Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Find a Job That's Worth Living For!

Scuba Diving - Mauritius 

Alright, let's face it. A gigantic proportion of your life will be spent working. Very few escape the trap of a 9-5 job. And let's face another aspect of it. It will SUCK. Big time. Drain the life and energy from you. Bore you to tears. Drive you crazy. Make you miserable.

So what can you do about it? What you can do is look at your options. Many people seem to jump straight onto the tracks with a job and away they go. Years go on and they might still be stuck on the same tracks. When I had this issue, I started getting imaginative about it. And just started exploring more options.

When not working, I stopped doing the things I always did on auto-pilot (stuck on youtube, flickin through TV channels, mindless chit-chat with whoever etc), I sat down in a quiet space and started imagining. I said to myself "If I could do anything in the world, what would I do?". I had complete freedom of thought. I could do anything.

I thought to myself "What I really want is to be happy. I don't need millions in the bank to be happy. I just need enough to fund a good lifestyle and save a little". The enjoyment doesn't come from the millions in the bank. The enjoyment comes from bouncing out of bed with energy because I'm doing a job that is fun. It doesn't suck the life out of me.

I look forward to doing it. That, to me, is worth more than millions in the bank. You might slave away for years and finally make a million, but you also might have been miserable that whole time making the money. Now, that you do have the money, you might be in such a miserable state that you wouldn't even know how to enjoy it. How to have fun with it.

Start looking for jobs that would be exciting. If you love travelling, try and become a travel writer. If you love diving, become a diving instructor in somewhere like South East Asia. Why not? You only get one shot at life. Travel the coasts of Australia as a surfing instructor. Open your own hostel in some sort of jungle/paradise location. Teach English in Thailand or Vietnam. The point is to shoot for the things in your imagination that get you buzzing the most. These jobs don't pay huge salaries but imagine the adventures you'll have.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Stop Trying To Change The World!

Great Ocean Drive, Esperance 

There seem to be an awful lot of people that want to change the world. Or their own external environment. It's a mindset that says "Once I have X,Y and Z, I'll be happy". Maybe someone with a predominant mindset of greed and ego will think that once they have a fancy car, a huge house, millions in the bank, their own little empire that . . . . . . then! Finally, they'll be happy! It's an attempt at controlling the external.

Then on the other side there is anger. Somebody frustrated with the world and their position in life will get that rebellious streak, and start hating on everything. Their government is doing them wrong, society is fixed, the "system" is grinding down upon them, any number of conspiracy theories will justify their position. And maybe they're right. But they will rant and rave to try and change the external world.

You can find evidence for any belief that you have. If you believe that the world is against you, you will find a million examples for it. If you believe that the world is beautiful you will find a million examples for that as well. You're just putting different lenses on to view life. You're just choosing whether to "tune in" to the greedy side of life, or the hateful side of life, or the beautiful side of life etc etc. It's all up to you.

But a lot of people think that they can change the way people think by aggressively pointing their finger at all these "no good" people, and giving them their piece of mind. When a teacher in school would tell me what to do in that manner, I pushed against it and had the impulse to do the opposite. It's a natural impulse. But the teacher that I looked up to, and respected just by the good example that they lived up to, I would want to listen to them. Because they weren't forcing me to do something, they were great at what they did, we genuinely respected them, they were showing the way and we listened.

The attempt at always controlling the external can only end badly. Things change. Someone buys a better house, a better car, another government declares war, more bad guys do more bad stuff and you're there trying to run around extinguishing everything. The external world changes very rapidly. But the one thing you have true power over is yourself. And your reaction to the external world.

If more people on Earth mastered their own internal adventure, the world would be a better place. There are 7 billion internal adventures happening right now. Based on the state of things, a lot of them seem to be stuck at the level of fear, anger, greed, lust etc. These are impulses of the "beast" side of us. Mastering the internal adventure would get you to Enlightenment, where things like Joy, Happiness and Fun belong. Which is what we really want deep down I think.

Once you're there, let people know how you got there. If they want to listen, they will. Imagine if a higher % of the 7 billion were further along in their adventure. Right now more of us are tuned into that low level. What they should really be teaching in school is how to be happy. So we all feel good all the time.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Good Times Have Got to Win Over

sunrise/sunset

Life is a weird story of ups and downs, good characters, nasty characters, corrupt groups of people, corporations, inspirational figures, beautiful settings, desert landscapes with red skies and the ripple effect of the sun, beautiful, lush green landscapes, monkeys swingin' about "Wahaa haa haa!". It's mental. It's all just one big story. You die, and a million more people are born to experience their story. And this has been going on for billions of years. It's absolutely mental.

But a lot of the experience seems to be based on grinding through, determination, battling on, crawling your way through the mud, hoping that there actually is a glimmer of light somewhere. And you might get a bit of peace when you get there. My own internal imagery seems to be this: me strappin my boots on, hiking boots with big, massive, clanky steel teeth which crush rocks, and my legs are pumping, pumping on through rock and mud never stopping. But the mud sucks you into it, and you start sinking, but then you gain some kind of grip and just keep pumping those legs. It's an internal, symbolic metaphor which always pops into my mind.

But maybe I shouldn't fight and just let go? Many years ago I would go with the flow no matter what, and I ended up getting stuck in real bad circumstances, depressed, souless. So the only thing that makes sense is to keep pumping those legs and crushing rocks and get my head out above the mud so I can breathe again. Just go in the direction of good feeling. So if this makes sense to any anyone, great, just keep kickin' life's ass instead of getting your ass handed to you. Get yourself a big life whoopin stick and start busting through.

If You're Going Through Hell, Keep Going ~ Winston Churchill