We're not lab rats, damnit. We're humans!

Are you a dreamer? Do you frequently find yourself gazing off into the distance getting lost in a world of "What If"?

Back to work. You can't daydream forever.

But what if you could? What if you had the freedom to daydream when you felt like daydreaming? To work when you felt like working?

Humans aren't supposed to spend their days in office buildings. We're not supposed to spend large amounts of time moving ourselves from one place to another in giant hunks of metal while our bodies slowly deteriorate and our relationships slowly fade.

We're not supposed to spend gargantuan amounts of time plopped down in front of electronic devices moving our fingers and eyelids, absorbing radiation, and spending more waking time in the virtual world than in the real one.

We not supposed to arrive at home and focus our attention on a box that has been pre-programmed to brainwash us while simultaneously allowing our bodies to atrophy.

We're not supposed to spend most of our life communicating with our loved ones using a digital representation of their voices. "Raam to the Enterprise, I love you mom!"

Damn it Jim, we're not digital lab rats! We're humans!

We're meant to be free!

We're meant to move. To run. To breathe. We're meant to interact. To communicate. To laugh. To smile. To learn.

We're meant to live in the real world.

We're meant to follow our desires; our passions; our dreams. We're meant to coexist with nature and to nurture a sustainable, symbiotic relationship with it.

We're meant to eat when we're hungry and to sleep when we're tired. We're meant to have fun when we're feeling playful and to daydream when we're feeling dreamy.

We're meant to work like humans, not like ants. We're meant to be more than an address book entry, a Twitter username, or an Avatar on the screen. We're meant to be creative. To explore. To think. We're meant to dream. To have ideas. To create. To be unique.

We're meant to be friendly. To give. To share. We're meant to be kind. To help. To heal. We're meant to care and to love.

We're meant to feel the wind against our skin, smell the earth under our feet, and be inspired by the life and the natural beauty around us.

When was the last time you felt the earth under your bare feet? When did you last have fresh dirt underneath your nails?

Go! Experience the real world. Reconnect with your body. Develop a healthy relationship with Mother Nature. Listen. Breathe. See. Touch. Smell. Taste. Use your senses.

Walk barefoot. Use your legs, if you're lucky enough to have them. Feel the individual muscles move. Use your voice. Move your eyes.

Embrace who you are. Find the courage to be yourself.

If you're a talker, connect. If you're a musician, create. If you're a writer, share. If you're an artist, do art. If you're a builder, build. If you're a healer, heal. If you're a teacher, teach. If you're an explorer, explore. If you're a dreamer, dream.

You're not who society tells you to be. You don't have to be. You shouldn't be! Break free of any self-imposed limitations and experience life to its fullest. Break new ground. Get out of the rut. Explore. Try something new.

If you find yourself daydreaming, then let yourself dream. If you find yourself in a position you don't fully enjoy, or one that holds you back from experiencing life to its fullest, then make those tough decisions and change your life.

If you don't wake up every single day and look forward to what's ahead, then something isn't right. You're not living.

But you can change it!

You already have the freedom inside you. Living free is a conscious decision.

Make it!

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  1. Very nice Raam. It can’t be repeated enough. Thanks very much – it will inspire me to get out and moving more.

    This idea that life-can-be-more is resonating louder and louder in more and more people. Sometimes when I look at the dull grey shell of this world I start to wonder if it hasn’t already started to change from the inside and the outside is just waiting to reciprocate.

    I just hope humanity can pull it together so we can last long enough to experience a world like this. We have so much abundance on this planet and we really don’t need to slave the way we do. Nature cares for us well but we damage her capacity severely – mostly through meat eating it has to be said. If we quite this we have the best chance of experiencing your vision.

    • I definitely believe the change has already started — the awareness is already spreading. It may only be a whisper now, but more and more people are thirsty for change… thirsty for a pain-free existence where life is rich and rewarding every single day.

      As technology continues to allow us to see the affect different foods, lifestyles, and even mental states have on our overall wellbeing, people will strive to become more and more connected with nature and with their inner self — their true self.

      As always, thank you for the comment!

  2. Raam:

    Wow. I am blown away by this post. Lovely work.

    You took the words right out of my mouth: I could not have said it better myself, and I am a writer. No way.

    Yesterday, I went for a casual stroll in the outdoors. All around me: vehicles jostling for space and spewing toxic waste. I was the lone walker, I observed, the only one interested in connection to nature.

    “No thank you, no rides please, I want to walk.” Everybody was trying to give me a ride, as if I was a hitch-hiker. I was not: I am not. I just prefer to use my own legs to carry my own body and reach my destination. What are we gonna tell our children?

    A few years down the line, if this sort of behavior reaches a breaking point, how will we survive?

    Where are the trees, green grass and fruit orchards?
    On my walk: conspicuous by their absence. Why not take the time to smell the roses? Do you really need to drive so fast? Where are you going? Why are you in such a hurry? What are you trying to achieve? These are some haunting questions for a rainy day. Cheers.

    • Archan, thank you for such a wonderful addition to the post!

      Being mindful of the present, living with full awareness of the moment, and being in touch with our surroundings forces us to slow down and experience more — to live more.

      On the surface it may seem like slowing down would mean giving up progress and achievement, but in reality life just becomes richer and more worthwhile the more connected we are with each moment.

  3. Thank you…

    Dream… we all do… but Action… only few of us take. I see you in action Raam. May all the good forces be with you to guide you … While you explore, may you succeed… the rest will follow eventually.

    (too many dots? do I care? I feel like it!)

    • Thank you Pemala! Life is action. Without action, stuff just dies! I feel an inner calling — an inner compass that’s pointing me in the direction I need to go. So I’m following that compass and going!

      I’ll definitely be in touch when I’m headed to Nepal! 🙂

  4. Raam:

    Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    Years ago I thought it would be a lovely idea to move my office environment to a rooftop in San Francisco (and mobile devices weren’t even a reality then)! Now I make do with walks along the beach from Gloucester to Rockport – sometimes moving with the pace of the waves.

    • Thank you, Ginny! I love walking along the beach… it’s incredibly relaxing!

      When we met a few months ago you struck me as someone incredibly ahead of the game when it comes to this kind of stuff! I think as long as we reconnect with nature and our inner passions on a regular basis we can enjoy any type of lifestyle — we just need to rejuvenate ourselves regularly.

  5. I just read that now, but definitely another inspiration. I think I’ll go outside right about now….
    Thanks Raam.


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