The Dirtbag Manifesto: How I Aim to Live My Life

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  • The average life span is 78.7 years (28,744.6 days or 41.3 million minutes) in the United States.
  • Don’t spend your life at a job you hate, earning money to buy things you barely have time to enjoy, filling up a house that you mostly just use to sleep in.
  • Kill your debt & kill your television (they are equally toxic).
  • Stop putting your dreams off until someday.
  • Rich or poor, all of us only have 24 hours in the a day. Make them count.
  • You are the author of your own story: Make it a story worth telling.
  • Downsize and simplify, because less truly is more, and less is liberating.
  • It is easy to complicate your life, but much harder to simplify.
  • Stop trying to get rich, and start creating a life rich in experiences.
  • Stop buying things & start doing things.
  • Your biggest obstacles are the ones you’ve created for yourself.
  • Stop making excuses and start taking action.
  • Start asking yourself: Why not me?
  • Don’t be afraid to fail, you’ll have already made it farther than those who never tried.
  • Life is an experiment.
  • In life, as in the mountains, the easiest path isn’t usually the best path.
  • Doing hard things matters.
  • Find the edge of your comfort zone and take a step beyond.
  • Travel far and climb high.
  • Never rush good food, good coffee, or good friends.
  • Turn your dreams into memories.
  • Go outside: Life is too short to watch it pass by from a desk…

This is what I am all about in terms of living my best possible Dirtbag Life. Care to join me?

Desk to Dirtbag is here to inspire you to break away from a conventional life, to live life on your terms, and maximize the little time we all have here on this amazing planet.

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H/T to the Holstee Manifesto for the inspiration.

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Head Writer and Adventurer at Desk to Dirtbag
Ryan is an author, adventurer, perpetual wanderer, and self-proclaimed dirtbag (but that might not mean what you think). Originally from Seattle, he headed to Washington D.C. where he spent five years working for Congress before heeding the call of the wild. He set out truck camping to road trip across the American West, and then across all of Central America and South America. When he isn't on the move, you can find him living as an expat in Colombia. He is also the author of the best selling book: Big Travel, Small Budget that will help you travel more for less. Follow the adventures on social media or read more.

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  1. Hi,

    Great manifesto! Is it possible to get or buy a JPG or PDF of the manifesto in large size and high quality so that I can frame it and hang it on my wall?


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  2. Love your posts! Definitley make you focus on what really matters. Even for plus 40 yr old adevnturers like me. ?

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  3. Love the manifesto Ryan!
    Still buying hints and start doing things is SO important for us all to keep in mind. Even those of us who spend as much time as we can out in the woods can get bogged down in craving the latest pack/tent/cams etc.
    Keep using that old pack that’s served you well so far and just hit the trail!

  4. I’m the process of leaving the desk and the court room.. it’s been too long though my work has been meaningful all these years. Like you, the mountains are calling and I plan to trek the rest of my life and sharing the experiences with others, and blogging about it. Love the manifesto – exactly something I need until I’m in the mountains full time. Keep trekking!

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      Thanks Marinel, so glad it resonates with you, I know what it can be like to walk away from it all, but it’s definitely worth it once you get to the other side

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