What is your life?

What is your life exactly? Money, happiness, contentment?

The changing of the seasons always gets me thinking. And what’s been on my mind a lot (as I witness more and more people get “abducted” by the digital world) is “what is your life exactly?” What are people striving for these days?

And a few days ago I stumbled upon a post from Mike Cernovich of the Danger & Play blog that took most of the words from my mouth: Does Money Buy Happiness?

Some key points from that article:

  • Avoid mainstream TV, magazines, celebrity glorification sites (and we say sports, too).
  • “When you’re mindful, you stop comparing yourself to others. You change your focus. Instead of asking what others have, you look at what you have.”
  • Most people get angry or upset “when the world does not behave according to your ego, expectations, and entitlement.” (We feel social media has a role in that.)

Finding contentment really is easy if you find happiness with yourself and only yourself. Seeking validation from others only goes so far.

(On a negative note, he almost touts the happiness of people in Denmark, who are all recipients of government handouts – which is not sustainable long-term in our opinion…)

Living life right

Strive to learn (and recognize what that means)

Another angle that came to mind in regards to my own happiness – is that I find great enjoyment with learning new things. Most of the time we do it the old fashioned way, which includes experimentation, book reading, and in some cases asking someone face to face for advice or tips (especially those who are known to be knowledgeable about a particular subject). We use searching the internet for answers only as a last-resort. We’d lose the experience otherwise.

learning enthusiasticallyBut a great article from Verbal Vol over at Everything-Voluntary.com was called “Greatest Learning, Rothbard #1, Exluded Middle.”

He marveled at how his grandkids were “learning avalanches,” to how even he, in his older age – still eagerly learns at a blistering pace.

He quotes Rothbard: “If a man has the right to self-ownership, to the control of his life, then in the real world he must also have the right to sustain his life by grappling with and transforming resources; he must be able to own the ground and the resources on which he stands and which he must use. In short, to sustain his “human right.”

The article concludes with the importance of learning: “An alert human cannot help but learn constantly, but a wise person will optimize learning.”

You should check that blog out – very non-mainstream topics grounded in reality.

Anyway – learning real things is a blast. Becoming a seriously self-sufficient person across the board, while having a kid-like enthusiasm at the same time. Win-win! Have some kind of expertise in everything fundamental around you. Cooking. Repairing your own problems (like cars, plumbing and electric.) Building furniture by hand instead of buying it from IKEA.

Doing things like that makes you so much more happy inside that being “all caught up” on what is happening with the Kardashians.

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