Turns out, living your life is a lot more important than writing about it. For the last year, I've had a rule, and that was if I really wanted to take a trip, I'd buy the tickets. This is something I let myself spend money on because the value from travel is inevitably more than the price you paid for the plane tickets. From London to Kampala, from Venice to Munich, I haven't regretted it once.
Now that I'm back in the Bay Area, my focus this year will be on trad climbing, skiing, and learning alpine skills. The rule this year is if I want to go, I get in the car and go, and if there is gear I don't have that I need to do it, just get the gear.
Those rules have removed one of my biggest barriers to fun and adventure. I'm interested to hear what rules others have along these lines. Leave a comment if you're so inclined.