for the hipster in all of us
In the 1980s, Thomas was a starving college student and aspiring screenwriter. That’s when his father helped him “get a real job” in corporate America.
The rest is a miserable mess of perfection; an upwardly mobile lifestyle that built a career and supported a family.
The old normal.
While enduring three decades of self-loathing for settling on a passionless career, he finally dropped out for fear of dropping dead – peeling back 30 years of his professional life for a career do-over.
In 2018, Thomas spoke to several young men and women at the Burning Man event in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Many already felt trapped in aimless careers and struggled to keep pace with rising rent, transportation, and food expenses.
They sought his sage throwback-style advice.
His 60 years, he discovered, had value. “The millennial generation are seekers at heart, among them, the hipster subculture is especially well educated, talented, and curiosity-minded. They are critical thinkers who reject religious or political dogma, preferring to go to the source of an event or happening to experience the truth for themselves.”
The choices we make and the energy we invest work together to improve the quality of our lives, but they rarely intersect to become the flashpoint that ignites personal change. “The job you got fired from is the one you go back to under another roof.
The same is true in relationships, hobbies, and just about everything we do. Our lives are riddled with hot paths, similar to a pheromone-seeking ants, keeping us on the roads most traveled and going to the places most visited.”
Thomas believes the process of becoming one’s authentic self is always a work in progress. The good news is it’s 100% in our control. Thomas smiles, adding “I love hipsters! They are genuinely open-minded and willing to learn new tricks – even from an old man nearly three-times their age.” They tend to be deeply-committed crusaders with strong personal convictions. At their heart beats the values they practice everyday.
No doubt, there is a little bit of hipster in all of us. So what ever your background or plans are for the future, I invite you to stop what your doing right now and ask yourself the hard question: what will it take to transform my life? It really is a trans-generational question. Are you willing to be fearless and determined and disciplined long enough to become your authentic self?
Hopefully, you realize there is only one unique you. And there is only one way to live without regret and that is to do what you love. If you’re not sure what that is, clear the clutter and the noise that surrounds you, and listen to your heart. Knowing what you are meant to be is as simple as trusting yourself, then pursue your inner calling (some refer to as my dream job, or my passion). And when you do, share your stories and keep traveling off the beaten path.”