I’m absolutely no big shot in the entertainment world but I do have a few things in the making. This summer I took a pause halfway through my bicycle ride across the United States to film my first TV show. It was a grueling survival experience in the Louisiana swamps for Discovery Channels newest survival show, Tethered. I was dropped in waste deep swamp water by an airboat to await the arrival of a stranger who’d accompany me for the next 10 days of survival. A half an hour later, another airboat cruised up and a fancy looking guy named Kevin blundered towards me. I thought I had been set up; this guy was just too clumsy and clueless to really be my partner. But within two minutes of saying hello we were tethered together by a six-foot rope and sent on our way to fend for ourselves. We had just the clothes on our backs, a water purifier, machete, and a dozen matches. I can honestly say it was the most miserable experience of my free adult life but it made for an excellent experience.
As I write this I am traveling the USA without a penny in my pocket. I left my home in San Diego on June 2nd with $2,000 cash and on August 12th I took a leap of faith in humanity and gave the last $421 I had with me to a non-profit. I made the goal that day of finishing my ride to New York City moneyless just to prove to myself and others that it is possible. Today I arrived in New York City on my bicycle, still without a penny in my pocket. People have tried to give me money but I have easily refused it.
This experience is about much more than just not spending money. It’s about showing that you and I can be contributing members to society whether we have money or not. It’s about showing that there are much more rewarding ways to live than just throwing money at every situation. It’s about living a life that is truly beneficial to the earth, my community, and myself. It’s about being more involved in our communities and treating each other with respect. And it’s also about teaching you how to live with less money so that you can follow your dreams and live independently of corrupted systems that don’t serve your best interests.
The idea that it is a “hippy” thing to outwardly care for our earth is far outdated. We live in a time when people from all walks of life are waking up to the destruction that our simple everyday actions are causing. No matter who you are or where you are, you can adapt little changes to start treating our planet, people, and animals with respect.
It’s been over two years now since I decided to get a vasectomy and I’ve never looked back. A few times I have been saddened when I was told the world needs me to have kids or when a girl was not interested in me because I can’t make a baby. However, in those rare moments I remember why I decided to do what I did and am quickly reassured it was the right choice for me. Today I share with you why I did what so few people of my age have dared to do in hopes of shedding light on a topic that is frequently brushed under the rug.
When I was younger I worked hard to earn a lot of money to buy the freedom to pursue my greatest dreams and desires.
Today I have that freedom to chase down even my most far fetched dreams and I’ve tackled my fair share of them. However, that freedom is only in small part due to my hard work to earn money. On the contrary, I have learned to live with less, to need less, and to want less and that is what has given me the freedom to be who I want to be, to stand strong for what I believe, to be a part of something greater, and to run down every dream that I conjure up.
When you look at our existence within a greater perspective, you grasp that we are quite small. The earth is nothing but a speck of dust within an infinitely expanding space. In the grand scheme of existence, each of us humans on this speck of dust are no more important than the ants crawling on the sidewalk or the bees buzzing by.
This is a summary of my actions that have a negative impact on the earth, people, and critters. This list is not all encompassing and I’m certain that I am not aware of some of the burdens I outsource. I am certain that I screw up more than this list can explain. I don’t shame myself, though, because I have come a long way and will continue to work on these issues.
To most human beings, an individual ant means absolutely nothing. It is a minuscule insect among billions that appear exactly the same to the untrained eye.
Fellow humans, when you look at our existence within a greater perspective you will start to grasp that we are nothing more than the ants we perceive as insignificant. The earth is nothing but a speck of dust within an infinitely expanding space. In the grand scheme of existence each of us humans on this speck of dust are no more important than the bugs stuck to our windshields.
I’m a good man. I’m good to my fellow humans. I’m good to all animals and creatures. I’m good to the earth. I’m good to myself. I’m good for the sake of being good. Not for any religion. Not for any government. Not for any group or club. I’m good because I want to spread happiness and health on this earth.