One Vision: Roots
Heads up: this post is gonna ramble on. Also, I am a fan of Queen. And if you don't get why I mentioned that, you need more culture.
I've been planning out this long post since I started this blog kind of explaining where I'm coming from. Presenting the vision so to speak. I'll start off with the foundation that set me on the current path, move into the vision for what I want to achieve, lay out the ideas to get it going, and finally lay out how I foresee it sustaining itself. These are, of course, all my opinions.
One of the driving forces in my life has been moving towards greater simplicity. I have found that I am more content when I have fewer attachments. Obviously that extends to physical items in my space, but it applies here in terms of relationship and responsibility. Fewer, stronger relationships and responsibilities tends to lead me to a more content and meaningful existence. Simplicity here also refers to being happy with less; more of what is needed, less of what isn't. I'll explain where I'm going in the next post, but I want to add some more legs to this stool.
One of the other things I've been moving towards is greater self-sufficiency. I think it really started when I bought a house on a piece of land that needed some work. Anyone who has a house with a limited budget knows what I mean. I've learned a lot about plumbing, electrical wiring, construction, and landscaping. And while I have not always been pleased with my results, I've always been satisfied with what I've done. At the same time, I've done my best to recognize when it's time to pass the work on to someone else. Time and skill are often the deciding factors. In starting a brewery, I want to walk that line of being able to do every job, but passing those jobs off to focus on where I'm more effective. After all, part of the point of starting a business is to build something that will eventually live on its own. That said, I have to build the foundation and set the course.
Obviously climate change is a vital issue that will have long term effects for life on the planet. Humans are a major cause (so you know where I stand) and while I am not convinced that humans have the capacity to change our behavior quick enough in a such a way that will prevent any negative effects, I do believe that humans have an individual responsibility to make changes in their life that will help mitigate those effects. I won't brag about what I do know, because that's not who I am. As for what I plan to do with Thirsty Nomad, the basic idea is to have a small footprint, and do my best to "leave no trace." For now I'll say that I want to start small and only grow in ways that minimize the impact on our habitat. Beer deliveries by solar powered drones. Just kidding.
I have found - largely from my sojourn in the West - that community sustained ventures are the ones that have the most impact for me. Continuing the life metaphor: it takes a village to raise a child. I intend to create a community around Thirsty Nomad and call on them to build it and keep it alive. While I'm not certain on how that's done, I do know how to ask for help. HELP!
The last driver of my vision is my martial arts past. Specifically, my drive to do the impossible. While I'm no Shaolin master, my time in Utah training under Master Lu has a great deal to do with who I am today. The martial way - in fact, anything that can be called a "way" - is the pursuit of perfection; the impossible task of all impossible tasks. If people around me are telling me, "That's insane," or "That's stupid," then I know I am doing the right thing for me. I may fail. Most likely spectacularly. Probably on fire. Then I will get up, adapt, and try again. It's what I do. Now I'm bragging.
Those are the big foundation blocks. It's hard to pin down some of why I want to do what I want to do, because it's just who I am. Those are the broad strokes, and are sufficient for explaining my madness, I think. Next time, I'll set out what I see in the future.