Voluntarily Ruining Your Life?

He who has hoarded the most will suffer the heaviest loss.
— Lao Tzu

I’m flying over to London today and I was getting a little bit nervous on the bus on my way to the airport. I dove into that anxiety to see if I could get to the root of it, and here’s what I came up with (written in my journal):

“What is the worst thing that could happen on the trip? I get beat up, or my luggage gets stolen, or I lose my phone (and my only bridge back to the world I know), or I get stuck in Vietnam [I’m catching a connecting flight from Vietnam, with a 15 hour stopover on the way back FYI lmao] or all of those things happen at once to make it worse I end up dying as well.

All of those things would suck, but why? It just makes me think, maybe if it did happen [presuming I didn’t die] it would be for the better? It could be thought of as a wakeup call. I’d be closer in touch with reality, and less clingy to those things that could be taken from me at any time. As a result I think I would be a stronger, more grounded and more unshakeable person.

But then there’s the other side: Perhaps I’d be so shocked and freaked out that I’d never recover from it. That would kind of suck. But either way it seems to me like the ultimate form of power is having nothing to lose. From that point you can enjoy what you have truly and fully, without the fear of it being taken.

So I guess the logical step is to slowly work yourself to that point piece by piece. Sell your belongings. Rid yourself of your dependencies. Remove every luxury and therefore potential vulnerability. Then rebuild your life from that rock bottom foundation, so that you can live fully while being completely detached from the outcome – and therefore, ultimately free and fearless.”

The humble is the stem upon which the mighty grows, and the low is the foundation upon which the high is laid.
— Lao Tzu

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