Deciding To Live With Purpose
Every man is the sum total of his reactions to experience. As your experiences differ and multiply, you become a different man, and hence your perspective changes. This goes on and on… So it would seem foolish, would it not, to adjust our lives to the demands of a goal we see from a different angle every day? How could we ever hope to accomplish anything… The answer, then, must not deal with goals at all… We do not strive to be firemen, we do not strive to be bankers, nor policemen, nor doctors. WE STRIVE TO BE OURSELVES. But don’t misunderstand me. I don’t mean that we can’t BE firemen, bankers, or doctors…but that we must make the goal conform to the individual, rather than make the individual conform to the goal… Beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living WITHIN that way of life.Hunter S. Thompson
This is the front screen from a presentation I gave to a global group of students from around the world on Saturday. I am building knowledge, insight, data, and lessons here. The biodome 2.0 project is as much about learning from failure as it is about learning to learn.
Here I am at a crossroads. A moment in my life where I get the chance (and the challenge) of deciding to live with purpose. It’s not that I have not been doing that, It’s that I am choosing to do it my way.
I want to turn Mezzacello Urban Farm into a tool for good in the coming climate, food security, and water insecurity era we are in. I want to leverage my passion, my farm, my talent for Applied STEM and inspiration for others. And I want to commit to this full time.
I love my job. But I am also a dedicated and hyper-focused worker and I left Mezzacello languishing (except in summer when I ran camps). I attempted to balance it all, but I am incapable of doing that with a full heart.
Transitions are NEVER easy. I and I KNOW it is privilege and luxury to get to chose a life lived with purpose. I am hoping I can make this work, and I may need help.
Change The World
If we are going to change the world, we need to start with action. Action, attention, inspiration and experiences that empower, advocate, and inspire hearts and minds young and old to realize their value and power to solve these problems. My mission has always been grow, maintain, sustain, explain.
Let me in the next few days do all of those for this audience. I will be announcing this on Monday, 17 April, 2022. Follow along if you will.