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To be or not to be a bee.

Dear diary!

I have been following Chris Guillebeau’s blog – ‘The art of non conformity’ – for a while now.

Here is a guy who quit his business and decided to travel the world and write about his experiences while doing it. Just another backpacker you might think, but wait – Chris makes almost 50,000$ a year! By his own admission, he spends 90% of his time doing things that he wants to do and 10% of his time doing things to make money.Β  My kind of life!

I am increasingly convinced that I must be self-employed. 9 to 6 is not going to cut it for me. There is too much to see, learn and experience in this world to spend half my day at a cubicle.

I am going to spend the next few months actively contemplating this question. I am not going to wait for the next big idea, instead I am going to focus on doing small things that teach me what I am capable of doing. The big idea is (hopefully!) just a small idea that makes it big!

There is no utopia, no paradise, just a desire to wander. As a wise old man once said:

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;

The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;

Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

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  1. Nikhil Thatte
    June 17, 2009 at 5:51 am

    Very nice post. Blessed are those who find wonder and enjoyment in their workplace itself! And twice blessed is he who sees wonder in every activity of his life!

    • June 17, 2009 at 10:21 am

      Blessed? You said Blessed?!!

      I thought ‘blessings’ are a “…means to wield power and subvert & control the minds of
      the believing millions by a section of the intelligent few in a
      community using the un-impeachable power that the unprovable tenets of
      religion give them by way of institutions, codes and books.”


  2. June 17, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Not all those who wander are lost!

    words that never fail to make me feel better about myself!

    i particularly like these lines from ‘i sit and think’

    “I sit beside the fire and think of all that I have seen,
    of meadow-flowers and butterflies in summers that have been;
    Of yellow leaves and gossamer in autumns that there were,
    with morning mist and silver sun and wind upon my hair.
    I sit beside the fire and think of how the world will be
    when winter comes without a spring that I shall ever see.

    For still there are so many things that I have never seen:
    in every wood in every spring there is a different green.”

    life really is too short and wonderful to spend it waiting in a tiny room slaving away at finding the next big idea.

    i wish you luck with the contemplating. and i hope u’ll share the answer with the rest of us confused souls.. πŸ˜‰

    • June 17, 2009 at 10:22 am

      Oye, I doubt if anything I share will clear up any confusion that other confused souls have! It might worsen it πŸ˜‰

    • June 19, 2009 at 9:53 am


      PS: thanks for the poem, i like it very much!

  3. Suyash
    June 17, 2009 at 6:19 am

    seconding the last part of Tangled Up in Blue’s comment! πŸ˜€

    • June 17, 2009 at 10:23 am

      Suyash, you hardly qualify in the ‘confused soul’ category! Grad students are a whole different species!!

      • Suyash
        June 19, 2009 at 8:20 am

        Grad students are also people! πŸ˜›

        • June 19, 2009 at 9:52 am

          jeje, yes yes, of course!

          btw, why is your blog silent these days?

  4. June 17, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Nice post! I like the clarity and the unity of purpose in the post πŸ™‚ I hope you will make progress in this contemplation.

    I do not think at this point that true liberation comes neither from sitting in a closed space, or from wandering themselves. It comes from, as Morpeheus would say, freeing your mind…

    • June 17, 2009 at 10:28 am

      Thanks unawoken! I agree about freeing the mind.

      I was going to end the post with Bob Marley’s “Redemption song” and the line: “…emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind…”

      The devil lies in the details tho’ πŸ˜‰

  5. June 17, 2009 at 10:07 am

    And you changed your blog title πŸ™‚

    • June 17, 2009 at 10:29 am

      woooot, at least someone noticed! yuss, ‘travel, think, explore’ was mighty cheesy but i had been lazy!

      • June 19, 2009 at 9:16 am

        your new title reminds me of Stephen King’s “The Shining”

        • June 19, 2009 at 9:51 am

          zomg! wat dat!?

          new title is an innocent reference to bugs bunny, nothing morbidly fascinating like ‘the shining’ !

  6. justuju
    June 17, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    About time Mohito! This calls for some discussions with wine! @Tangled up in Blue, thanks for the lines from I sit and think. Like it very much!

    • June 17, 2009 at 5:02 pm

      Its Mojito with a jota. Discussions over wine need no excuse. Name the place and time and I shall be there!

  7. June 19, 2009 at 10:15 am

    “You like lamb, Doc?
    You don’t? What’s your favorite food?
    French fries and ketchup.
    l think we can manage that too, Doc.
    Come along. Watch your step.
    How’d you know we call him Doc?
    -Beg your pardon? -You called Danny “Doc” twice.
    l did?
    We call him Doc sometimes, like in the Bugs Bunny cartoons.
    But how did you know?
    l guess l heard you call him that.
    lt’s possible. But l don’t remember. . .
    . . .calling him that since we’ve been with you.
    Anyway, he looks like a Doc, doesn’t he?
    What’s up, Doc?”

  1. December 14, 2009 at 9:15 pm

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