Sloss Furnaces originally opened as an iron-producing blast furnace in 1882, and closed down in 1971. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1981. Currently it serves as an entertainment venue for concerts and festivals, and is also routinely rated as one of the most haunted places in America. There is an annual Halloween celebration called Sloss Fright Furnace held at the venue each year.
This was a shot that I took in Birmingham in 2016. This is the view from 20th street where the north and south ends of the downtown area meet. Morris Avenue (the street sign in the photo) is a really cool cobblestone street.
I’ve never done well working for other people. I am 33 years old now, and I have probably had over twenty jobs since I was fifteen. Some of them I got fired from, others I just got tired of and quit, and it’s not because I’m lazy or a bad worker. I am just opinionated, and I don’t really mesh well with authority. I get tired of the same scenery and the same roads to work every day, and I tend to want to do things my own way, go my own way, and carve my own path.
Society’s Old Rules Don’t Make Sense. For many years the American Dream was to graduate high school, go to college, get married and settle down, have children, and then work the next 30-40 years of your life for a small slice of freedom at the end of your life that we call “retirement”, if you even make it that long. I am a true believer that if you follow your passions, and chase what you love, your desire to retire won’t even be there when you are older. You will continue to do what you do in some form, because you love it.
As recent as 10-15 years ago that was the only choice for most people. It was the american way, and it was how you had to do things. Advancements in the internet and technologies have allowed more and more people to follow their dreams, do the things they loved, and choose the life they wanted to live with permission from nobody. If you want to be a singer, you can start a YouTube channel and grow your audience. If you want to be a cook, you can start a food blog. I want to make a career as a travel writer, photographer, and humanitarian. That’s what this blog here is for. To truly follow my dreams. And I don’t need permission from anybody to do it.
It Will Be Hard At First
When someone chooses to follow their dreams, and work within their passions it can be difficult. Society and a lot of the people around you will tell you that it can’t be done. They will tell you your chances of “making it” are slim. This is because they have been influenced by the consumerism that is pushed down our throats. Everything that you see and come across is an influence for the american way.
The transition from normal you following your dreams may be difficult. You may have to pick up odd jobs to pay the bills, you may have to live with more than one roommate, you may even have to live on the road, which is what I intend on doing. Patience and perseverance I believe is the key to making your dreams a reality today. There is a huge world out there, and finding your small audience that you provide entertainment and inspiration to will come with time.
Choose Your Path
Ever since I was a little kid I have wanted to travel the country and see all the wonderful things there are to see in the US. I can remember sitting in my bedroom around the age of 15 and dreaming of a cross country road trip with a Rand McNally road atlas in front of me. All of the different landscapes and cultures of our country are fascinating to me. There are three things I have always loved which make the foundation of this blog. Travel, Photography, and Writing.
In the next 12-16 months I will be making changes in my life to prepare myself for a minimalist, location independent lifestyle, and career, and taking you with me along the way. After all of my preparations are made I will set out on the open road to travel across America. I have no idea how long the journey will last for. It could only last a few months, but I hope it lasts for the rest of my life. The new american way is upon us, and you can either seize the opportunity, or get left behind trying to catch up with everyone else.