“What is living free?”
Let's think for a moment.
What is it that makes you satisﬁed?Would you travel more? Would you live somewhere else? Would you spend more timewith the family? Would you take your lover out for dinner more often? Would you workless? Would you surf more (yes)? What is it that makes you happy?In this time of “informationalized” technology there is a constant stream of noise andvisuals telling you what to do, how to be happy, and how to live “right”. The din is soloud that at times it becomes nearly impossible to hear yourself think. This makes thetask of seeking out what you really want rather daunting. Now add the self doubt andthe what ifs and we have a monumental task of just deﬁning what it is we want. Howcan you ever be free if you don
t know what it is you want? Now I know this seems likecommon knowledge, but far to often people don
t think about it. In fact they do everything they can to not think about it. Why? Because then they would have to do it.
This is why Henry David Thoreau says,
“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”
So start deﬁning what you want.
I know everyone says to start small and work yourway up. But why not try thinking big and work your way back. Like this. “I want to go toChina for a few months. Where will I go? What will I see? How will I get there? When isthe soonest I can leave? How will I pay for it? Most people go the other way, “I want togo to China, how will I pay for it? I can
t so I won
t go.” This leaves out all theimagination of being there, all the stuff you want to see. All the stuff that gets you reallyexcited. The stuff that motivates you to go. Without the motivation you have nothing. Soget excited about it.
Once you are excited about something the steps in-between become easier and more manageable.
t stop yourself from thinking about what you really want justbecause it seems too difﬁcult to get there. I promise you thatwhen you do get there it will be worth it. In most cases it
s a loteasier than you think. It
s often just the fear of the unknown thatstops you, not the actual obstacles. This should not be. Think ofsome of the greats and how for them it was the opposite.Columbus, Lewis and Clark and many other historic giants thatchanged the world. The unknown was what drove them and theybecame heros for it. Don
t be afraid to think of what you reallywant.
I think it’s safe to say thatwhen you are doing whatyou truly want todo, all thepain and adversity seemssmaller than when you arethinking about doing it.