I’m a personal development writer. So I don’t usually contribute to social media sites. But I thought it might be interesting to uncover how today’s social media technologies are making it possible for many people to live the life of their dreams right from their living room – or, in my case, from my RV.
An Unconventional Lifestyle
I’ll start by telling you a bit about my own family’s experience.
You see, we don’t live a conventional life. We don’t work at conventional jobs. We don’t drive conventional cars, you name it – we aren’t conventional. We travel when we want. We live how we want. We stop and live anywhere that the scenery suits us. Or where the neighbors are nice. And if the neighbors become annoying? We move, of course.
I have no boss. Neither does my wife.
My kids attend no schools. Yet they know more about the world and the people in it than most kids can ever dream of knowing. And they can read faster than I can (at least my 11 year old can). They are children of the world, just as their parents are. No, we are not hippies. We don’t live out of a VW bus and sell hemp products.
We enjoy the good things in life. Luxuries. Technologies. Comforts.
If you met us on the street you’d think we were ordinary people, though perhaps a bit well-to-do. We shed the heavy expensive crap that sucks up most people’s resources. We discovered that we really didn’t need it.
How Social Media Fits In
So, what does our unusual lifestyle have to do with social media? Everything. You see, if it wasn’t for social media, none of this would be possible.
We finance our lifestyle with it (at least in part). We use it to connect with other people who are also living this nomadic lifestyle so we don’t feel alone or isolated. Our kids utilize it to keep in touch with their friends, and to make new ones. They particularly enjoy the voice technology of Ventrillo that is associated with online gaming, which allows real-time voice communication with their friends worldwide. I’m not sure if that technically qualifies as social media, but it satisfies the same function for us.
As long as we can stay “connected,” there is almost nothing that I cannot do from the road that I can do in a fixed place. As technology improves, there is simply less and less reason to tie ourselves down anywhere. That is, unless we simply enjoy being in that place. That is a key point here.
For many years people have lived where their work requires, or have spent countless hours each day commuting to and from those places. We refuse to do this. And we sacrifice very little because of that choice. Time is our most precious asset. It is the only thing that cannot be recovered after it is spent. So why do so many of us waste so much of it?
I spend a great deal of my time with my kids. And with my wife. And when I’m not with them, I’m blogging about our lifestyle. Or just hanging out, doing whatever I want to do. I spend none of my time commuting, dealing with jealous or lazy co-workers, or kissing my boss’ rear end – well, maybe my wife’s ;-).
When you are on your deathbed, wishing with your soul that you had just a little more time with your loved ones, how will you feel about your decision to spend months of your precious life sitting in a car, in traffic, alone or with strangers, going to and from work? How will you feel about all of the special moments with your family that never happened because you were too busy doing things that you really aren’t crazy about doing anyway?
For a very long time you had little choice in the matter. But no longer. Today, technologies like social media allow human interaction, business and personal, to occur just about anywhere. And that means, for the first time in a very long time, ordinary people like you and me can organize our time around those things that truly matter to us.
So, what are you waiting for? Here’s to social media and its technological cousins. Long may they empower us!
Social Media and Your Lifestyle
Whether you live a more conventional lifestyle or not, please share how blogging and social media has helped you live the way you want.