I am sure other longterm travellers can relate when I say that having all the time in the world makes you realise what is really important. Mainly due to the massive increase in time to think and time to ourselves.
Having more time gives us the room we need to understand what really matters to us and what matters to the world. At the same we naturally begin to eliminate the unnecessarys and start to restructure how we live our lives from the ground up.
Outside of the box
The longer I have been apart from the western culture and the whole system of money, consumerism and the rat-race, the more control I have had of how I live my days. With full control of pretty much every second of the day, you start to heavily think about your priorities.
Surprising to me at first, was that I had put survival at the bottom. I realised I no longer put any thought into money or basic survival. All I need to know is that I need to spend less than the amount I earn each day to make sure I don’t starve. Sticking to the more affordable locations to live makes this very easy.
But that’s it! Really, no other thought process is needed in regards to money.
There is a quote from Jiddu Krishnamurti
To find out what you love to do demands a great deal of intelligence; because, if you are afraid of not being able to earn a livelihood, or of not fitting into this rotten society, then you will never find out.
It is not my personal dislike for the monetary system that makes me think about it so little on a day to day basis however, it is just a distraction. As Krishnamurti points out, worrying too much on how you will earn a livelihood and how well you fit into society is just a waste of mental resource and a massive distraction from finding out what you actually what you want to do with your life. Something that so many struggle with!
So what was important? An example of a top priority of mine was to keep myself as creative as possible. This included anything from hunting out exciting records to play at my next DJ gig, creating new projects, designing a new banner for one of our websites, writing new articles.. etc
I have been reading that for some people saving mental resources is the highest priority. Some will even go to lengths to eat the same meals every day and wear identical clothes just to save themselves that thought process and give them 100% commitment to the task at hand. (Steve Jobs was guilty of this)
For me, this sounds a little intense and kind of scary. I don’t want to become a machine. I do like trying new places to eat each day, deciding what to wear when I am out, but I do still see there point of view. I find it easy to ignore somethings that others would seem as mandatory and the great thing was that a lot of this happened to me organically without me even noticing it.
Once i had the time and freedom away from the ‘normal’ daily worries, I quickly realised who I was and the fundamentals of what makes me happy. In many ways the stress of a job and everything else that comes with it (the lack of sleep, the loss of personal time, having to pretend to like certain people, being told what to do and how to behave) was stopping me progressing and was taking a massive chunk of my mental resources.
Obviously fully immersing yourself into a nomadic lifestyle is not for everybody. For some I can imagine it would be opposite of enjoyable. But even so, it is important to allow yourself a freedom, if only for six months, where money, bills, employment mean nothing and you can simply do as you wish. Take a few months to plan it so everything will run automatically while you are gone and then just go! By seeing your life own life from the outside, when you do return you will be stronger and ready to change things that need to be changed!
Gallery of No Fear Of Not Surviving