One of the aspects of life where we can act with purpose is our impact on the world. I know, that is a pretty bloody big aspect of life. But by world, I mean taking responsibility for our environment and the impact you have on it. Things like charity and philanthropy get covered in the FI:RE part of this blog, community gets picked up in the Minimalism section. This section is about the land, the air, the water and nature. Our natural environment. The shit that keeps us alive. It’s kinda important.
After a bumpy start, in my late 20’s I decided it was time to get a career and move on in the world. Time to start adulting. You know, work harder, take on more responsibility, earn more money, and probably wear a suit more. Buy grown-up things. And despite not really knowing what I was doing it turned out I was pretty good at this career thing. Things went stellar in fact. By 38 I was a director of a multi-billion-pound international business. I earned a great salary, had a big house with several acres of land, a couple of cars, all the gear for several expensive hobbies, and shiny toys for the garden like chainsaws and ride-on lawnmowers.
The downside of all that was that in reality I was miserable as fucking sin.
19/04/2020 Drew Ed
For 50 years the western world, and now most of the planet who followed its lead has been driven by a model of consumption, ownership, and replacement of “things”. And in that same half-century, there has been a significant increase in dissatisfaction with life, a loss of sense of self, and a decrease in the quality of mental health. We all desire things we don’t need, bought with money we don’t have but try to get by doing jobs we don’t like or borrowing. While we are chasing the holy dollar (or whatever currency you have) we have lost connection to people, places, and what really matters. Forgotten what makes us happy.
Drew Ed 17/04/2020
People love a label, an identity, a group or a gang. We are pack animals, evolved from tribes but messed up by modern urbanisation and lifestyles. But take a look at identity politics and see how much we still want/use/focus on it. FI:RE has rapidly become one of those things.
FI:RE breaks in to two parts – the FI and the RE.