I have struggled with the idea of “society.” I realize I am part of the thing we call “society,” but I don’t want to be. It all seems like a big crazy system we all go along with until we die. I feel like I am being pushed into things I don’t really want just because it is the next “step” in society. What I mean by that is not peer pressure into sex or anything, but high school to college to a job to a husband to kids to retirement to death. I see all these people around me going through it like zombies, just going along with it because it is the only way that is “socially acceptable.” But I don’t want it! I want an “Into the Wild” Chris McCandless kind of journey. I want to be rid of everything I know and try a life of exploration not knowing where I will be the next day.
Everyone tells me not to. They want me just to keep going like everyone else and maybe I will be satisfied with my life. They think trying anything like that is too crazy and it would be too hard with money and coming back. I am terrified of breaking away and trying to find my own path, but I am even more scared of staying on this path and wasting my life just doing what everyone says to do. Happiness is inside of us I know, but in this community and life path I can’t even hear myself think: all I can hear are others telling me to mentally conform. What I really want is to be away from everything I know so that I can find out who I am without them pushing me into something different. Any advice?
I feel the same way Hailey. In honesty I think most people on this site do. And I think that the fear of perhaps never being satisfied with your life living the life of a conformist should drive you towards the “Into the Wild” kind of life. Though I will say that Mr. Supertramp does take it a tad too far maybe? There is an in between option of e.g. taking a job in a foreign country and sort of take it from there, but if you really want to disconnect from society completely go into the wild!
Pick a direction and follow it with every fiber of your being. If it doesn’t work out at least you’ll have no regrets and lived life to the fullest.
I’m a human. Humans are social, so this is the society I need.
Be lucky you live in a “society” in which your only oppression is innocent social pressure lol.. many others in the world cannot say the same.