I get so sick of hearing people make excuses for not pursuing their dreams. “I’m too old, the cost of education is too high, I have too many other obligations weighing me down right now…” We live in a era where the world is at your fingertips – literally. Twain’s quote about those who don’t read good books, might be expanded to say, “those who don’t use online resources have no advantage over those who can’t.”
In recent years I have felt a strong pull to return to the outdoors and a more simple and traditional lifestyle, but growing up a city-boy isn’t the best training for an aspiring naturalist who would love nothing more than to live off the land. My growing library of books on building traditional shelters, forging basic tools and weapons and survivalist guides are all informative tools, but you would be amazed at what I have learned online:
- How to modify and swap out the springs in my .38 special.
- How to field dress a deer, turkey, and wild hog.
- Traditional methods of tanning leather using the brains of the deer.
- How to build an emergency shelter, just to name a few.
These may seem like zombie apocalypse skills to some, but for me it’s just another season in my life (like deer season, turkey season, etc.), where I can learn new skills and techniques that enhance the life I long for. These aren’t the only areas of potential self-improvement. Mahalo.com has more instructional videos than you can imagine and lots of University programs now offer free educational courses for audit. You may not get college credit, but imagine a Harvard education available for free on your laptop.
I don’t know about you, but I am tired of people making excuses for their life. Yes, we all fall on hard times now and again and some of the cards we are dealt are worse than others but, “the man who does not read good books, or use the resources available to him, has no advantage over those who can’t.”
P.S. If you can’t afford a computer, or internet access – go to the library – it’s free in most places!