Day to Day Action – Be the Revolution
The revolution is about thinking for yourself and not being so dependant anymore. It is about living the life envisioned by the founding fathers in the country they founded.
It is about Liberty.
Bear with me as I learn to walk in this online journal, and that’s really what this blog is to me, a journal. Sometimes my thoughts are going to be random. Ultimately Suburban Resilience is about liberty; and thus it is a form of rebellion. I am rebelling against the status quo. I look around and know in my heart that something is not right – not the way things are. The things in my life that I value most do not get the lions share of my time or attention. That is going to change. My hope is that others who feel the same way I do, yet feel just as lost, are going to be able to look through these journal entries and find mistakes to avoid as will as find pearls of wisdom that I may stumble upon, and perhaps find a way they too can start living life for themselves. Some people don’t know where to begin (me), and some are afraid to try and fail colossally (not me). Hopefully those people will see that you can start small and still accomplish the goal. I am hoping this journal allows them to build upon my successes and avoid my failures. Mainly I want to give them hope.
“…so many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind,…” – Chris McCandless, “Into The Wild”
What matters more than what you do with the time that is given you? What is the reason behind why you spend that time the way you do? “I spend all my time working so that my family can have a good life.” What does that mean? Does “good life” = more stuff? Does “good life” mean living in a neighborhood where your kids aren’t afraid to go to school? Is it necessary to make more money in order to give your family a good life, or could it be accomplished by spending less instead? “I spend my time being entertained (video games, surfing the net, watching tv, playing golf…)”. Why? Is it because you work so hard and you need some down time? (why are you working so hard? – see above) Is it because your life sucks and you need an escape (see quote – Why does it suck? Should you be working toward making it suck less)? Here’s a question, do you even know what your ideal life would look like? If you do know, what would it take to get closer to that ideal? Winning the lotto is not a valid answer, unless the answer to the first question is having a life of zero responsibility and being able to spoil myself to the point of total self absorption (which eventually leads to being a total consumer/taker with no real friends and would most likely die in the face of any real crisis; and usually leads to deep depression and a hidden feeling of uselessness).
But I digress. If we weren’t so dependent on the status quo, many of us could find fulfillment and be satisfied with our lives. I don’t want to look back when I am 70 and feel like I did not live so much of my life. I don’t want to feel like I spent the vast majority of it doing things I despised or resented and that my life was never my own. No regrets man! LIVE life. In the words of Edna Mode, “I never look back darling, it distracts from the now.”
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