What makes you get up everyday!

It seems like such a simple question and yet it could be one of the most important.

To start off let’s have a look at the image below.

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Lets call this impressive chap Fred.

Fred has a really simple and yet successful life. What makes Fred get up everyday? Simply his pre programmed desire to survive and propagate. Things are very clear to him and have been since childhood. Hunt for food, make a cozy weatherproof shelter, find a woman and make babies. After that, ensure that his kids grow strong and finally return to the earth a wise old man with a swollen tummy and a full heart.

It really is the simplest way of life one can get with ample time to share stories of bravery around fires, take in the sights and sound the wide open world has to offer. Some would argue adamantly that this was the golden age of man, where we experienced hardships yet mental and emotional bliss.

That being said, let’s fast-forward to present day.

When you wake up in the morning do you wake up with an alarm? Are you excited for the day ahead or are you just going through the motions?

I assume like most people you have to go to work. Why do we work?  Silly question. We work to make money. What do we do with this token of our labours? Very basically we use that to pay for food and a place to rest our head at night. Everything else we purchase should really be just to facilitate comfort and ease in achieving this goal. If we achieve this by all intent and purposes we are in fact successful.

This is where it gets interesting. Lets for a moment say we won the lotto, or whilst walking in the woods stumbled onto a pile of gold bullion. This would buy you, your wife and your kids a place to live and food till a ripe old age. Would you be successful ? Why would you then get up every day? Would you jump out of bed with a smile, ready for the next day of relaxation? Would you be HAPPY? Lets hold that thought for a moment.

I read a story of a normal working class family, that won a few million dollars in a State Lotto. You would think that they would have their life all sorted. What did they do? They bought flash cars, paid of their home loan, then sold the house and purchased a huge house with more rooms than needed.

They then spent all the remaining money on a start-up restaurant. They all work in this restaurant 7 days a week, dawn to dusk to make ends meet.  At the time I read the story, the restaurant was not really working out well and they had sunk every last cent they had to make it work. In fact they were running into quite a lot of debt. They were having their meals at their place of business to cut costs. The entire family was getting up begrudgingly, climbing into fancy cars to go to a place they hate, to serve tables.

What was it that drove them back into working to achieve the very thing they  let slip through their fingers. Is it the social programming, consumerism or the fear of success that drove them back into this hole? Why would you have all your financial concerns met and then put yourself in a position that you need to serve people food to make money to buy the very thing you had before you started.

Many successful business men and woman have written books with insights into what makes a person happy as well as successful.  One statement always seems to crop up in many forms but basically says the following, you must do what makes you happy and you will become successful. I am a big fan of sleeping. I sincerely doubt that it will make me successful or buy me the house I need. However I can understand the premise.

We all need money to purchase the things we need. If you enjoy the chosen occupation then you will be much more engaged , thus you should be more successful at that job. Successful in terms of you will enjoy getting up for work as you enjoy the activity. The money will be a secondary issue of importance. If you enjoy making money, you will then wake up happy to dig pig swill if the hourly rate is good. Its my opinion. You either work to live… or live to work.

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This possibly explains why some men suddenly wake up one day with a mid-life crisis. Am I a success? Have I wasted the best years of my life chasing a dream that I pushed away every chance I got?  The important thing is to remember that once you have a roof over your head and a full tummy. Think very clearly… What makes me happy? What makes me jump out of bed like a kid on Christmas morning!

If it’s the thrill of making sales, then sell dodgy second-hand cell phones on street corners. If you like fixing stuff or have a bit of a DIY thing,  maybe fix and/or modify  cars. You will love the challenge.

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Just don’t fool yourself into thinking you doing it to make money. You will be miserable. Chances are you will not succeed or be successful not to mention be bored to death. The only person you will fool is yourself !

Our time on this rock is very short. The time that we have to actively do the things that make us happy is even less. Be very honest with yourself and strive for those moments.

Ascertain, Engage and Achieve.

