How To Use Purpose To Stop the F Hurry

Ricardo Guaderrama Caraveo
5 min readSep 8, 2022

“If you wish to be a writer, write.”― Epictetus

You are what you do daily. And that is wonderful news. I didn’t really understand what this meant until today. Let me tell you about it cause I’m sure you don’t really understand it either.

I want to be a lot of things at this point in my life. I have a guitar. I want to learn to play so well and write such marvelous songs, that will make anyone cry. I want to be a writer as well, a good one, I want my writings to be remembered for ages. I just bought a photo camera! I’m really proud of it, to be honest. One of my heroes is Sebastião Salgado, the social photographer that worked photographing several of the worst humanitarian modern crisis. So, I would very much like to move hearts and call people to action with my photography work.

I love reading, and philosophizing with people as well, especially reading. I love mountains and culture, I’ve climbed all of the Mexican highest mountains thousand times by now. I am a mountain guide, reach out if you want to go by the way.

All of these things are meaningful to me. I feel them important, and I want to give them a place in my life, I want to be known because of them, you know? I’m sure that, if you sit down to write a list, and be honest with yourself, you will find a couple of things you’d like to be known for as well.

But until recently, I wasn’t really enjoying them. Sitting down to write felt like a massive struggle. And just so with everything else, playing the guitar, going to the mountain, reading a difficult novel.

And I found out why.

You see, we live in a consumer society that is constantly indoctrinating us by telling us that anything and everything can be bought. And when I say anything, I mean ANYTHING. As a man, Scarface tells you that you will get the girl when you get the money and the power. As a girl, Jesus, when you get the purse, the endless stream of beauty products, and so on, you know the drill.

And you don’t notice it, but you begin to see the entirety of life that way. You begin to think that you will be happy and fulfilled when you get the product.

For example, right now, I would be happy once I finished this article, right? Maybe I would…

Ricardo Guaderrama Caraveo

Mountaineer, writer, Stoic, Gryffindor.