for the hipster in all of us
In the 1980s, Thomas was a starving college student and aspiring screenwriter. That’s when his father helped him “get a real job” in corporate America.
The rest is a miserable mess of perfection; an upwardly mobile lifestyle that built a career and supported a family.
The old normal.
While enduring three decades of self-loathing for settling on a passionless career, he finally dropped out for fear of dropping dead – peeling back 30 years of his professional life for a career do-over.
In 2018, Thomas spoke to several young men and women at the Burning Man event in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Many already felt trapped in aimless careers and struggled to keep pace with rising rent, transportation, and food expenses.
They sought his sage throwback-style advice.
His 60 years, he discovered, had value. “The millennial generation are seekers at heart, among them, the hipster subculture is especially well educated, talented, and curiosity-minded. They are critical thinkers who reject religious or political dogma, preferring to go to the source of an event or happening to experience for themselves the truth.”
The choices we make and the energy we invest work together to improve the quality of our lives, but they rarely intersect to become the flashpoint that ignites personal change. “The job you got fired from is the one you go back to under another roof.
The same is true in relationships, hobbies, and just about everything we do. Our lives are riddled with hot paths, similar to a pheromone-seeking ants, keeping us on the roads most traveled and going to the places most visited.”
Thomas believes the process of becoming one’s authentic self is always a work in progress. The good news is it’s 100% in our control.
“I love hipsters! They are genuinely open-minded and willing to learn new tricks, even from an old man nearly three-times their age.” They tend to be deeply-committed crusaders with strong personal convictions – the values they practice everyday.
No doubt, there is a little bit of hipster in all of us.
Are you ready to transform your life? Are you willing to be fearless and determined and disciplined enough to become your authentic self?
When we are stuck in the muck of settling, we fear change. We embrace mediocrity in our daily routines and rituals. We feed our addictions and fail to nourish our soul.
Hopefully, you realize there is only one way to be you. Only one way to leverage your unique talents. Only one way to live without regret. And that is to do what you love.
If you’re not sure what that is, simply listen to your heart and it will reveal itself naturally. The meaning of life for you is the same for me, and everyone who has ever lived: it comes with trusting yourself and having the courage to pursue your inner calling, dream job, and passions.
And when you do, share your stories with others and keep traveling off the beaten path.”