Introductory Article by Cathleen Converse
The following article was written by Cathleen Converse. She has some wonderful views on being flexible and open to new options. Keep some of her thoughts in mind as you consider how you are going to get to New Hampshire, and what you want to do once you are here.
Be Open to Opportunity
If you haven't had enough advice or suggestions for moving to New Hampshire, I can offer some more. Here are just some ideas to consider that may help you cope with all the changes that you face.
Past experiences have a profound effect on how we face the future. You may have taken steps in the past without a lot of analysis. Decisions like which university, major, or career are often largely influenced by others. This leads to a life that moves along a path of least resistance rather than one created by ourselves.
Increasing Liberty and the desire for more freedom may not have been an early goal. Now that it is, how do you incorporate this growing need into what may have been a get along by going along life? Some redefining of goals may be in order. Setting aside old notions and trying to block external influences like media, marketing and maybe parents or friends, search your soul for what is most important. Most of us, here in New Hampshire because of the FSP, have put living freer high on this list. Other things for you may be family and security. Keeping these things in mind as you decide where and how to live lets you create a more satisfying existence.
Every decision you make has a limiting effect on opportunities. When you choose one option, all those not chosen are gone for the moment. Life becomes a decreasing wedge of opportunities. Remembering this, there are ways to improve the future by rejecting choices that limit future opportunities. Retaining flexibility is the key. Do you want a job that can only be found in one city or one that exists in every town in America? Having a narrowly defined job might make relocating to New Hampshire very difficult.
Starting today, you can take steps to have marketable skills, be self-sufficient, live on many levels of income, have a healthy and secure environment for your children, work toward freedom, or any other goal you define for yourself.
As you plan your move to New Hampshire, try not to lean too heavily on on past experience when defining your needs. Your life may have become protective in nature as government has become oppressive and over regulating. This may change in the proactive and empowered community of Liberty lovers in New Hampshire. Stay flexible enough to take advantage of the opportunities here. If you decide to make a career change, simple living skills can be useful. If you want to try a different form of activism, there are lifestyle adjustments that make it easier. If self-sufficiency is a goal, there are easy steps to get started.
We have a broad community of friends and activists that are trying a range of living arrangements and lifestyles. Rather than overly defining yours before you move, I suggest that you increase your flexibility and explore the many opportunities here.
- Cathleen Converse