Most of us are Living in a Fog |

My family and I just spent a glorious weekend in the Victorian High Country, where we walked through rugged bushland, played simple games by the fire, and revelled in great conversations.

Early Sunday morning, my dad and I took a leisurely stroll through the bush that nestles again his property. Soon, our conversation turned to his neighbours; particularly, the strange behaviour some have displayed over the years – including my estranged cousin, who moved there about 15 years ago.

It seems this semi-remote country village has attracted some strange types – some of them quite mad.

I won't bore you with the specifics because much of it is quite trivial, but really, that's what struck me the most. So many of them seem to be living in a fog, obsessing over trivial nonsense and in doing so, they miss the whole point of living. They're surrounded by paradise and yet they can't get past the noise in their heads to see it.

This is something that really bugs me. I see it everywhere. I liken it to telling someone they've won $100 million in the lottery and then having them complain about the colour of the envelope containing the prize money.

I've talked about this many times before but I reckon it bears repeating. To even exist on this planet is so unlikely, it's pretty much impossible. So many things had to happen exactly right for each of us to be born that just being here right now is something like a one in 400 trillion chance. And yet, we obsess over dumb shit.

We want more money. We want more stuff. We want people to like/respect/fear/envy us. We want to do stuff we enjoy and we want to feel that we matter. We're pathetic. And yet… it's all understandable. We're like processionary caterpillars, each following the idiots in front of us. We're conditioned to obsess over stupid meaningless bullshit.

Our consumption-drenched culture has a lot to answer for. The fundamental problem is this: Things we pay for, we value. Things we get for free, we don't value.

Of course, the reverse is true.

It didn't cost us anything to be born, so we don't value it. Yet being on the field and playing this game called life is utterly priceless. It can't be bought, and we only get one shot at it. Why do so many of us waste our time yelling from the stands? What the hell is wrong with us!?

I could run off a list right now of 100 things we should all be grateful for, but you'd probably zone out, click away and unsubscribe to this blog. So I won't.

But please, please recognise this. You are incredibly lucky. So lucky, it mightn't actually sink in till you're on your deathbed. But for heaven's sake, don't wait till then.

Embrace this incredible, twisting-turning, unpredictable moment you have on this planet. It won't last very long. It's already Thursday night where I am, and I swear, it was only Thursday a few days ago – or so it seems.

Stop living in a fog of mindless trivial thoughts and instead, soak yourself to the core in the magic of your brief time on earth. Invest in moments with your family. Spend as much time as possible amongst nature. Pursue your passions and your curiosity. Cut all the crap out of your life. Stop chasing status and power and control. None of it lasts. You only have now; this moment.

Live.

Embrace this incredible, twisting-turning, unpredictable moment you have on this planet. It won't last very long. Click To Tweet

 

******

Breathe Again - Debt Free in 3 Simple Steps | iPad Edition

 

One of the biggest obstacles to freedom and our ability to enjoy life is consumer debt. I've written a book on killing off your debt. It's only nine bucks, and I promise it'll pay for itself thousands of time over. If you have debts, you need this book. Get it and thank me later.

 

 

Related Articles

Why I’m Embracing Minimalism
5 Reasons it isn’t too late to Change Your Life
Happiness is a Game of Subtraction
How I Found Time for Me
Why The Joneses Will Hold You Back
The Number One Rule From my 74yo Mum
How it Feels to Live on Your Own Terms

The Tools I Use and Recommend

Tools and Resources for Solopreneaurs

Books Worth Reading

The Power of Now – by Eckhart Tolle
Minimalism – Live a Meaningful Life by The Minimalists
Everything That Remains by The Minimalists

 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope we get to hang out more in the future. And in the meantime, please feel free to share your own experiences. You can email me directly at peter@midlifetribe.com. I respond to all emails. If this was beneficial to you, please consider subscribing and sharing with someone you think would also benefit. 

Disclaimer & Disclosure: I'm not a psychologist, and I'm not a financial advisor's elbow. This material doesn't constitute financial advice but rather a collection of personal opinions, based on my own experiences. Some of the links on my site are affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase, I will earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. I provide links to services or products I have used and liked or researched and recommend. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you believe they will be beneficial to you


Also published on Medium.

Related Posts
Comments
  • Dr Ishtiaq Malik

    Hi,

    I visit the best blog and read the nice article.

Leave a Comment

Pin It on Pinterest