Alternate Lifestyles: Living our Ideals
I’m one of those people who left the cubicles to live simpler life. When you quit your day job, you will then realize that the pay cheque every month was the primary reason for living where you are now. At least quitting made me think more clearly and made me wonder why I was living in a very expensive city. It just didn’t make sense anymore. After a couple of years of contemplation (I shouldn’t have waited for so long), I decided to leave the country for a little while.
So I moved to South America for 6 months. And man, it was liberating! The simpler way of living made so much sense to me. I was simply happy, so happy that I am going back soon hopefully permanently.
Some of you might be thinking, “well I don’t have that kind of money!”. Neither do I. But I’m just going there just to see how things go. If it works out, great, if not, I tried it at least. Lots of people come to North America, work illegally and pay no taxes and they survive.. They are the smart ones. I’m not advocating working under the table publicly, but all I’m saying is, there’s always many alternative ways to survive. And the important thing is to execute your ideals and make them your reality.
If you feel that the world is against your ideals, then just get out and realize that the world is bigger than you think. There’s always a spot for you. You just gotta find it. Once you found it, there’s no need to fight the system.
I live my life by striving to follow what I believe in. I’m not religious, or very spiritual, but I do have core values that I maintain through my everyday actions. I am in university, but I have chosen a program that reflects these values. (Social Justice and Peace Studies). I fund this school with low-skilled, minimum wage jobs so I do not have to take out loans, therefore not incurring debt and becoming a pawn in our system. This is building my knowledge, and self, so that I will be able to choose a rewarding life dedicated to social movements and the protection of the environment.
Future plans: travel for a couple years after university. Teach English in Quebec, France, South Korea. Intern on an organic farm for 1+ years. Get Masters in Environmental Sustainability. Work for NGO or other non-system related employment, contributing to the overall satisfaction of my life and the improvement of our Earth and socio-economic system. Buy land. Build Earthship (http://earthship.com/). Eat local. Practice yoga, holistic medicine. Fall in love a lot. Meet new people. Appreciate everyday.
I find that making yourself happy as an individual is the first step to changing a society and a culture. If you live the life you want other’s to follow, they will see the joy it brings to you and the benefits of the work you do. Live in a community that shares your goals, it is easier to organize with like-minded people. Share your beliefs with other non-like-minded people. Expand your consciousness by engaging with as many different people as possible. Minimize your stress by following your heart. I also understand that this is coming from a privileged perspective, as I am able to enjoy all the opportunities that I have listed above. I recognize this is unjust, so a lot of my life’s work will be focused on empowering humyns that surround me with the same driving force I feel, and working collaboratively to allow all these opportunities to be available to all.
Praxis: Yoga, Vegetarian/Vegan, Activist, Organizer, Carer, Meditate, Sleep 8 hours a night, Travel, Buy local, organic, sustainable, Plant Trees, Garden, Buy secondhand, Love your body, Love yourself, Take care of animals, Bike, Walk, Run, Skip, Eliminate things that bring you unhappiness, stress, Love, Understand other perspectives- even if you do not agree, Use natural products, Make new friends, Read the news, Read non-fiction, Read fiction, Knit, Stitch, Paint, Dance, Cook good food, Drink good wine. Opt to stay engaged, Say hello to your neighbour, Smell the flowers. Watch the sunrise, see the sunset. Look at the stars and moon. Enjoy your life (in my opinion you only have one, we might as well enjoy it to the fullest extent).
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