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Feeling Alive

We escaped from Islamabad to the more wild and picturesque mountains of Ayubia National Park on a beautiful sunny day in October. It was a good bright day with that early winter cold in the air, ideal for a hike over the 4 km pipeline track.

every face is yours..

Unlost.

Warp

How can one ignore the beauty of untouched woods…

October 2015

Now i walk into the wild…

I now walk Into the wild.

Breathe in, breathe out..

My time in October

Fall at Ayubia Pipeline Track

Beautiful Fall in Ayubia..

It was at that age that poetry came in search of me. - Pablo Neruda

We went there in October 2015, now after looking at them again here makes me feel as brave as these mountains standing tall and high in extreme harsh conditions.. making me believe in my own self and my capabilities to move forward and face every season with head up and high, this year and every coming year..

 

Cycling in 2015

A new year just kicked off and like every other year people set goals and targets that they will try to do achieve or do better. Usually for many out their that doesnt really last long or happen and its all back to usual. Well I’m not one of those :)

I rode almost about 5000+ Kilometers in 2015, which includes around 43000+ Meters of Climbs up the hills. This, is IMPRESSIVE.

Strava made a fun little animated video of every riders data :), here is mine.

2015 was full of amazing climbs, long Gran Fondo rides, worst injuries, unexpected roadside mechanical issues and yes to sum up it all up an amazing adventure :)

P.S a small highlight of the year was meeting Kamraan  at a local and i must say most popular Bike Workshop of Islamabad “Mazhar’s Cycle Works”

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Being Anti Social

As I mentioned before, I decided not to use Facebook and Instagram. A few days ago I went a step ahead and have deactivated my Facebook account. For how long? I have no idea, in fact i have no plans in near future for using it again. Its been a month now since i stopped using both of these platforms, and, I have felt a great change in my lifestyle, I am more focused, I waste less time online, actually I only use the computer when I need to get some important work done, since there is nothing to browse or scroll up and down to an over whelming amount of useless info daily and highlights of other people lives which has nothing of value to offer, my productivity has sky rocketed. I FEEL ABSOLUTELY GREAT.

Back in 2013 Douglas Rushkoff wrote this article for CNN “Why I’m quitting Facebook” below is an excerpt from his article which I not only relate but endorse it and may be you would relate to it too.

“Facebook does not exist to help us make friends, but to turn our network of connections, brand preferences and activities over time — our “social graphs” — into money for others.

We Facebook users have been building a treasure lode of big data that government and corporate researchers have been mining to predict and influence what we buy and for whom we vote. We have been handing over to them vast quantities of information about ourselves and our friends, loved ones and acquaintances. With this information, Facebook and the “big data” research firms purchasing their data predict still more things about us — from our future product purchases or sexual orientation to our likelihood for civil disobedience or even terrorism.

The true end users of Facebook are the marketers who want to reach and influence us. They are Facebook’s paying customers; we are the product. And we are its workers. The countless hours that we — and the young, particularly — spend on our profiles are the unpaid labor on which Facebook justifies its stock valuation.”

In the end i will like to conclude my battle against this anti-social network in the very words of Douglas Rushkoff

“Maybe in doing (quitting facebook) so I’ll help people remember that Facebook is not the Internet. It’s just one website, and it comes with a price.”

Detox Challenge

During the year 2015, the only thing that I did with full dedication was cycling around Islamabad, its beautiful hills and the surroundings. Mostly solo and at times with groups. A part from that and after much thought and reflection, I have come to this conclusion that most of my time was sucked using Facebook and Instagram. There is absolutely nothing productive about these tools. Yes I am being extremely blunt and may be negative about it. I do admit that they are great tools of communication and creative expression especially Instagram. But the cons are too bad to ignore. I don’t want to get into this argument about if they are good or not, shall they should be used at moderate or not used at all.

My personal realization is that its not giving me anything good as of now. I was addicted to a virtual word. Something so unreal and fake. Being injected with shots of dopamine for 5 seconds, leading most of us to another disease called narcissism. As of now I have publicly announced that I have quit these two platforms.

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As of now my plan is to stay way from facebook for as long as one YEAR, yes ONE WHOLE YEAR, and the same goes with Instagram too. If granted with life, will see what to do after an year of detox. Its time to focus on things that matters most.