What Would Matt Do

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What would matt do?

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You know what I’d do? I’d travel completely across the country to see if I can’t find a better life for me and mine. I’d go with almost no money, with some help from my friends, and hope for the best.


Well, that’s a good question. And the answer is because nothing else fits.

I’ve been living in FL for another 11 years (I grew up here and then moved back) and I don’t like it anymore. I don’t like the economy build on the flesh trade (tourism), I don’t like the angrily-waiting-to-die mentality many have here. I don’t like that I can’t find many like minded people. Mainly though, I want my family and I to live in a place that brings joy every time we go out in it. I want to visit more places than different swamps or beaches (though, it’s hard to get too upset about beaches). We want mountains, snow, hiking, camping, kayaking, etc. Heck, I’d like it if it didn’t take a clean 6 hours just to get of the state I live in. Don’t get me wrong, FL has some great parts, and some great people, but it’s time to move on.

Here’s hoping I find all of that and more. Or at least I find a job and way to get by for a bit longer so I can plan something else. Because not having a job is great, but not having money just doesn’t seem to work with the rest of society.

So what would I do? I’d move. I’m leaving in 5 days. Me first, and then when I get some funds and a place, I’ll fly the family out. I admit, I’m a bit nervous that everything will work out. I do have faith.

Written by Matt

February 24th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Posted in Drivel,Thoughts

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  1. Can we get an update on this, Matt? I’d like to know if you went through with this, where you moved to, and how it is working out for you…because I think I’m going through a similar thing. At 40 years young I wondered if it’s a mid-life crisis. Basically I realized I’m not terribly happy with where I’m working, or even where my family lives, but you do what you have to do for your family. I have a (somewhat) secure government job with decent pay and good benefits and the kids are in a good school district that will get them off to a good start in life if they prove academically inclined, so I can’t really complain, but man! I am not so happy with what I’m doing right now.

    Reading some good news that someone else has packed up and moved out and made a fresh start and are loving their new life would be fantastic.

    It’s like following Ixobelle’s Blog with him bringing his family over from Japan and trying to break into the gaming industry. You want to see someone else succeed because then you can live vicariously through them, safe in the knowledge that if you really did have the balls to make the plunge and try to change your own life in such a drastic manner that you could actually make it, too. It doesn’t mean you will do it, just that if you did, you could make it. It’s like mentally winning the lotto every time you buy a ticket. It helps keep the dream alive even if the dream will never actually come true.

    Capn John

    12 May 10 at 1:09 pm

  2. John

    I can truly appreciate your situation. You know what I want to be doing? Living and working on a piece of land way out in the middle of nowhere. Something with a river. Or traveling the country and then other countries.

    Instead, I’ve still got a day job, a decent one, but a day job all the same. I still spend 40+ hours a week doing something I couldn’t really give a crap about. I do good work because if I’m going to do it, I might as well do it right. But it’s on software I’ll never use…

    Why? Because I have a family and to get the things I want, I need to both provide for them and get my shit in order to get that. Still be a part of the system for the moment. So I make grand plans, I work, I take joy in my family, my brand new surroundings and in the idea that I’m not just working, but working towards a goal. I have faith that at least some of the plans will work out and I won’t have to wait until I’m 65 to quit working on a regular basis.

    What I’m saying is, I’m not living the dream. I’m just pushing what I can do within the limits of my situation. So if you don’t like your job or your surroundings, talk with your wife, see what she thinks, make a plan together to change things. That’s what we did. It’s not easy. But if you want it, figure it out and work towards it. You’re already working, right? Might as well work towards something and not depend on a corporation or government for your retirement or the like. Lots of people are moving from the busy world to the country and trying to find a simpler way of life. That’s my ultimate goal for setting.

    *shrugs* I’m not trying to preach at you. I don’t know anything more than anyone else. I’m sharing how I approach things. If I don’t value it (working 40+ for the man, essentially), then I gotta try to fix it. It sounds dumb, but only you have your answers.

    I hope whatever you and yours decide, you find joy. That’s all I’m trying to do, find joy. Find value in my life, in what I spend my time doing, to raise my kids the best I can and prepare of the future and hope for the best.

    And wish I knew as much as Sadhguru.

    Be well man.



    28 May 10 at 10:08 pm

  3. Hmmm…that got long. ;)


    28 May 10 at 10:08 pm

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