Well that’s just my humble opinion anyway.

Thank you for reading.

Dan

How free are YOU?

What is freedom ?  A Simple question or is it.

We are all familiar with the term incarceration. You commit a crime, you are tried in a court and if found guilty you get sent to jail. Solitary confinement and jail time are the worst form of punishment that man has dreamt up without infringing on human rights. Traditionally you are assigned a certain amount of time (depending of the severity of your crime) , to a small cell where you sleep, a mess hall where you eat and a yard, where if you lucky you can get a few hours of sunshine a week. If you are well behaved you can get assigned a little job punching number-plates for a few dollars a week (room and board are included).

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My understanding is that the hardest part of doing time is not so much “doing the time” but the routine. Nothing changes, it is exactly the same routine every single day. The relentless repetition and routine grinds down on even the hardest criminals. How do you know your in jail? The security and barb wire fencing and your loss of freedom. Your punishment is the constant reminder that you don’t have any choice in your day-to-day activities, every decision is made on your behalf and your just a zombie doing your time. I think we can all agree that we all would rather avoid any time in the clink if at all possible.

This is what is interesting to me. If we look at our lives in modernity we can all say we have given up certain aspects of our freedom. The question is really how much have you given up or lost unintentionally. I was having a quick think about the various lifestyles we choose to see if I could draw any parallels.

On the extreme end of the scale let’s look at city living. We constantly cram ourselves into tiny rooms in grey multi-story building blocks, with various security measures including 24 hour surveillance , buzzers , intercoms, key card access, endless rules and the list goes on.

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Our routine is to wake up, make a quick breakfast if we have time, rush of to some bus or underground train, clock into some very important irrelevant job that involves flying a desk. We then rush off as the clock strikes the hour back to your block to catch a take away “sad meal” on your way to check in for a shower and sleep time. Five or six times a week we do this,all in the hope of our one or two days off (invariably to buy food in preparation for the following week). We eat sleep and repeat the cycle, watching a clock, day in and day out till we either get a better job with a bigger cell ( Apartment) or we burn out. The only distraction is the chance of surrounding ourselves with more expensive and trendy trappings to numb the pain and the eventual demises of our dull existence.

There are many parallels between that type of life and incarceration. However people who live in the suburbs are better off in certain aspects no doubt, however they to have the same fundamental underlying issues.

Lets for a moment look at hard core drug addicts. The supposed scum of the earth. Have you ever for a moment thought of what’s its like to be in their shoes.

Prisoners if I have ever seen one. Never see one far from home for long or have any real freedom of choice as they are under a clock. No fences or high walls keeping them locked down. Just the threat of time. Time till the next fix is like a gun to their heads, always cocked and ready to fire. The ever present need to reset a clock that never stops ticking.

Have you ever dreamed of sailing away off into the distance?

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In reality it can be wet and cold, your all alone in desert of unmanageable expanse, monotonous dehydrated food and bad conditions with the ever present threat of loosing your life in a freak storm.

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What could possibly be inviting about something like that? Well maybe, The freedom of choice. The freedom to go anywhere at any time and the unknown over the horizon. Freedom to explore. The choice to set your sails to far away lands and adventures.

The facts are , no one can exist in this world for any amount of time without money.

You cant be happy without a certain amount of it, its our life blood.Anyone who tells you different is either clueless or wealthy, in my experience its the latter.

We all have to sacrifice certain freedoms in life and make compromise’s to get by. I have made way to many to mention. We all need to find a way to live our lives in a full and satisfying way.  I have found that we don’t need to be walled in to be prisoners in modern society, in-fact its really easy. As humans we adapt really well. It has helped us thrive but it can just as easily turn against us. One day its unthinkable, the next its a option and then finally, its expected. The trick is that we must not forget what we are working towards and whats really important in the long run.

Of all the worldly possessions we could possibly get our hands on, the most valuable commodity we  have and the only commodity that increases with each second that rolls buy is, time. The real question is…..

