The things you own end up owning you.
– Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
In Fight Club – probably the movie about escaping the 9-5 soul prison – the Narrator begins to get free of his shackles when his apartment is destroyed in an explosion.
By taking him out of the physical location and familiar, owned surroundings he’d been comfortable in for who knows how long, Tyler freed him to rethink the rest of his life and change the rest of his habits.
That’s what I’m trying to do, by selling the house.
Humans are creatures of habit. We do the same things day after day without thinking too much about them – and, in fact, that’s a very good thing. We don’t have the mental capacity to make the billion individual choices we’re faced with every day, so we save time and energy by mostly doing whatever we did last time.
This becomes a problem only when you want to make radical, ridiculous change in your life – as I do. Since you’re reading this, I bet you do too.
How are you going to remake your habits, your daily schedule, your relationships, your career, your body and your mind if you’re sleeping, eating, and shitting in the same place you always have?
You probably aren’t.
So blow up your apartment, start squatting in an abandoned house, and realize you can do anything.
You are Jack’s newfound freedom.
(On selling the house: I set up an appointment for Sunday with the agent who helped me buy it, to discuss what needs to happen. I’m awaiting an email from him listing the documents he’ll need.)