Cracked Open

I’m so lucky to be voluntarily going a little nuts so early in my life.

I’m thinking of it as a semi-controlled, self-initiated, quarter-life crisis. An event that will (I hope) mitigate the effects or magnitude of some impending crises later in life. I feel that right now my head is cracked wide open and while, admittedly, it’s got me acting a little crazy, having access to my own hard-wiring gives me the chance to mold my own clay. And while I don’t know what type of person I’m trying to create, it’s far more exciting than passively accepting that the path that I’ve been put upon.

There’s several works across various media that I can credit to “messing me up”. Read and watch at your own discretion:

  1. “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (and Tony’s other works and life in general)
  2. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
  3. “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” by Robert M. Pirsig
  4. “Before Sunrise” dir. by Richard Linklater
  5. “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau
  6. “Office Space” dir. by Mike Judge
  7. “Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel” by Rolf Potts
  8. “The Dilbert Principle” by Scott Adams
  9. “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss (as well as many of Tim’s podcast episodes)
  10. “Steppenwolf” by Herman Hesse

Not to mention the various vagabonders I’ve meet in hostels over my early adulthood in hostels, campsites, and in new cities.

I’d be interested in hearing what books, movies, or other experiences you have had that have been really life-altering. An essay or piece of fiction  when you felt that the author was truly talking to YOU and asking that you examine your own situation and if you want to do anything to change that. Comment below with your own top 10 list if you’re willing to share.

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