“Life is not a journey but a destination.” // Emerson
Lately I’ve been on this (temporary) drive to get away from everything — responsibilities, technology…people. I think my mindset is still stuck in last week’s camping trip. And on that (more than temporary) note, I’ve caught myself in another mindset.
I want an into the wild moment.
“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.” // Chris McCandless
What are the essentials in your life journey?
Canonet + film – I need some form of documentation. It’s in my blood.
SoulPancake, Field Notes journal, Keri Smith – All the quirky nonsense of asking life’s big questions wrapped up into two books and a blank notebook waiting for my stupid answers.
A Million Little Pieces + Frankenstein – Two brilliant little books. Throw in Born Standing Up, Kaling’s book, or Gethard’s piece just so I’m not only drowning in angsty, drug abuse-ridden, emotional, death and destruction-filled novels.
Any kind of camera, journal, and books are necessary for my sanity. Music would just be an added bonus if I could construct a speaker system that charges an iPod from weeds and tree bark. But I’m not Bear Grylls. Hell, I’m not a magician, even Bear Grylls can’t do that.
Getting off the grid just sounds so perfect sometimes. Then the real world comes in with the strength and enthusiasm of a Mumford banjo and I am suddenly awake with terror that my life isn’t together.
Fear not fellow millennials.
We are just one collective, mutually understood, perfectly worded complaint away from destroying reality. But it might come to us in a Thought Catalog article, effectively leaving us with the decision to recharge our iPhones to read it.
Or it might just give us the right amount of the McCandless drive to chuck that iPhone out the window of the car fueling this life journey.