What are you going to do with yours. 

Thank you for reading. Anyway it was just a thought I had the other day, lets not forget its only my humble opinion.  Please feel free to share any comments or thoughts you may have.

Dan

Excess, what price are we willing to pay?

With the year at a close and a new one ahead, social convention dictates that we mark this occasion with new and determined resolutions.
Most of these New Year resolutions will be forgotten by morning and the remainder are sure to wash away into obscuraty by the end of the week.

We so often inflate our egoes and continually remind ourselves how incredibly smart we are because of our technicological achievements, thus we tend to live massively opulant lifestyles.
Our so called leaders waste huge amounts of money on planes and houses furnished with the very best and latest of fashion trends while their people live in abject poverty the list could go on and yet come election time all we hear about are promises of change.
They squander their countrys natural resources for instant, often personal fiscal rewards.The madness goes on and on.

Even the grandest of city’s with huge skyscrapers with every five star amenties one could dream of would not last a week without living
in symbiosis with our natural world. Working with one another not against each other.

I decided a little while ago that I would do my part to try affect some sort of change no matter how small and seemingly insignificant.
I like to believe that our little blog including our videos do in some way help in this regard.
No matter who you are and what ever your social standing is, I believe that every action and choice we make has a trickle down and ripple effect.

Now days with the help of information sharing via the internet we are exposed to a powerful resource. We need to use it. Fresh ideas and uncensored reporting is available for the world to see if they choose to.
Coming from a country where even music was sensored for political reasons it is something that younger people take for granted.

I dont want this video to distract or demine the selfless acts that men and women perform in conflict.
No matter what colour, creed or religion you are, I am sure that we can all agree that it makes no difference. The motivation for the impending posilble loss of your life,for your cause/belief is the ultimate sacrifice. If nothing else we have to respect that. I dont want to get onto the who is right or wrong bandwagon but more the long term consequences of our actions as a war-ing people.

Sometimes we get so caught up proving a point that we can easly miss the wood for the trees.
Does it really matter who is right when we destroy everything to prove that point.
In the past we have faught for political agenda, gold and oil. If we continue along this path burning down our forests poisoning our water and polluting the sea.
The next major war we will face, we will fighting over food.
I would like to point out that I was not behind the camera for every bit of footage in this clip, so with this in mind I would like to thank the people who made the extra needed available to me. It is very much appreciated.
I would also like to mention a few sec of footage was taken from a patrol not so long ago.
(During this patrol the solders took small arms fire from all sides.Late in the day CPT James Nehl was hit by a enenmy sniper,The wound resulted in his death)
If we could spare a moment in thought of his family and friends he left behind.

I am realistic in that we have a huge mountain ahead with many twists and turns, not to mention no single blog no matter how good it is will not change the world.
However if this can persaude just one person to think twice about going on a canned lion hunt,choose not to order shark fin soup,or even just pick up that piece of litter that you would normally avoid.Then I think it is well worth the effort.
(I still struggle to understand how shooting a sedated lion that is in an enclosure can possibly be a sport. How can watching an intelligent and incrediably social mammal perform tricks in a tank be classified as entertainment. Or how is it possible that a zoo always seems to have cute newborn animals to drive ticket sales, where are the old ones… animals age right!)
I could make a much longer video showing you the senseless slaughter of animals and the shear devastation of our activities not to mention some of the natural wonders I have been fortunate enough to witness. It is not my aim to depress people into a hopeless state of depression.
I just hope I can add to the momentum of free thinking.
If you think anything that I have said makes a tiny bit of sense or has made you think for just a moment, please share this post/video in your social networks.
You may contribute in making that tiny difference, which counts.
As people will be lamenting the days gone by when you could safley drink spring water, see wild animals actually in the wild and be able to grow plants in dark rich soil.
These are not the ravings of a mad man unfortunatly this is soon to be fact.

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Perhaps this year we can start something new making our resolutions count.
Dan