Side note: Impractical here is not being used in the derogatory sense of the word. Impractical here is something that is different from the general definition of practical, safe and mundane.
Short answer? There is none. That is the most practical thing about a guide that teaches you to be impractical. It is understanding that such a guide doesn’t exist. A paradox, if you may.
That is where people falter, I think. People try too hard to speak of big ideas – ideas of inspiration and wisdom – and art like they were connoisseurs of whatever they talk about until the time comes to implement and actually do something. That is when they do nothing.
Everybody wants to talk about breaking the status-quo and the way they go about doing it is exactly what they read in some guide or heard in a podcast. So, it’s almost a billion people doing something different.
They start looking to articles and guides and self-help gurus and successful CEOs for advice. Take Medium, for example. At first, it looks like this place brimming with ideas and opinion. A beautiful plethora of groundbreaking advice and experience. It is too. Reading through Medium for some time every day helps in orientation of the mind. Spend a month there though and you’ll see that everybody is talking about the same clichés and quotes; twisting words to shout the same battle cry in vain.
Stop trying to do differently. Just do what you do best. Improve at it. Challenge yourself.
Too much of anything is toxic. Even water in high volumes causes poisoning. When it comes to wisdom and inspiration though, the toxicity threshold is achieved faster than most substances.
Everything is healthy in moderation. Even alcohol. My friend quoted a documentary the other day that proved that consumption of seven units of alcohol per week keeps you healthy enough. I’m not sure about it since I haven’t watched it yet but I am leaning toward it being the case.
So, if you are a creative or a person disruptive enough to think of living by your own code and rules instead of how others tell you to, you have an impractical life already. Stop searching for validation on websites, blogs, books or any other media you consume. Your impractical and beautiful life is right there, you just can’t see it because you’re scared. The fact that you’re still reading this paragraph is irony in itself.
Stop trying to fit in.
I’ve realised of late that the thing about fitting in is that your attempt to fit in proves that there is something different about you. That’s the point. Now don’t get cocky. A bent spoon, even though different from the lot, is basically useless. Just be honest about your flaws. Work on them and grow constantly.
What’s the point, though?
The point is to do whatever you do best, all the while, improving as a whatever you may see yourself as. If you take nothing else, here’s your practical guide to living an impractical life presented in a crisp millennial cliché,
You do you.