Inside Out

The road to happiness

The fascination with Chris McCandless was the topic of a blog last week that got me thinking. To those who are touched by the life and death of Chris there are probably many reasons why they feel a connection with this modern day outcast. To me it was his whole approach to life, to take another road as the rest of us.

gravel road through a fall landscape in Denali National Park

somewhere in Denali National Park

I am fascinated by individuals that choose a fringe lifestyle in the pursuit of happiness.

Today is Superbowl Sunday. Millions of us, including me, will be glued to the TV, watch the game, while being bombarded with the most outrageously expensive commercials of the year. Advertisements that were produced to make us buy more things. What for? To increase the revenues of corporations, to secure jobs? How long does it really make us happy to drive that shiny new car? Does it make us cool or hip or in, if we drink the same soft drink or light beer as the models on TV? Maybe the ED drugs are the closest thing to provide temporary happiness…

The question remains: “Does it make us happy to have more things?”

How much life time  and energy do we spend, or should I say waste, to make money, so we can buy more than we need?

I know, there are people living in poverty, below the poverty line…

And there are plenty of studies and teachings that state not worldly possessions, insurances, and securities make us happy…

Where do I go with this? A friend encouraged me to read “The Man Who Quit Money”, which describes the life of Daniel Suelo, a man who chose to live without money. That’s not possible you say? Daniel is not the only person who gave away his life savings. There are others. Not all of them are wild men, surviving in the woods or the desert, eating wild onions and squirrels. There is also Heidemarie Schwermer, an educated mother and grand mother, who has lived in Germany for the last 19 years without relying on money.

Most of us, can’t go that far. It’s up to us to find our own road to happiness.

a red apple falling from the sky, a pair of hiking boots, and a remote mountain landscape in the background - symbolizing freedom and happiness


Now I understand my fascination with extreme life styles and choices. They show me what’s possible.


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