In the past few years, I have been lucky enough to talk with passionate individuals who are living truly inspiring lives. These people, whether they are writers, oyster-farmers, sustainable carpenters, or naturalists, have chosen lifestyles that involve freedom, adventure, and most of all a true appreciation of nature, art, and science.
I, like presumably many readers, have a less-inspired, more-orthodox lifestyle, and have all but regretted it every step of the way.
Somewhere along the road, staring down the fork in the road, I took the desiccated path, the one with walls, boundaries, and borders. But things weren’t always that way, as a young child, I was enthralled by musicians, artists, but most importantly, conservationists. Steve Irwin, Jane Goodall, Jacques Cousteau, and David Attenborough were forthright in my quickly developing brain, and I had a clear path to success. I was sure that I wanted to be a part of nature, and to devote my life to it like my heroes. Quickly after college I left for Thailand in search of adventure, and I found it. I traveled, explored, and dove, in places that I had dreamed of as a child but after a few years I still came back to a life in an office. Fresh air and enthusiasm were replaced by spreadsheets and KPIs, and my passion for office-life started dwindling. Something had to change.
Well aware that this lifestyle couldn’t go on forever, I was ready to do something about it. My passion to travel, learn, and work with my hands was a side-project, not my life, and I wanted to do everything I could to learn from people who have made it their everyday existence so that I could emulate them and start my own life. My curiosity was brimming and the conversations just started with every combination possible. People I met and admired. People I never met and admired. People I met and never knew I admired until I started talking to them, unintentionally uncovering what made them tick, only to find out that they had a passion project all of their own. With each conversation or meeting, I left with a stronger intention that I would go out and do something all my own. With data on my side, I figured that now was the time than ever. The conversations below emboldened me, and further galvanized my desires to live an inspired life. Below are these conversations…