Saturday, January 31, 2009

What's in a name?

I guess the safest place to begin is at the beginning. (the beginning being the title of the blog itself)
Long-Term Living, what is it? I thought you'd never ask... Long-Term Living as I am using it here in this blog explores two separate ideas. These two ideas can be separate for some, but they are together for myself. The first comes originally from the phrase, long-term world travel or simply long-term travel. I have decided that long-term travel or maybe just the idea of travel as defined by some societies is just not for me. I've decided that I am just going to live on planet earth instead of travel. I mean let's face it. I have much more experience in living than I do in traveling. I have "traveled" maybe a few times per year usually equal to a few weeks for most of my life. On the other hand I have more than 20 years experience in living in places. Not only am I better prepared to live, but living compared to traveling is just so limitless! Travel is often expensive and bound to time and location. This is the first idea behind the title "Long-Term Living". Exploring the hows and whys of living versus traveling as well as some my personal experiences in pursuing this existence (and likely some entertaining nonsense in between).

The second idea behind "Long-Term Living" has to do with being alive versus living. In order to be alive, we need to obtain enough nutrients to keep our biological engines running. Living as I would like to define it here is different than just sustaining our life force or a daily grind, or a mundane routine, or taking the expected path of society. I would define living as the aggressive pursuit of excitement and fulfillment. Typically it's daily food and water that will keep any person alive. Living does take inputs just the same as being alive does. It's just that these inputs can be unique for any given person. With this second idea, I would like to discover possible inputs that keep me and others living each day we are alive and how to sustain these inputs on a daily basis in order to experience "Long-Term Living".

"We are always getting ready to live but never living." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson