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Things you Need to Do and Things you Want to Do… and wondering when you could do the latter

There are 24 hours in a day. 12 hours are spent on sleep, meals, getting ready, traffic, routine… the nitty-gritty. And then there’s work, which consumes pretty much the rest – 8 hours spent listening to meetings, going from one place to the next, clacking away in front of a laptop. Sometimes (most times in fact), work stretches to 10 hours.

Which leaves to 2 hours. 2 hours for YOU.

Or is it really just for you?

There are house matters to take care of. Bills. That leak in the sink that needs to be fixed ASAP. Some of you may have homework to help finish with your kids. A baby that needs a new diaper.

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you realize that there are things you need to do and things you want to do… and somehow there is never any time to do the latter.

Things like hitting the golf course, playing tennis, fishing, exploring Montana with the Mrs., reading a book – not to learn so much as to enjoy the play of words. Having a phone conversation with my son, Koby Bernard. Playing chess with nobody but myself, simply because I want to relish the silence being punctuated by the tap of the chess piece on the wooden board.

The irony is that we delay these simple pleasures to earn money. And we earn money to secure a better future and enjoy the finer things in life.

But when is it time to start the “enjoying” part? Now that the flush of youth has left me, in my senior years? My back too frail to truly enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle? My eyes too strained to read more than a few chapters?

Or should it have been years back, at the prime of my life, when I felt like I could conquer the world? When instead I chose to limit my world to the confines of work and routine?

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Beyond Montana: Mule Deer and their Incredible Journey

Say hello to these mule deer:

mule deer

They’re cute-looking creatures, aren’t they? This is a photo taken years back, somewhere in Montana.

I mention them today because of their fascinating migration story, which evoked emotions akin to when I first heard about the penguin’s story.

These deer spend several months travelling across 150 miles via the Red Desert-to-Hoback route. Right now, the route is surprisingly clear from any human obstruction but that can well change – part of the trek includes a single path, with a land that is currently for sale.

Fortunately, the Conservation Fund has purchased that land to preserve it but it will take months more of observation and tracking to be able to fully preserve this route.

Learn more about the mule deer here

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Neil deGrasse Tyson in Montana State University this March

I am looking forward to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s talk at MSU this coming March 4! His passion in science clearly shows in the manner he talks, and I would very much like to behold his passion in person. Though I have always found myself gravitating towards numbers and business-related topics, I feel that immersing myself in other fields from time to time allows me to expand my horizons, and stretch my mind.

Just a few things about the astrophysicist:

1. he has a doctorate in astrophysics from Columbia University
2. he was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by NASA.
3. he is a host of several science TV programs
4. he was last year’s Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Reality Show Host, for his show “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” (that he was chosen above shows like The Voice, and So You Think You Can Dance tells me the world has hope yet!)
5. He was named as one of the 10 most influential people in science in a 2008 issue of Discover Magazine Learn more about

Neil Tyson’s talk in Montana here

Other Related Montana State University results: Feb 12, Commented by Koby Bernard

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