“Esther asks why people are sad. ‘That’s simple,’ says the old man. ‘They are the prisoners of their personal history. Everyone believes that the main aim in life is to follow a plan. They never ask if that plan is theirs or if it was created by another person. They accumulate experiences, memories, things, other people’s ideas, and it is more than they can possibly cope with. And that is why they forget their dreams.’” Paulo Coelho, The Zahir
We tend to live lives created by the age we live in. We feel like we’re supposed to follow habits, take common paths and listen to what our leaders tell us.
Consumerism is taking up big parts of our lives, causing all of us to get strangled up in that way of life more and more. But where is it really taking us? For how long will the joy we get from our daily habits last?
I’m asking you: why not create a life on our own terms? We can step away from the well known path, try something new and exciting and feel free!
More than ever, today is the time to start with this. Find 21 insights on living life on your own terms below.
1. Jonathan Mead, Paid to Exist
“You have to create your own freedom. If you don’t, no one else will do it for you. If you don’t have a plan for yourself, it’s likely that someone else does. Or you’ll just end up living by default, by a template you certainly didn’t design.”
2. Corbett Barr, Think Traffic
“Life isn’t a dress rehearsal, so why not spend it doing meaningful work and living fun, adventurous lives?”
3. Jacob Sokol, Sensophy
“It’s time to rise up beyond the unexamined beliefs which keep us in bondage. We’ve been brainwashed by the Man to adhere to his roles while concurrently devaluing our self-worth and discounting our intuition. It’s time to eradicate this propaganda and collectively create lives of authentic happiness and deep-rooted fulfillment.”
4. Talon Windwalker, 1 Dad, 1 Kid, 1 Crazy Adventure
“I don’t care what your dream is, if it’s going to college, having 25 children, or living a life similar to ours, I just want you to live your dreams. Make them reality, because you honestly can. I’m no one special or particularly unique. I simply wanted this type of life bad enough and was determined enough to not accept any other type of life. Like the phoenix, I continue to re-create my life and rise from the ashes. All you need is a bit of stubbornness.”
5. Dave & Deb, ThePlanetD
“But why does our society always focus on planning for the future instead of living for today? Wouldn’t we all be further ahead if we chose a life that made us happy and that we’d be willing to work at until the day we die rather than simply living for the day that we finally receive our gold watch and a pat on the back for a job well done?”
6. Matt Kepnes, Nomadic Matt
“Sometimes decisions we make ripple forward in our lives like giant tsunamis. I thought the day I quit I was just quitting a job. It turned out I was quitting a lifestyle. I quit the American Dream and, in doing so, I found my own and have never looked back.”
7. Nora Dunn, The Professional Hobo
“Everybody wears their own brand of rose-coloured shades when they examine the world. The tints and colours evolve over time, as our experience leads to new perspectives. But if you want to make a big change in life, you’ll have to more actively swing your tint to one that gives you the gumption, tenacity, and passion to move in a new direction.”
8. Derek Earl Baron, Wandering Earl
“Let me tell you this. If you close your eyes right now and think of travel, and a smile forms on your face and you feel a surge of positive energy spread throughout your body, then travel is definitely a good idea for you.
Don’t let others dictate your life or influence what you know in your heart is the right decision. I know it’s not easy to ignore such negative reactions, but you must push forward.”
9. Leo Babauta, Zen Habits
“You can start your own business. As a young man, I thought I needed to go to college and then be employed, and that owning a business is for rich people. That was all wrong. It’s possible for almost anyone to start their own business, and while you’ll probably do badly at first, you’ll learn quickly. It’s a much better education than college.”
10. Emilie Wapnick, Puttylike
“Think big. Write down your ideal vision, not some “practical” version of your dreams. Imagine yourself on your deathbed, looking back over your life. What is your legacy? Don’t be left with regrets.”
11. Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Non-Conformity
“Your life, too, is for spending. Your life should not be reserved for something great “one day” in the distant future. Your life should be spent today.”
12. Iris Barzen, Bright Little Socks
“If you’re anything like me, reading about what people regret on their deathbed makes you think about the way you’re currently living your life. It makes me want to go out there and live BIG, do the things I’ve always wanted to do not just on occasion, but to build a lifestyle around it. So I can live a life that matters.”
13. Bruno Coelho, The Rabbit Way
“It’s also about doing what we do not for the reward but because that’s who we are. So while we want our friends and family to support us… We don’t NEED it. While it’s nice for others to recognize our work… We don’t NEED it!”
14. Caz & Craig Makepeace, y Travel Blog
“We believe that life is about creating great memories and making it a story to tell, and we do that through travel.”
15. Ashley Ambirge, The Middle Finger Project
“Life shouldn’t be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, champagne in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, ‘WOO HOO what a ride!’”
16. Samuel Jeffery, Nomadic Samuel
“I’m hoping that those who want to make a dream trip a reality will keep that vision burning brightly in their minds because that’s where all great journeys begin.”
17. Iain Mallory, Mallory on Travel
Imagination is limitless, it can take us anywhere, far beyond the confines of our own situation or even planet. Even if only provided the most fleeting glimpse of a possible destination our mind is capable of taking us there. It is a powerful tool that uses fragments of existing knowledge, combining even memories buried deep within our subconscious to take us on an amazingly detailed journey.
18. Matthew Karsten, The Expert Vagabond
“Slaving away at a job I no longer enjoyed just to buy a bunch of fancy crap I didn’t actually need was not the life I wanted for myself.
So I decided to do something about it.”
19. Amy & Kieron, Don’t Ever Look Back
“Stop dreaming, stop wishing and make it happen. You need to earn most things in life and the opportunity to travel is just one of them.”
19. Colin Wright, Exile Lifestyle
“The way I see it is this: you have exactly one life in which to do everything you’ve ever wanted to do. After those 100-or-so years, you’ve got nothing…everything you’ve done will eventually be forgotten, and everything you’ve built will be gone. But even so, if you can look back at your life while on your death bed and say ‘You know what, I had one hell of a good time,’ you’ve accomplished a level of success much greater than some tycoon or politician or baby-daddy.
Find what makes you happy and figure out a way to do more of it. Bonus points if you can help others do the same along the way.”
20. Hannah & Chris Alford, Love Play Work
“Within the unknown lies a wealth potential. It may not be easy, it may represent a long and difficult path, but surely taking steps towards something which might be wonderful is better than staying stuck in something you already know is not? If we insist on ignoring what’s at our finger tips and limiting our options, despite all the evidence to the contrary, we may as well still be living in a period where we truly didn’t have any choices. Irrespective of what everyone may tell you, now is NOT that time.”
21. Beverley Reinemann, Pack Your Passport
“Getting other people’s opinions on places is great, creating a ‘Must Do” list from reading other blogs or books or watching travel programmes is great but ultimately it’s your life.
So do whatever feels right for you and don’t listen to everything everyone says about the places you want to travel. Just go and make up your own mind.”
What’s your opinion? Do you like the way things work today or do you have a great insight you would like to add to this list? Tell us below!