Communal Living and Nomading

I love the combination of communal living and nomading.

I wake up early, go to the gym every two days, go to work on foot, and come back to my room in a youth hostel when I'm done for the day.

I join random people I met the day before and get acquainted with new ones.

I expand my knowledge during the day and develop new friendships at night. I think this is the closest I've ever been to an Epicurean ideal—where I get to feed my mind, body, and soul to reach a state of ataraxia on a daily basis.

There is no pain or fear to feel, only new things to discover and new adventures to join. This is exactly how I described a perfect day a year ago: "Mornings are meant to be spent in focused practice. Afternoons are full of discoveries. Evenings are festivities."

There are a few pitfalls to avoid, however.

First, you need to set clear boundaries between your time and other people's time. You can't afford to fall in the trap of hanging out all day with the group of friends you met the day before. It's easy to procrastinate and synchronize your activities with them, but it's only escapism. There is a form of detachment to cultivate. You have to stick to your own things and make sure you make daily progress on your own goals. It implies not working from the communal space and getting yourself some sort of office—coworking space or coffee shop or library—to get alone time.

Second, avoid drama and stay away from toxic people. Travelers come and go, so you'll eventually have to use your emotional intelligence skills and deal with all sorts of people. You don't want to join a crowd for the sake of it. Consider yourself a flâneur instead: both inside and away from the crowd, hopping around without judgment, staying out of troubles, and enjoying the simple pleasures of a walk, a dance, or a conversation.

Last but not least, don't forget your health. If you're not careful, transient communal living spaces—hostels, hotels, or campings—will force you into bad habits: chronic sleep deprivation, bad diet, drugs... you name it. Those places are particularly good at attracting chronic escapists: you'll need the strength and discipline to think for yourself and avoid excesses.

Living a good life is learning to both live with others and live with yourself.