What inspires you? The question is seemingly simple, but a truthful answer is sometimes not found for months, years and even decades. Humans are inherently programmed to follow society and the natural direction of what others do. Ask yourself why you made the decision you did.
A misguided society… for some…
The status quo of society insinuates that 2.5 kids, a dog and house with a white picket fence is everyone’s dream. Unfortunately, much of this inferred normalcy was created in a time where this was the norm (ie: 1950’s) and what the masses were brainwashed into doing just that. In no way am I saying that this is bad – in fact, I know lots of married couples with kids, dogs and minivans – for them it works and I look up to them.
What if there’s more to life? What if zen is attained through experiential and emotional accomplishment?
Couples are consciously passing on offspring, choosing to focus on a career rather than buying a house and living life to the fullest. My inspiration comes from a little of all of that.
When I was just starting my adult’ish life I was in a long-term, committed relationship with my high school sweetheart. I decided to buy a house because “this is what I should do.” We never really talked about having kids – mainly because I wasn’t sold on the idea of them and always felt that life had more to offer. The relationship ended a few years later (as many do) but left me with a ball and chain – a house. A house that served no real purpose except for a place to sleep.
I looked inward at my life and asked myself “Why?”
Everything I have ever known was contained in a 50 mile radius of where I grew up. Sure, we’ve all seen those documentaries on the travel channel of cool places, but I always figured it was either too hard or too expensive to get there. I was able to travel for work and instantly realized that going places was neither expensive or complicated. With each new destination I saw differences in people, culture and the sights that shattered my confined (50 mile) view of everything I knew.
Booking a flight to the other side of the world used to cost a fortune and only accessible to the rich. Now price hover around $0.03 per mile and can be booked instantly through multiple airlines competing for your business.