Extraordinary is a bold statement, don’t you think? If you look it up in the dictionary it means, remarkable or beyond ordinary. Both of those adjectives could easily describe my life and my work.
The 411 – ESSENTIAL INFO
I get paid to write. How? For a number of years I’ve been writing and publishing books, coaching other writers, and and consulting for large corporations writing complex technical proposals. It’s a revenue generating mosaic I’ve build over a number of years. I published my first book in 2005 while I was still an employee of a large construction firm. In 2013 I was laid off and since then have made my living completely via these income streams.
10 REASONS I CONSIDER MY LIFE TO BE EXTRAORDINARY
1 – A two years ago I moved from by beachfront bungalow in Santa Cruz, California to Silicon Valley to provide in-home care for my 80-something parents; My dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Sadly, my dad passed away on February 4, 2017. I miss him greatly.
2 – As a minimalist, I require little space on the earth, and live with much less than most people. I currently have about 42 items of clothing. I wear black almost exclusively because I don’t ever have to think about what matches and what doesn’t. Because I have so few items of clothing, I spend extra on quality. I highly recommend Wooly Clothing Co., and REI, though they can be a bit pricey.
3 – At 59, I’m happily single with four adult kids and seven uber-cute grandkids. Want to see pictures? Just follow me on my personal Instagram for a peek. My children are the best part of my life; I enjoy watching each of them evolve their own lives. My daughter is busy as a full-time mom to four cute little girls in Oklahoma where my son-in-law is based as a US Air Force pilot; my two older sons each have careers in law enforcement (married with three cute kids of his own) and mechanical engineering (single, but attached), and live in South Carolina and San Francisco, respectively. My youngest son is the rockstar in the family, a talented guitarist, bassist, and lyricist and now fronts a hardcore band based in Santa Cruz, CA. He is also the exact replica of his dad (poor kid).
4 – I raced a motorcycle on the Bonneville Salt Flats back in 1973. I was 15 years old and I didn’t share that information with my parents until decades later. Three years later, at age 18, I moved to Northern England and stayed until Her Majesty’s Home Office asked to leave for overstaying my welcome. While I was there I made a few life-long friends and consider it my second homeland and acquired the nickname, Baz.
5 – I love to explore the world on my BMW R1150 GS motorcycle. After owning three BMW bikes, I settled on the 1150 GS as my bike of choice. It’s basic enough not to get me into any real trouble and maintains the ability to go off-road should a trail or fire road get my attention. In June, I’ll be riding across the country and back with my son, Benjamin. I recently gave him my second motorcycle, a BMW R1100RT, and together we’ll be riding from California to South Carolina (I’ll be riding back solo).
UPDATE: I returned from this extraordinary journey across America in June 2016 and 6,338 miles later, I wrote about it here. I also just returned from visiting England and France and you can see the photos here.
6 – I am an introvert but can be extroverted when I need to be. If you and I met in a social situation you wouldn’t think that I was an introvert; I can be social when I want to be but it depletes me of energy reserves and I need to go-solo afterwards to refuel both my mental and physical reserves. In conversation one on one, I’m great. One on many, I’m still great …but for shorter durations. 🙂
7 – I’m a physician turned philosopher, writer and entrepreneur. I usually don’t talk about that part of my life. It happened. I spent many years educating myself and training long hours. But life has a way of redirecting your energy and your focus. I loved the academic aspect of medicine and excelled there. I later took my academic and clinical skills into higher education and served as a college-level instructor, Dean of Faculty, and later College President. Now I make my living creating useful guides and books that are designed to help others evolve their lives in positive ways. For fun, I explore the world when I can and share what I learn. In the future, I might just travel full-time on motorcycle for a while.
8 – I’m a healthy eater. In an effort to reduce my lipid profile of bad cholesterol, I gave up red meat about three years ago. I tried to be vegan, and vegetarian. It worked for a while, but I’ve returned to seafood and poultry for my protein intake; beef still is on my no-eat list. My waistline is in better shape, as are my lipids.
9 – I have no beliefs. A few years ago while writing The Practical Buddhist: Buddhism Without the Robes & Ritual, I determined that I have no beliefs. I examine each one and realized I live and accept what I can observe, experience, or use my reason and logic to support. I get some resistance from others about this, but we each have a path to walk. This is mine.
10 – My friends call me Baz. Even though my full name is Barry Wayne Morris, and have been known as Dr. Morris, Mr. Morris, and Hey, Dude on occasion, I prefer the British nickname that I received 40 years ago in the picturesque town of Hexham, England. In both Australia and Britain, Barry is often shortened to Baz. It suits me.