I believe awareness is the next great drug of the new millennium: to become mindful, awake, alive. To follow our nudges, see patterns and feel a shift. To find meaning in something that, a second ago, didn’t exist. This is the high we’re after.
It’s all there for the taking, but it won’t come to us. We have to go to it. Unfortunately, many of us don’t even know it’s there. As the saying goes:
We were born in a house with a thousand rooms but only live in one.
Of course, down deep most of us know there’s more. It’s that nagging feeling in our gut that there is some giant secret we’re not in on, some alternative universe spinning just out of sight. But, don’t cue the violins just yet. There is also hope in that same line. After all, the house is still there. It hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s an unwrapped gift, waiting for us. All we need to do is poke our head out of the room we’re locked in and start looking around. That’s what this site is about.
The Other 999 Rooms.
My name is Bill Apablasa and I will be your doorman on this journey into The Other 999 Rooms. I am a husband, father, baby booming sherpa, social experimenter, writer and nomadic homebody. I embrace the odd, don’t mind the absurd and believe that adventure is as close as the produce section of the neighborhood market. It’s everywhere. We just have to look for it.
It’s called experimenting with life. We can do it together.
I have wanted to do this site for a long time, but I am also a chicken-shit. I don’t like standing out or speaking up. I love the comfortable room I’ve been living in.
I may like to write, but always in anonymity, and for other people. Just putting my name on this page was painful, let alone a picture. And, then there was all that other starting “something new” baggage: Is this practical? Who will care? Will I look like an idiot?
At the end of the day, I came to the conclusion that it doesn’t have to make sense. It just has to feel right. And it does. So, in spite of my own fears, I decided to go ahead and do it. And that, in a nutshell, is what a new room is all about.
I welcome you along for the ride and hope that you will look at this as a collective journey. Not mine, but ours.
I also hope you will come to realize it is not necessary to wait until you’re standing on the roof of house as it floats away during a hurricane to start looking for meaning in life. We don’t have to wait until cancer strikes, or we lose our job, or we turn 50 to begin looking for that something more in our lives. The Other 999 Rooms are waiting for us now. And all we need to do is open the door.