“Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up.” -Terence McKenna
As I enter my 32nd year of life, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what has happened so far.
Here are some highlights:
-Quit 7 different jobs
-Traveled around the world on a boat for free
-Lived abroad in 4 different countries
-Traveled to 30+ countries
-Had an array of very intense psychedelic experiences
-Lived in my car for nearly a year
All of this happened effortlessly, as if it was all just a dream.
“Every man has two lives, and the second starts when he realizes he has just one” -Confucius
Looking back I recall that growing up I lived a pretty standard and structured American life. I grew up in a middle class suburban neighborhood, went to university, smoked a bunch of weed, partied a bit, studied, and I was absolutely miserable with my life 95% of the time.
I hated it.
As I was about to graduate from college I couldn’t imagine myself working a 9–5 job for the next 30+ years of my life so I quickly booked a flight to Japan to go teach English for a year.
It felt like the perfect escape, and in a way it was, that is, until it wasn’t.
I had left one country’s societal matrix structure and entered another’s.
Life was feeling stagnant again.
I felt stuck.
I wanted to quit, but I needed money to pay the rent, to eat, and to not be homeless.
It’s the greatest trap of our time.
Forced to repeat the same repetitive tasks day in and day out just to collect the money for a place to sleep and some food to stay alive with a couple weeks off each year for a quick getaway.
Is this really living?
I don’t think so.