guest post by Rich Keller
There are moments in your life when one door closes while another opens.
This doesn’t happen on a regular schedule. It can take place anywhere
and anytime in your life. It can be so subtle that you may not even know
it. Then again, thunderous crashes and creaks can represent the closing
of one portal and the opening of another. For me, the path between
doors led to a revelation in which many more journeys will take place.
For privacy reasons, I shan’t go into too many details. Be assured I’m
not seriously ill, or going to war, or heading off to Alpha Centauri
with my new alien friends. For simplicity sake, let’s say I came to a
great epiphany during one of the lowest points in my life. A change in
my domestic situation provided a great gift … freedom. And I decided to
utilize this precious commodity by shedding many of my unneeded objects
though minimalism and transforming myself into a digital nomad.
Instead of seeing the world through the microcosm of the media, they experience it firsthand.
For creatives, including myself, taking on the world as a digital nomad
is so right. I’ve always been a traveler, gaining experience for two
weeks each year when my father took us on our annual summer vacation. I
learned more about this country than I could through textbooks and AAA
pamphlets. And I took this love of travel into adulthood.
the culture of consumerism drew me in. I bought houses and cars,
thinking I would feel better if I could keep up with the Joneses. But, I
never did keep up nor feel better. The weight of bills, lawns, and oil
changes kept the love of travel at bay. In turn, it also kept the
creativity on simmer instead of quick boil.
Thing is, we’re a nomadic society. Think about your great, great, great,
great, etc. ancestors who walked across Pangea and the land bridges
which once spanned this planet. They had to be creative to survive. And
they didn’t “settle down” to spend time rocking on their rocks and
complaining about the kids who wouldn’t get out of their mud pits. They
continued to move, to explore, to see things from a new perspective.
And this is what I’m doing as a wandering creative. I want to see the
world for myself, to draw energy from other cultures and environments,
for that is bound to forge a new spike of power in my creative soul.
Sometimes, this will be through my podcasts and videos. Other times it
will be through my writing, and still other bouts of creativity will
come from the challenges I make myself take. To minimize all of this
into one statement … I’m going to take responsibility for myself as well
as others in my life.
understand this type of journey isn’t for everyone. However, should you
have the chance, step outside of your comfort zone, close the door
behind you, and seek out the adventure which is behind the new entryway.
It’s the next step to determine who you really are.
Lynn chimes in...
I met Rich through my past involvement with the Northern Colorado
Writers organization. Then I had the opportunity to be a guest on The
Daily Author podcast, promoting Watch My Rising: A Recovery Anthology.
Rich is a bright, humorous guy and I'm excited to see what he'll do as a
digital nomad--hopefully he'll send back lots of dispatches from his
Richard Keller is the owner of Wooden Pants Media and host of The Daily Author podcast. His new video and podcast series, The Wandering Creative, premieres in July. You can learn more about Richard, his company, and his books, at http://www.woodenpantspub.com.
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