Free in an Unfree World
“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” — Albert Camus
That quote is one which I try to live up to as much as possible, especially given the wave of authoritarianism that has swept the country and much of the globe during the past year.
When I say "authoritarianism" I don't just mean things like government-imposed lockdowns and proposed vaccine "passports."
I mean the authoritarian nature of "Wokism" and anger porn that has come to embody much of our media and the national discourse. Busybodies who feel that, instead of taking accountability for their own lives, have decided it's easier and more effective simply to criticize, mock, marginalize, cancel, and "deplatform" those with whom they do not agree.
If that's you, more power to you.
My family and I have chosen a different way.
Tomorrow, I celebrate my 46th rotation around the sun. I mark the occasion as we are eight months into our freedom travel adventure (currently in Austin, TX) and preparing to head west to the desert and up into the mountains.
It would be easy for me to focus on the noise of an angry society.
...For me to feel all is doomed.
...To join in the anger and anxiety and judgement of those with whom I disagree.
...To get worked up over the health habits (or lack thereof) of my fellow Americans during a pandemic.
But I, along with my family, have chosen a different way.
It's a been a little more than three years since I closed my seven-figure PR and ad agency, overnight, and began building a life of freedom and fulfillment.
Now, as I turn 46 years old, I'm in the best shape of life my life, more prosperous than ever, with stronger relationships than I've ever had with my wife and kids.
During the past year, we've refused to have a lockdown mentality, choosing love over fear and freedom over conformity.
Whereas a four short years ago I was 60 pounds heavier and subject to horrible anxiety attacks, today I'm stress free, pain free, and inflammation free.
For a long time, I've had this nagging feeling that I'm "meant to save the world."
And, trust me, during the past year, that feeling has become strong.
What I've realized, however, is that the best thing I can do to save the world is to be the best me that I can be. The best husband. The best father. The best coach and consultant. The best author and writer. The best trainer to the companies who hire me.
I can continue to provide an example of freedom in "an unfree world."
Some people will see that as an act of rebellion.
Some will continue to claim that because we homeschool, or because we travel during a "pandemic," or because we refuse to watch the news, or join a political tribe, or conform to the norms...that we are selfish.
So be it.
For them, our lives are an act of rebellion.
For others, our lives can serve as some illumination to those who feel in their soul that there is another way; who know that the fear that leads to apathy and conformity is not the best way to live their lives.
So, as I mark my 46th birthday, I am fulfilled. I am free in an increasingly unfree world.
If you'd like to come along for the ride, let's do it (and grab my book while the Kindle version is only 99 cents)
If not, perhaps you're simply not ready.