Why are we so caught up in living our lives under the context of other people's opinions? It traps us - it limits us - it keeps us in a box. We are crippled by it, and it becomes a cycle where we are mentally forced to posture ourselves for opinions. Someone's opinion of you ISN'T your reality.
HAPPY EARTH 🌏 DAY!! A few books from one of my bookcases.
In my university days my academic advisor got me an invitation to sit on a think tank from an academic research facility based in South America (Timezone was crazy) about; sustainability, the future of the earth, communities, change, economics, politics, evolution etc. Not from a local point of view but from a global perspective - the.whole.world - conceptualising pathways for a better way for the whole world.
I was in way over my head, these were people who had dedicated 20+ years of their life to this work in their respective fields.
So, I would log in at some crazy hour of the morning in my bedroom with pen and paper and just take notes. For hours I did nothing but write, I filled notebooks.
And then I would show up at my academic advisors office door with whiteboard markers and demanded to know the answers. ( I think this may be where he gets the idea I am headstrong I’m not really I’m just all or nothing)
I had so many questions, there were so many answers I needed to know.
But there was one link I was able to make early on, and that was the transition from the theory to the tangible. And that created a shift in me.
I can’t remember the exact conversation, but at a micro level during one of our conversations I literally mapped out a business plan. I didn’t even know that’s what I had done - looking back now I realise that I had mapped a many to many business plan that was an alternative to the current capitalist system, not an overthrow, an alternative. I didn’t realise I had done it, it was just so basic obvious and logical.
And so I moved myself into a place where I could learn how change is made, to deeply understand what currently is to be able to conceptualise and create change to what can be in a tangible way. And while the process is simple, it isn’t easy and it takes time, and comes at times a great cost but I’ve been moving - and now I am shifting into a space where I can move faster and better.
I could not have done this without those few people along the way who maybe didn’t see what I saw but they saw what I was and where I was going, in my academics, in my career ❤️