2017 is over and done with. It was without a doubt one of the most bizarre years in recent memory. A madman took over as ‘leader’ of the U.S.A. His policies have been nothing short of scary. The environment, once on the road to being protected is now being open for corporations to plunder to their hearts content. Net Neutrality, a cornerstone to a free and open internet has been tossed in the garbage by a vile, greasy shill for the ISP providers. The recent tax overhaul will bankrupt this country for years putting the poor in even more dire straits so the rich can get richer.
We now live in a corporate dictatorship, run by ruthless and greedy businessmen who care not a lick about anything but more profits. It will not get more better in 2018. These bastards have complete power and nothing will stand in their way to gut this planet for all it’s worth. People will die because of what they will do, be it because of war, poor economic policies, or downright criminal activities. Now, more than ever, is the time to be out of debt, minimal in lifestyle, and mobile.
For myself, 2017 was a year of ups and downs. It started off good, but had one of the most horrible summers in recent memory, damn near wiping me out mentally and physically, only now from which I am recovering. Said year ended at least, on a good and promising note. While I am settling in on Maui, it was absolutely heartbreaking to watch as Hurricane Irma ravaged the Keys, a place I still consider home. But, to their credit, the Keys are recovering and doing well, yet, there will be more storms.
I lost a lot of friends this past year, not to deaths, but to politics. The current government opened up an ugly side to this country and as a result, people I once considered friends are no longer. My travels and experiences over the years taught me about many different cultures and peoples, especially here in Hawaii. The idea of racism, bigotry, bullying, and hatefulness against those who are ‘different’ just does not make sense to me. We are a world economy, tied together in many ways. To think we can live behind a fucking wall and keep others as our subservient and obedient servants is preposterous. But, too many think they are superior to others and it showed this past year. Said friends I have lost I will never forgive nor contact again. I’m ashamed to have even known some of them.
Nonetheless, I am looking forward to the new year. Financially things are good. Mental and physical health has improved. I’m not planning to do anything major in 2018 like relocate again, or make a major purchase. It would be nice to just be an island bum for a year or two or three but things could change. The upside I am more better prepared for most anything which comes this way, except maybe for nuclear war. You really don’t appreciate the danger until you hear the island testing it’s early warning nuclear attack sirens for the first time since Eisenhower was president. It’s amazing there are people in power who actually believe nuclear war can solve problems. (Well, they are sorta, kinda right. It solves overpopulation, over development, and worrying about the future.) But, as I said, I’m looking forward to 2018.
What about you? What are you going to do this year? Will this be the year you move to an island? Mayhaps take a boat and sail across the Atlantic? Take a chance and strike out on your own, free of the corporate world, and create your own life to your liking? Or, will you just go back and do the same fucking things you have done every year in the past? Work the same worthless job? Ring up more debt just so you can have more things? Sit at home at night reading blogs like this wondering what it would be like to sell everything and take off on an adventure, but still you wind up going back to work the next day, changing nothing, taking no chances, risking nothing?
It’s up to you. If you are not happy with your current situation it’s nobody’s fault but your own. Only you can make the conscious decision to make your life what you want it to be, not what the corporate warlords tell you it should be. Nobody told me I could move to Florida, take up scuba diving, ride motorcycles, live on a boat in the Keys, or move to Hawaii. In fact, more than a few told me I couldn’t do all those things. I never listened, nor did I obey.
Perhaps it’s time for you to stop listening and obeying others who have no right whatsoever to dictate what you do with your life. The world is there, waiting for you to come and explore. It cannot be found in some cubicle farm, it’s not behind some retail counter, and you will never find it working 40 hours a week for some corporation which doesn’t give a Norwegian rodent’s posterior if you live or die, as long as you produce more than you cost. It can only be found if you are willing to take a chance, do something out of the box, be able to deal with the consequences of your decisions, and learn from them.
This is the only world we got but there is still plenty in it. Even if it is just a small speck of light from everywhere else. Our time here is short. Don’t waste it.