Albert, don’t you know smoking is bad for you?

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.

-Albert Camus

We have to actively focus on achieving freedom in order to even taste it. It is not a passive state, but an endless striving toward something beyond servitude to some master.

All of us are slaves to many desires. I have been smoke free for 168 days, in part because I wanted to unshackle those chains. I also want to feel the breath of freedom in my lungs, and I can’t do that while hacking up phlegm.

25 years ago I was reading The Rebel by Camus. It’s absolutely wild to me that it has become relevant to my life again. Remember, nothing is wasted, nothing is garbage, nothing is pointless.

Meaning comes from our subjective life experiences, not from any objective truth that is espoused by any master.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store