I've not made any official declarations regarding this until now, but I'm semi-retired.
Yes. I'm 34 and after all that I've witnessed and been a part of these past few years, I realize that life is happening—now.
Some may wonder, "How?"
I don't have a retirement plan, a 401K or mutual funds.
I'm not wealthy, monetarily. However, I'm rich at heart and I'm finally doing what I absolutely love waking up to each day.
So again, it may baffle some, just how a person could do such a thing, at such a young age.
According to old belief systems, by the numbers, I've got another 30 years of career ahead of me and for most people, they'll willingly make that mad dash each day—40, 50 and even 60 or more hours of work each week; to serve a variety of purposes like monetary and material gain which no longer serve the notions I firmly believe in.
It's a steadfast devotion to doing what we love—that's it. That's all Spirit asks of us—to do what we love, passionately and without compromise, guilt, explanation or excuse. Right, wrong or indifferent to anyone else's personal evolution.
Life is a choice. How we lead it is a choice. I don't have the answers for you. It's your choice to decide if you'd rather chase after something that may never arrive or learn to just be present, here and now.
This manifesto is not for everyone's taste, nor do I have any desire to even compromise on other people's beliefs. Save it. It will fall upon deaf ears. My mind's made up and once I've decided upon something, nothing can stop me.
I do not resonate with economic growth and profits (at the expense of our planet and Her countless inhabitants) to consider myself worthy or righteous (well, maybe sometimes but that's just my limited ego-self speaking out from time to time).
Again, many must wonder just how to go about becoming semi-retired at such a youthful age when so much opportunity to get ahead, lies just beyond….
I'll tell you my secret:
I've created what I call, a life plan—not totally unlike a retirement plan where one saves for the future but rather, a plan that I settle up with each day of my waking life.
My currency lies in the moments, not a bank account or financial institution earning interest off of my hard-earned (illusory) dollars that so many work feverishly to obtain.
A life plan consists of doing whatever it takes to live fully each day, because I've personally witnessed how, in just the blink of an eye, life can be taken away from us.
Impermanence is where the value and wisdom lies, I believe—not in possessions. To accept this, is a testament to what it means, to live fully, now—ever-present and attentive to the energy I'm investing here and now with those who appreciate my company and vice versa. I'm learning to own it.
All else is arbitrary. It doesn't matter, nor does it add up in terms of qualitative memories—investments through time, made through actions like happiness, content and laughter; even sadness or despair from time to time. Because guess what? That's life and it's all just a roll of the dice.
We're all part of some grand plan or mystery. I'll gladly give myself back when Creator deems it time to do so. That I've accepted. I no longer fear death, having brushed up with it so many times now.
Our understanding of death is largely false and highly misunderstood, anyhow (according to popular belief).
Tomorrow is not guaranteed, nor is my life granted unto me for sure when or if 30 years from now does indeed roll around or come to pass.
If I've not ever learned how to truly live until then, I may as well not have ever lived at all. These bodies are not ours to keep, nor is anything we may obtain outside ourselves. When I pass, this body will be surrendered to the same fountainhead which fed, clothed and nurtured me—through the proverbial thick and thin times.
To those dealing with depression, or loneliness—abandonment issues or lack of vitality, I'd encourage you to examine your life as you see it now from an outsider's perspective and I dare you to consider changing how you choose to earn moments worth saving and holding onto for those times where we need them most.
That's the kind of currency we can always rely on—of which will always be there for those rainy days.
We were not meant to fit in. No. We're misfits, meant to stand out and it's time to do just that. Let our influence be our guides, as way showers and wanderers—human angels and guardians of genuine spirituality, not dogmas or institutionalized beliefs; means of control and fear cultivation.
No apologies or explanations. Families, friends, loved ones and strangers can simply stand back in awe and/or shake their heads—whether to judge or admire; however they please.
This is free-will and I'll be damned if I don't start exercising it each day of my life. I'm tired of handing my power over to others and biding my time for something to change or that dam to finally break.
Abundance is whatever we create and whatever we make of it, whether it's in those material gains or pleasures—suffrage or utter joy; for no reason.
We're not here to please, impress upon or do as 'they'd' wish us to—simply to make 'them' feel comfortable. I'd encourage you while reminding myself, to stop dimming your light on account of others.
They're living their lives quite fantastically, even if their impositions remain under-foot for a time. Never give in to other people's sorrows or conditional beliefs.
Speak up, wildly and absurdly. Scream and yell if you must, to release that pent up hostility I know so many of us harbor. It's poison, you know? To hold onto such negative, low vibrational energy…let it go. Forgive, when you can or are ready to. Until then, fucking kick and scream—have your temper tantrums and stop giving a fuck what others think.
Seriously, fuck them if they can't do as you do and can only wish for you to step down from your alter of freedom and transparency.
Not all of us are slaves. Some of us will always be free, whether our bodies are beaten, imprisoned, worshiped or ignored. No one, not even the few can capture our spirit or imprison the mind, unless we allow it.
We're here to change the world and it happens in the mind of each individual, first. The sooner each of us empowers ourselves, the more effective our influence will be on those who are also awakening. To all else, their time will come and eventually the awakened ones will rule the world.
I have just one last parting statement: stop worrying ‘how’ it will all work out. If that’s as far as we ever get, we’ll never truly get anywhere. It’s in the experience, the wonder, awe and grand mystery where life truly awaits us.
Live happily—die young; no matter how old the body may get.