Does anyone remember the movie Fight Club? Brad Pitt and Edward Norton star in this violent flick about what else? Underground fight clubs. In my slightly younger days this was in my top two movies along with Pulp Fiction. There were several scenes that I wasn’t able to get out of my head and as I got older and really started to understand what those scenes were really about that things became clear. Well…clearer anyway.
Fight Club wasn’t just about random dudes beating the piss out of each other. Sure, parts of it were just that and nothing more but that’s not the point. There are several quotes that I’ve managed to dig up on the internet that seem to relate to my life at the moment. These quotes for some reason seem to relate to my journey into a minimalistic lifestyle. Like when Tyler Durden says…
Tyler Durden: Fuck off with your sofa units and strine green stripe patterns, I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let… lets evolve, let the chips fall where they may.
Tyler Durden: It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.
Both of those quotes are great! No one is perfect and not one person is ever complete! In my eyes, life is about learning and growing. As I have said before, the more of my personal belongings I shed, the more I grow. The more I learn about the world around me.
The second quote makes total sense in my mind. You can take that either literally or figuratively. The less I have the easier it is for me to reach my goal in life, which is to travel, make new friends, and see the world for what it is.
Tyler Durden: You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.
Tyler Durden: The things you own end up owning you.
Again, the items we own end up owning us. In my experience, (for most) the more money you make the more debt you have. How is it that someone making $20,000 a year is broke after paying bills and a person making $60,000 a year is also broke after paying bills? Both eat, have fun, and live their lives.
Now imagine if you were to live like you make $20k a year but really make $60k a year. Think about how long you’d have to work to save enough to travel for a year or two or hell, even three? How long could you make $40k last overseas? I’m sure it’s a long, long time.
Narrator: If you wake up at a different time in a different place, could you wake up as a different person?
I leave you with this last quote. My answer? Absolutely! I’m a firm believer that you can hop on a plane and fall asleep and wake up landing in a foreign country and reinvent yourself. Become that person you always wanted to be. Who’s there to judge you?
Nobody but yourself….