Some people love running. I’m not one of them, in fact I kinda despise it, but give me a bike, and I’ll go for a casual 30-40k ride any given Sunday. One of these days, I’d love to bike across the country – maybe for charity.