3 Reasons Why Living Like a Nomad Might Just Save Your Life

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What the heck is a Nomadic Lifestyle?

First off let me say that I’m not talking about the “Bedouins” of North Africa.

I’m talking about living life somehow connected to the below description.

NOMAD - A member of a group of people who have no fixed home and move according to the seasons from place to place in search of food, water, and grazing land.


So then what the heck do I mean by saying this Nomadic lifestyle might save your life?

Let me take second to make a point and then RAM this point home.

Here’s the Point – If you’re over the age of 35, guess what.

Your at least half-way DEAD.

Deep In Thought. I don’t mean to shock you but you are…(give or take 10 years on either side).

Let that sink in for a second or two…I’ll come back to it

Todays post entered my mind as part of Day 4 in the Suitcase Entrepreneurs 30-Day Challenge.

This was today’s question as part of the challenge:

Question: What’s your definition of location independence?

Here’s my Answer: Living an exceptional, nomadic, entrepreneurial lifestyle, that’s a reflection of my beliefs, goals and actions.

In essence I want to “WALK MY TALK”.

I thought long and hard about the question today.

When I wrote down the word NOMADIC it really got my creative juices flowing.

If we don’t move we die…

Pretty simple right.  As long as you had someone feeding you, you could simply just sit, eat and wait to die… and you eventually would.

It you didn’t move you would DIE.

Now lets get back to what I asked you to think about and let sink in…

If you’re in the age group I mentioned you’re already getting closer to that death.

My question to you is – Are you sitting and being spoon fed it? 

Here are my 3 Reasons Why Living Like a Nomad Might Just Save Your Life.

1) Movement – As stated above if you don’t move you’ll die. 

“All human beings should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves” – Dr. Kelly Starrett

  • Movement is essential to keeping your body and your mind healthy. You must move with intensity, variety and functionality.
    • I’m not just talking about your physical movement in the fitness sense (we know you have to do that).  I’m talking about…
      •  The intensity of movement you must have when going after a new project.
      • The variety of movement when you try different things
      • The functional movement when all you do is aligned and working towards the same goal.

2) Stuff – You don’t see a Nomad packing around a 62′ Plasma TV.

  • When we sit put, we gather crap.  It’s a fact of life. Stick in the sand
    • If you live anywhere near a tidal beach TRY THIS.  In a place that won’t likely be disturbed by outside sources erect a stick (a wide 4 footer). Dig in the stick so it won’t move in the tide. It will become part of the ebb and flow.  Check this stick out at low tide after a couple of days. You’ll be amazed by all the STUFF its collected.  It naturally collects it.  (You can also do this on any busy street by placing a large rock in an indiscriminate spot when you get off the subway in the morning and check it out when you go back at night).
    • We waste time gathering and trying to manage all our stuff.  How many people do you know who’s lives are primarily focused on managing their STUFF?  It’s crazy.

3)  Nourishment – Nomads move for food, water and grazing… that’s how they’re nourished.

  • When we seek out new jobs, environments and things that FEED us, that’s called LIVING.
    • Think about all the relationships that you know to be good ones.  What do they have in common besides longevity?  I bet you’ll notice what I’ve noticed.  They mix it up.  They try new things together. They find new ways to nourish the deep love they share for one another.
    • Look at businesses that continue to thrive.  Apple is the juggernaut that it is because it nourishes the user experience.  We’re emotionally connected to their products.
    • Feel your body when you eat well.  You know how crappy you feel when you put horrible food into your body.  Nomads eat a simple but sustaining diet. The FACT IS – if you keep your diet simple you’re more likely to be able to manage your weight and health.

All 3 of these reasons are important.

By moving, nourishing ourselves and not weighing ourselves down with too much stuff we can flow effortlessly about this massive world of ours.  It’s out there.  It’s accessible.

If you think about it this way, not only could living like a Nomad save your life but it could be pretty darn cool as well.

I want to hear from you! – What is the 1 thing preventing you from becoming a NOMAD? – Leave your response in the comments below.

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14 Responses to 3 Reasons Why Living Like a Nomad Might Just Save Your Life

  • Kathy

    How profound, Al. What spoke to me today is: When we seek out new jobs, environments and things that FEED us, that’s called LIVING. Living propels us forward. Nothing holds me back from the Nomad lifestyle. I choose though to have what I see is the best of both worlds: taking flight and having a nest. Currently I am looking at building a new nest on a mountain (that is known for its bear population) from which to soar.

    • RavenWolfab

      Soar and soar away Kathy… like the “eagle” you are.

      Thanks for the great comment today and you’re right… Nothing is holding us back.  It’s all about our choice.

  • Marc

    Great post, Alan! I completely agree with all your points.

    The only thing that holds us back from becoming a nomad is MINDSET. If you get the right mindset, you can do anything. For years I wanted to travel and become a nomad, but I still believed the lies society threw at me. Now, I’ve thrown off my chains, and I’m setting off to see the world in a few months.

    I can’t wait, and I’m so happy I woke up.
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    • RavenWolfab

      Hi Marc,

      Hope all is well on the other side of the country (Vancouver Island is beautiful).

      I totally agree with the mindset framework too. Way to go with the removal of your chains.  It will be awesome to see where you go.


  • PaulasWork...

    Hey, I’ve always felt a bit of a nomad. I’ve moved job to job, house to house, area to area. Never lived abroad though but will do.  I am actually packing up my 2 bed house and downsizing in next two months. Selling all my crap and living in one room.  So I can live more and live with purpose. Great post and I’d love more on this! Thank you :)

    • RavenWolfab

      Hello Paula,
      My wife and I are about to do a similar thing, we have the date just no destination.  And that’s pretty cool.  Good luck with the next move.
      Glad you liked the post.

  • Natalie Sisson

    You are indeed walking the talk, living and breathing it and making it happen!
    Natalie Sisson recently posted…[Day 4] What it really takes to be location independentMy Profile

    • RavenWolfab

      Hey Natalie,
      Sometimes the walk is uphill, sometimes the breaths are deep but YUP…I living.

      Thanks for all your support.

  • Sarah

    Fab post. Love I’m a Nomad by this definition even though I’m living in one place just now. That’s freedom
    Sarah recently posted…Why you really do want to take some time to find out what your ideal work is!My Profile

    • RavenWolfab

      Hi Sarah,
      Glad you enjoyed the post.  The thing I love about “Definitions” is that it’s US who are ultimately in charge of what and how we want to define things. 

  • Tom

    Awesome stuff Alan…so true.  I’m essentially living the nomadic life right now and I couldn’t be happier.  Keep up the great work!

    • RavenWolfab

      Wahooo to the Nomad.  I’m close behind you Tom.  Will have the bags packed for Oct 1st, then it’s the open road.  Where?  That’s still our question. Cheers,

  • Jordan Watts

    The only thing stopping me from being a nomad is to truly do it. I don’t know how I’d make enough to make money. I don’t have any talent that really makes money, so, I guess I’m afraid I’d starve.

    • RavenWolfab

      Hey Jordan,

      Thanks for the note and Happy New Year to you.

      I hear you. Just like walking taking that first step is often the hardest. Being a “True Nomad” is one thing but dipping your feet in the water is another. Maybe your first step is to investigate some of your passion areas and see if you can figure out how to leverage any of them into a paycheck?  There are many different programs and websites out there that have FANTASTIC resources that can help you get started.  First thing though is to get into the mindset of an explorer… Start exploring yourself and your talents – Who knows what you’ll uncover.  If I can help out just let me know.

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