It sounds a little bit dramatic… but we sold our condo and are hitting the road.
We don’t have a home…literally.
This blog will document our travels – partly to help family and friends keep up with us. And, it will help us remember what we do since life seems like a blur of memories.
At some point recently, we realize the standard blueprint for life didn’t really fit for us. And mainly it was the work part. Thoreau said it best and we agree that it seems foolish “Spending of the best part of one’s life earning money in order to enjoy questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it…”
“Spending of the best part of one’s life earning money in order to enjoy questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it…”
In other words, why is it a good idea to work for 40 years to reach the goal of retirement. Is there any reason that you can’t flip that on it’s head and enjoy life right now. A lot of people work all year long so they can take a vacation for two weeks just to make the other 50 weeks tolerable. That is no way to live.
We decided to work in places where we would want to vacation. That’s not always easy and it is relatively uncommon depending on the circles that you run with. So we actually didn’t quit our jobs but rather we have found ourselves in the unique position that allows us to work almost anywhere. We only need a good internet connection.
The theme at Vagabonders is not isolated to travel and you see that it’s related to a mindset and life-style. At this moment, it feels a lot like Office Space meets Fight Club with a touch of the 4-Hour Work Week. The topics are so related in my mind that I can’t separate the ideas.
Office Space is the masterpiece by Mike Judge, released in 1999. When I first saw Office Space, I thought it was good but not great. Now, it seems like the perfect representation of the modern work place.
Here is one of the most important lines from Peter:
We don’t have a lot of time on this earth! We weren’t meant to spend it this way! Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about mission statements!
Then, there is an scene with some great dialogue (see below). Peter is talking with some efficiency consultants – he is basically being interviewed to keep his job.
Peter Gibbons: You see, Bob, it’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care.
Bob Porter: Don’t- don’t care?
Peter Gibbons: It’s a problem of motivation, all right? Now if I work my ass off and Initech ships a few extra units, I don’t see another dime, so where’s the motivation? And here’s another thing, I have eight different bosses right now.
Bob Porter: Eight?
Peter Gibbons: Eight, Bob. So that means when I make a mistake, I have eight different people coming by to tell me about it. That’s my only real motivation is not to be hassled, that, and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired.
The main take away is that it doesn’t seem like such an obvious choice to work you ass off for a big corporation with little to no recognition, knowing that the corporation can lay you off for no reason. It was a different time when people worked at the same company for 30 years, and there was some loyalty back then. It isn’t like that anymore. Ironically, you don’t have to work all that hard to keep from getting fired.
Fight Club was also released in 1999, an adaptation of the Chuck Palahniuk book of the same name. It isn’t really a movie about fighting, but a movie about materialism, the fallacies of corporate and cultural influences, and about life in general. Yeah, there was some fighting, too.
Here are a few of the great lines from Fight Club:
The things you own end up owning you.
Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions.
As we were in the process of moving out, I thought about Fight Club a lot since we were getting rid of a lot of things that we didn’t need.