OK, OK, I Give. Lifestyle Design is not for Everybody
I’ve said before that I thought at least some of the principles of Lifestyle Design could be used by anybody. Questioning the predominant work ethic that teaches us to become corporate drones, working 40-60 hours or more every week for someone else while living for the weekends and a few weeks of vacation every year seemed like something everyone could do.
Boy, was I wrong about that.
As an optimist at heart, I suppose I try to be inclusive too often. By saying anyone could take advantage of lifestyle design, I legitimately hoped that everyone could get at least something from it.
It turns out that most people don’t want to be helped. They’re perfectly happy living the lives that corporations, big media and society want them to. They are fine with being part of the well-oiled machine that makes a shrinking group of people rich and powerful while leaving the masses empty and unfulfilled, but cleverly satiated and supportive of the power structure. These people are defined by consumerism.
How did I come to this conclusion? Through a steady stream of conversations with people that end up with them angry at me because I suggest there might be a different and better way to live. People I know have told me they boycott this blog because the things I write about aren’t possible for them.
There are countless excuses, and I hear more every day. From having kids, to having the wrong career, to having to support ill family members, I’ve heard all kinds of reasons why people “can’t” live the life they really want to. The funny thing is, for each excuse I’ve heard, I have also met someone who has overcome the exact same circumstance to live a unique and remarkable life.
Anger might be a natural emotion to feel when confronted with radical change. Some of the people who are so angry about lifestyle design may be capable of overcoming that anger and actually doing something interesting with their lives.
But sadly, most people will not. Even worse, those who don’t break out of the competitive consumerist status quo that America has become will continue to be human fuel for the soulless corporations that run this country.
So fine, I give in. Lifestyle design is not for everybody.
Not everyone can live anyway they choose to.
Not everyone can ditch the standard deferred life plan in favor of a rich and fulfilling life of travel, learning, solid health, great friends and interesting work.
Not everyone can recover from their addiction to corporate handouts and create their own unlimited career.
Not everyone can choose to seek something more than money, a bigger house and a better car in life.
Who can do any of these things?
Remarkable, smart, driven, passionate and capable people can. People who question rules and authority can. People who want to support their neighbors instead of big faceless companies can. People who want to make something of their lives can.
Will you join me?
photo by Pickersgill Reef