Set Yourself Free
I struggle day after day with the life I am expected to have. Wake up, go to uni or work, come home, go to the gym, watch unintelligent, mind-numbing TV made for people who want to watch other people live their lives because they’re too bored with their own. Make dinner and go to bed. Only to wake up and do it all again before graduating, finding a nine to five, getting married, buying a home and raising a family.
The other day, I felt like rebelling against this. Fuck you world, I thought. I’m not going to be sucked into your omnipresent vortex of monotonous life. So I woke up and read a book in bed while eating pasta for breakfast on a Monday. I didn’t even clean my teeth or ring to cancel an appointment I purposely wouldn’t attend. I then skipped a university lecture to drive out to a national park barefoot, braless and alone. I wandered through the dry bushlands and lay in an opening under the sunshine to ponder the meaning of life before ants decided to try and eat my foot off. I drove home and ate muesli while on the toilet, then sat on the street corner with a stiff G and T and watched other people on their regular afternoon walk.
I have a phobia of routine. I live a constant battle of trying to find little bursts of adventure and exhilaration in everyday life. I am endlessly craving nature, liberty, silence and simplicity. I blame you, travel. It’s the freedom of packing a bag of essential material possessions and hitting the road, purely to explore, that makes your soul hungry for that lifestyle. One where you wake up with no alarm and then decide what you’re going to do, one step at a time. It’s living in the moment that’s important, appreciating the present.
We live such busy, timetabled lives, so far removed from the beautiful physical world that lingers outside our office windows. We have to find a way to reconnect. We have to let our minds think about deeper things than an outfit for Saturday night; we have to free them and let them soar, release their creativity and imagination and disregard everything we are told to do and believe.
Dare to be different, oh travellers. Satisfy your cravings of ocean, of jungle, of wilderness. Do what you have to do to survive, sure; but enjoy it. Life’s short and Mother Nature didn’t put you and everybody else on the planet with the same manual of how to live. Escape and find those little bursts of freedom wherever you can.