I have a confession to make: I have a minor addiction to what might be described as new school self-help books. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying? Yep, my apartment has been Kondo'd many times over. The Happiness Project? Before it was a podcast, it was a book that I turned to whenever I felt like my life was veering off course and needed a little redirection. And then there's Tiny Beautiful Things , a collection of advice columns by Wild author Cheryl Strayed that has basically been my bible for how to be a better person — and also give myself a break for not being perfect.
When it comes, accept it gratefully. And perhaps a suicidal failure. Happiness is like cotton candy. These ideas gave me a sense of clarity, and helped me focus my energy and ambition on what truly matters. Not seeking our riches to satisfy public opinion the fallacy being that the more you have the more people tend to resent you anyway. As Seneca put it, if you live according to opinion you will never be rich, but if you live according to nature, you will never be poor. It also means I spend more time with family, more time with friends, and more time outside of the office walls in nature, learning how to surf, hiking new spots, and…enjoying life.
Like Naval Ravikant puts it, if you play stupid games you win stupid prizes. Yes, philosophy stole my ambition…to make lots of money, compare myself to no end and never be content, no matter how much I achieved. Like a philosopher is thought to have said before me, I have conquered the need to conquer the world. Sign in. Get started. Philosophy Stole My Ambition. Steve Glaveski Follow. Steve Glaveski Entrepreneur. Podcast host. Wannabe Surfer. Author of Employee to Entrepreneur. Visit: steveglaveski.
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Become a member. About Help Legal. I agree with a lot of the sentiments and the energy of the article- but I feel it is very myopic and a bit judgemental.
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Good read, nonetheless. Jason, an excellent reply.
You are right about the human condition being nuanced and that every person no matter who they are or where they live has a story. Most travelers are not independently wealthy, instead we have learned how to exist on nearly nothing and how to work while traveling. Much of what she has to say is true and is probably more directed at women. To hop on a plane and go to a place where you know no one takes a lot of belief in yourself and your abilities…. Thank you for your thoughtful response.
Jason, well said my friend. I can tell you how refreshing it is to read a comment on line with actuall substance, and relatable content from the original article.
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In other words, you took the words right out of my mouth. My parents were of this traveling ilk and my sister and i were raised as such.
Even though i feel as comfortable in the mountains somewhere as i do in a house, there is one simple fact of reality that only you, including the original author; has mentioned. Last i checked, airplane rides to anywhere are not free.
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Gasoline for you car,bus,station wagon,moped also is not free. So, hell ya traveling is bitchen, living out and about should an incredible humbling experience, and im betting there are tons more folks that would be doing it if their circumstances allowed for it. Fantastic and well worth the read! So very true. I can relate. Makes me feel less odd somehow since I know other people feel that way. So true! It makes me want to cry.
Your solo travel experiences really do build your core.
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I hope to go back to it one day and find someone who is on that similar wavelength. Thank you so much for writing this article. Yes, a part of me died while reading this but I needed to see this. A tiny fire of faith has been renewed. Thank you. Go to retirement and get your freedom! Next stop Burma.! Solo of course. Thank you! I, for one, am looking forward to getting back to routine, stability, a dog, family time, the material comforts of having a closet and hot showers again, and an office job.
I reject this. That attitude is what makes a lot of solo travelers really irritating, actually. Travel does not give you prerogative to stare down your nose at people read: the VAST majority of people who lack the privilege to travel as you have. Guess in some cases it does the opposite. Not being able to appreciate the people next to you and always yearning for something else is a great way to push people away from you.
This article is so true.
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And so did the friendships and relationships. And there are so many more examples I could make. Sad but true, expierences happen in transit but it is the life of the wanderer…..
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