Being a Professional Beach Bum
It is a bit of an oxymoron to claim to be a Professional Beach Bum. Strictly speaking, the difference between an amateur and a professional is that an amateur does something simply for the love of doing it and a professional gets paid to do that same thing. I am a beach bum simply for the love of it.
However, the other common understanding is that a professional is deemed to be better at doing something than an amateur. Someone might get paid to do a particular thing but do an “amateurish” job of it; which is taken to mean “less than perfect”.
Since I am really, really good at being a beach bum, I’ve chosen to call myself a professional; even though no one pays me to perform the function of being a beach bum.
As a consequence, I have to get my income from other activities, such as writing books, speaking engagements and sharing value with other people. I have known for years that the purpose of my life is to Revere, Relish, and Contribute. Contributing to others has, as a side effect, allowed me the freedom to become a Professional Beach Bum.
Merriam Webster defines freedom as “the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.”
Here is how I define freedom: The ability to think and act of one’s own volition, independent of outside control.
In other words, freedom is the ability to make our own choices in life, consciously and intentionally and without constraint.
The things, events and circumstances we end up experiencing in life are usually the result of the choices we have made. The choices we make, over time, about what to believe about ourselves and our place in life, about what to think and how to think determine who we become as individuals. Who we are determines what we do. What we do determines what we have.
It is a simple formula: Become, Enact, Attain. So, if the choices we make about what to believe, how to think and then what to do determine the results we get in life; then, if we don’t like our results, it becomes obvious that we need to make different choices.
If you are one of those few whose hearts and minds long to be free to live as a professional beach bum or to live any lifestyle you choose, then I suggest you take the time to explore this website and the many resources I have for you here.
A few of my beach inspired musings are located here for your reading pleasure.
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