I began to understand, in a profound way that is hard to articulate, that old idea that change starts within us, and then around us, and that the saying “be the change you want to see” is not some trite little quote that we should raise a cynical eyebrow to. This little seed that was planted up on the mountain has grown into a firm, plucky little sapling that is still putting down roots and stretching it’s young branches out toward the sunlight.
I want to talk about education and study, because it’s a subject that nicely pulls together a lot of things relevant to the purpose of this blog:
1) Awesome, invigorating, potentially life-changing, mind-expanding intellectual ideas and experiences – GOOD!
2) Tyrannical propagation of doctrines, social structures, and behaviour and the cruel destruction of self-belief, creativity and ambition in most people – BAD!
3) Fantastic opportunities to ‘hack’ the system and choose alternative paths than what we are generally offered – AWESOME!
Man, that was a lame post! Did anyone finish it? That last one about Beginning. Pretentious title too. Such an interesting and useful topic, but such a boring and useless post!
As wide a set of goal posts as I have set myself, I am here to talk about something I have vaguely defined as alternative lifestyle design, not prattle on abut how useless I was at travelling when I was a kid. I’m still bloody useless at it today but except for the hilariously stupid things I sometimes do I wouldn’t dream of forcing you to read about any of it!
I would take that post out back and put it out of it’s misery but, well, let is serve as a reminder to me never to write crap just for the sake of writing something. A reminder and a lesson. Because why did I write it? Because I forgot my purpose here.
Alternative lifestyle design for me is about creating a low-cost, low impact, creative, adventurous, love-filled, ethical, fulfilling, and financially independent life.
That statement probably needs some background, and that’s what the rest of this post is about. You might want to grab a cuppa or a glass of wine and get comfy.
Soulchaser began as a travel blog back in 2005. I was 20 and had just quit my awesome job in a fit of frustrated wanderlust that had manifested itself as a sort of demented, irrational, but growing anger and dissatisfaction at a fairly free but also stagnant life in Oxford.