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Reacher and the Simple Life

Last night, I finished Reacher, the Amazon series based on the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child. I started the series almost by accident. I just wanted to see the first five minutes and was killing time on Saturday afternoon. I need another TV series to watch (or get stuck at halfway through) like I need a hole in my head. I’ve been intentionally not starting new shows because of how overwhelming its almost become. There is just too much to try and keep up with.

With that being said, I watched five minutes, Brandy watched too and then the next thing we know the episode is over. She gave me hell for starting a new show, but we both delighted in watching Reacher’s story unfolded in Margrave, Georgia.

The show checked alot of boxes for me. It was action packed, told a great story, didn’t drag out too long and never took itself too serious. It wasn’t overly dark and depressing like so many shows are these days. In some ways, it almost reminded me of the tone of 90’s action films that had great action sequences, but humor to keep the audience engaged.


But I’m not here to sell you on another show, I’m sure you’ve got plenty to watch as well, but I am here to discuss a little inspiration I took away from watching Reacher. The character, Jack Reacher, is a simple man. He’s a hobo, and carries only a little cash, an old war medal, and a toothbrush with him. It’s the opposite of his military career, where he was told what to carry and where to go. Now, he does things his own way.

Carrying only a few items and living light is something that appeals to me and has for many years. Part of it is inspired by my constant moving around my entire life, but another part is inspired by the simplicity of it all. I love the idea of owning just what you need, so that you can focus on only that which matters.

I’ve been slowly decluttering my belongings since moving into the new apartment in hopes to living a little lighter. In all honestly, I don’t have all that much stuff to begin with, but I am looking to eliminate things that just sit and have no real use. And while I’m a fan of simple living and minimalism, that still wasn’t what inspired me so much while watching Reacher.

Because Reacher lives simply, he thinks simply. He doesn’t carry a lot in on his mind which allows him to react and think things through before making mistakes. This is something I’ve spent a good portion of my adult life working on. Having been a bit of a hothead and a smartass in my youth, I pride myself on remaining calm and thinking things through as seen in my run in with the crazy guy at the gas station late last year.

Staying calm, remaining in control, and allowing your emotions to exist yet not control you, is something I work on everyday. Where as in my youth I may have been inspired by more loud mouth or angry fictional characters, I now find myself attracted to Picard, Obi-Wan, and even Reacher. Men who remain in control most of the time which allows their good traits to stand out.

I told Brandy at the beginning of this year, my goal was simple living. I wanted to get to a point where things were as simple as I could get them and I didn’t want to bring my more complication in my life than necessary. This means, I now ask myself before purchasing something, “Will this complicate my life? Will I need to maintain, buy additional items, or have to go out of my way to enjoy this?” And then, most of the time, I don’t buy it.

Anyway, Reacher surprised me by touching on simple living in a way I didn’t expect to see in a TV show about a former military police officer trying to clear his name of murder. But it did, and well… I guess that’s what is great about interesting characters. You just never know how they might inspire you.

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