YK’s 365 Release: Day 54

I live a laid-back existence where I only do what I love because I worked assiduously and endured many hardships to make my life this way. In a way, I am always “on vacation” because what I do never seems like work, it is passion.

I ensured my work would be portable so that I could travel and move freely. I chose work that I love because why do anything else? I educated myself thoroughly on many different fields and trained myself in a variety of skills to prepare myself for a broad range of situations.

I take naps regularly. I eat healthy and well. I smile and laugh everyday, often. I see friends regularly, create things everyday. I know without a sliver of a doubt, that I am living my destiny, that I am living a meaningful life, and that I have changed the world already in the short time I have been on this planet.

I’m a dreamer, but I make my dreams come true because I pursue them. I am also not afraid, because I had to eliminate fear long ago to open myself up to learning my lessons through experience (see Day 15).

I believe in everything. I believe anything can happen. I believe in my capacity to flex the boundaries of what we are given to make what was once considered unbelievable, believable. I believe we have to challenge what is accepted to see beyond the imagination.

There is no practice. Life is a real-time experiment, especially since dreams are things that have never existed before, and in order to make them happen, you have to be a mad scientist, doing the unimaginable, going against what you thought possible.

Some days I dream of inventions and contraptions and I bolt up, write them down and quite often, I contemplate them for days to revise and improve them. Finally, there have been a few times I have made prototypes of what was only once a vision in my mind. Our minds can do anything and the possibilities are infinite. The trick is to allow it to expand. We have to believe our minds can bend the spoon for our minds to be able to bend the spoon.

The idyllic life is often illustrated by a hammock in a tranquil setting, such as a beach or in a forest filled with green trees and no one else. Perhaps because I am always seeking the ultimate pleasures of life, I bought two hammocks (one for myself, and one for a fellow camper/traveler/adventurer that I might meet along the way) many years ago and have never been able to use them, until recently. They were designed to be strung between two trees. I’ve rigged one, however, so that I can take it out and string it in my bedroom room on demand, suspended next to my bed, by the windows, swinging above the floor, and for all intents and purposes, above life in general, in my own universe.

On day 54 of my 365 Release, I will be letting go of the other hammock that I have carried with me for years because I realize you can make paradise happen wherever you are. And when you live your dreams and you do what you love, every day you can have your hammock and lie in it too.


[I created the 365 Release Project to practice non-attachment, letting go and change by giving away 1 thing a day for 1 year. The background, vision and guidelines to the 365 RELEASE project are here. The running list of everything I have released is here.]

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