As you look around the world today, you might notice something.
It doesn’t matter if you are an active participant or simply watching from behind your computer screen.
Either way, you’ll notice it.
A fascination with changing the current business model.
Of non-conformity. Multiple revenue streams. Doing work you love. Working remotely. Passion and purpose. And, most of all, travel.
It’s honey and I am a bee who just wants more of all that sweet stuff.
I may be a happy little bee fattening myself on this honey, but I’m also a curious bee who wants to understand why more and more people want to get further and further away from the traditional way of doing business and living their lives.
So, what’s the deal? Why are we moving hives?
What is it that the traditional way of living isn’t satisfying in us that we are searching and adapting to a new method of work?
I use the word ‘traditional’ loosely as the customary modus operandi of humans was to hunt and gather, living nowhere and everywhere with the sole aim to survive.
You could word it another way; humans were just looking to make enough to survive, so they had more time to thrive with their families.
It also gave them time to develop new ways of thinking and to foster innovation.
Sounds kind of familiar, right?
I’m no expert on why our ancestors did what they did, but I did start a book this week that begins by detailing the way of life for humans living in Britain and northern Europe from the last Ice Age.
The author explores the nomadic nature of humans then, whose movements were dictated by their need for shelter and food and whose shelter and food were dictated by the weather.
That was until the environment changed and the farming practices of the East started to seem worth adopting.
Primarily, they saw the benefit in harvesting a supply of food to decrease the daily stress of sourcing edible goods and later realised the potential of land ownership.
And so the way we live today slowly developed through the Bronze Age and onto the Industrial Revolution and all the ages and eons in between.
All the while, we developed concepts like money and, more importantly, wealth, the working week, and a narrative about what you needed to have to be ‘successful’.
A narrative that would destroy people as they lost their jobs, their life savings, their morality to satisfy nothing other than that ancestral and basic human need for security (food and shelter).
So here we all are, either trying to create and nurture that societal narrative of happiness (security) for ourselves, or building our very own story of what’s important to us.
One group definitely outweighs the other, and in this instance, I know I want to be in the minority, building my own story of success and happiness.
A nomad, walking her own path, travelling the world, hunting and gathering a collection of stories for the ages.
But that’s not to say I think we never should have moved away from our hunter-gatherer origins. Far from it.
I couldn’t wish away the medical and technological advances, the development of global transport and of global connection.
And I don’t think that’s what the rising tide of nomads wants either.
Rather, I think the resurgence of the nomad has more to do with reconnecting with our basic human needs: food, shelter, warmth, connection and community.
When you have to find somewhere to sleep, a place to eat, a warm shower and bathroom to clean your body, you are reminded of all that you do have in your comfortable life.
It builds gratitude, a muscle that you forgot you had and one that feels so good to stretch and exercise.
You become more resilient, both physically and emotionally, as you know intimately the basic human fears.
The nomadic lifestyle shows you how the environment you are in affects not only what you do and how you live, but also your perspective.
An awareness of the human condition is uncovered such that you can never go back to happily fitting into the narrative society says is so great.
You are a hunter-gatherer.
You hunt for more information about yourself and the world as it exists, and you gather all of this together to build a fire that illuminates your passions and fuels your motivations, or purpose.
Just as your ancestors realised that there was a better way of living, a surer way to get what they needed to survive, so too are you.
You are part of a paradigm shift.
But, unlike your ancestors, this shift isn’t one built out of fear.
Instead, it’s a new narrative whose very material is fear.
Fears that you have grappled with yourself, as a human and as a nomad, a dissenter going against the grain.
Fears that when intertwined with curiosity build a strong fabric for a new life.
A nomad’s life.
The beauty of which is that you get to live it in one place, or many, because fear and curiosity are both within and without.
Boundless entities that give the nomad the freedom to be secure, the independence to be stable.
And who wouldn’t choose that for a life?
Certainly not this bumblebee.