And I'm off!!

Trip Start Feb 25, 2010
Trip End Jan 01, 2011

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

  Today marks a huge transition in my life. Today I reject the American dream and I take the first step to conquer my own dream. Today I push away my desire for material belongings. Today everything I own fits in the bag on my back. No longer am I motivated by money, no longer am I envious of those who have everything. Because I have seen that those with everything have less than those who have nothing. A simple person living a simple lifestyle is content, only with what they need. On the other hand a person who “has it all” so to speak, a financially successful person, will never be happy with their place in life because it will never be enough. The American dream pushes us to reach for the stars, while this may seem to be a positive goal, it forces those who strive for it to never find peace. The very act of reaching for the stars mandates that they never stop striving for them. It means that even when one buys the car of their dreams, they will merely set their gazes on the next car. It means when a person finally achieves that promotion or recognition they have been striving so hard for, they will only look towards the next one. So at what point is it permissible for one to simply look at all they have accomplished, smile upon their empire and sit back to enjoy the fruits of their labor? Well the American dream allows such things to come at retirement. So why then, I ask, should I spend the golden years of my life working for the system and stressing out about mundane goals and accomplishments, waiting for the point when I am to damn old to enjoy all the work I have put in. It makes more sense to seize the opportunity now, and rather than live with my eyes on the future, live completely in the moment.
             My motivations now go no further than the genuine pursuit of happiness and spiritual enlightenment. I realize that the level of financial freedom that I want should not surpass the level of financial freedom that I need to survive. Our society is on a dangerous downward spiral, where social classes are becoming more distinct, social networking has all but ruined interpersonal relationships, and health and stress are becoming a national epidemic. People are so concerned with how other people view them, that it seems for many people that their only motivation for success is how they are viewed. I was once part of this. I liked driving the fancy cars to the fancy clubs with the bottle service and the sexy girlfriend. Not because I was successful, because I most certainly was not, but because I enjoyed people seeing me as successful. This pretentious lifestyle is rampant in most urban areas of California. Why does one buy jewelry? Does it really make a person feel pretty? Or does it make that person’s perception of how other people view them increase, thus increasing their perceived self-worth.

          So from this point forward, I pledge to live in the moment, to live for myself and not for how others view me. I pledge to free myself from pompous desires, and focus on internal happiness rather than external possessions. I pledge to search the world for the answers that I do not yet know the questions to, and I pledge to share them with the world once they are uncovered.
             To all my friends and family, trust in my safety, follow your heart and follow your dreams, and never let anyone, especially a dollar sign tell you that you can’t. Because where there is a will, there is ALWAYS a way. 

             A very close friend once shared a famous quote with me, “Life is not about finding yourself, Life is about Creating yourself.”  My creation begins now.
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journeyh on

WOW Quest! This is the most incredible blog post I've ever read! Such clarity and food for thought. I'm so proud to be your sister!

Victoria on

good for you Quest. I feel like I had those same dreams once but recently I have lost sight of them. I would love to hear about your journey as it unfolds. I need some inspiration to take those same steps, starting now....Good luck! I wish you the best!

The Dohaneys on

Quest, You are a fabulous writer. I love your post. You are so right. Keep us updated.

gawthrok on

Quest! Very profound and well said. We all have our journey's in life (not referring to your sister, LOL) and I commend you on the one you are about to embark on. My travels overseas were full of discovery and liberation - better than any classroom or job could ever provide.

Be well, and share my man, SHARE!

Aaron Bennett on

Hey Quest. Go for it. This is something that I feel pulled to do. Yet I also have an equal pull to "do" the Western world, so to speak. I'm not going to tell you to take pictures or take videos, but if you are, that'd be interesting to see. All the technology may keep you plugged in. Maybe you want to completely unplug. I hear they have amazing and cheap massages in Thailand. Hoora!

Carol McCoy-Flick on

So amazing!!! What an inspiration!! Here's a quote you may like Quest....

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure. Helen Keller

David Cummings on

Have safe travels my dear friend. i will always be with you!

Jill ROman on

Dear Quest - you were born to do what you are doing...........your name says so! I send you all my love, good wishes for your journey of discovery, enlightement and nourishment for your soul! Blessings for a safe, adventurous, colorful passage! We love you........Dennis & Jill

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