I recently saw an Instagram post that said "STOP THE PRODUCTIVITY GUILT" written across a stovetop espresso maker. This couldn't have come at a better time for me. The idea of giving up everything to live in an RV is directly correlated to what I am terming as "21st Century Burnout." In some way we all know what this means. As a society we are constantly overloaded with information and sensation. We are overburdened with expectations to survive in a world focused on consumerism and capitalism. The result is that we are separated from the earth, separated from each other and most importantly, separated from ourselves. We are burnt out. I am burnt out. After years of constantly wanting to do more, wanting to be more I am feeling this burnout more than ever.
It has left me with a deep desire for simplicity. In a world dominated by technology this might seem like a bit of an anomaly. Quite the contrary, however, I would argue that it is on the verge of becoming an epidemic. Why else would our careers, our socioeconomic statuses, money and our day to day lives leave us feeling empty and unfulfilled? Well, the answer is simple. It's because we are. We are unfulfilled on a much, much deeper level.
I know this because the more I try to keep up with "business as usual" the worse I feel mentally, physically and spiritually. Little by little I have experienced "busy-ness" as a sickness that drives me away from the present moment on a personal and a social level. If we are just busy enough we can avoid our failing relationships, our failing health, our bad habits, you name it. It also makes it easier to dismiss what's going on around us-climate change, global warming, political upheaval-because if we just keep carrying on it will all go away. I firmly believe we are at a revolutionary crossroads where that is not the case.
We get to choose how we want to live at this crossroads. For me, I choose to live with intention. I choose not to wake up every day feeling tired and utterly drained from the world around me. I choose to live in a way that is nourishing, free and rooted in simplicity.