What’s In Your Backpack?

Some 8 years ago now, I had the fortune of seeing a film which hit an incredibly raw nerve with me.  Up In The Air smashed a home run with my train of thought on how we live in the western world and how I wanted to live on a personal level.  There was a particular scene played out by Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) where he asks the simple question, “what’s in your back pack?”.

Now, I shan’t bore you with the finer details because the video included here is quite self explanatory.  If anything, it confirmed my fears that we are carrying too much in our lives.  Possessions, things, people, bad relationships.  Is it making us happy?  Do those three sports cars you own really make you happy?  That huge mortgage that you struggle to afford just so you can give the perception of success to your peers and loved ones?  It’s all a lie!  You don’t need any of this shit in your life!

What you do need in in your life is freedom.  So empty out that backpack and start living! Stop trying to make other people happy and start making yourself happy!


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Born and raised in Sydney. Well travelled. I have a deep love for live theatre, music and the arts. Ohh, I may also have a deep love for Liverpool Football Club!

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