“We don’t have to stay the way we are. One of the most beautiful things about humanity is we can wake up everyday and choose what kind of person we are going to be.”
– Theo Moon
In this podcast episode of Edge of Comfort I talk with Theo Moon (@theo.moon.vs) about creating a passionate lifestyle around his love for music, travel, and writing.
Dealing with expectations throughout his life to follow a typical corporate career track, he studied aeronautical engineering at Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach. Despite doing well and having a safe path ahead, Theo knew he would not be happy and chose to drop out during his third year to chase what he loves. Theo spent the next few years soul searching, bouncing around jobs, and trying to get through what he calls his darkest years.
After 25 years of rarely leaving his hometown in Florida, Theo started traveling in small steps by heading to Miami, Arizona, and Texas among other places. He quickly discovered a love for adventure while seeing sites like the Grand Canyon and experiencing cultures overseas in places such as Spain and Puerto Rico. He now has plans to backpack and perform around Europe for a year starting May 2018.
This episode was really mind-opening and I believe you will genuinely enjoy our conversation. We go way beyond travel and touch on topics we both find extremely important in our lives.
Some of the things Theo and I discuss include:
- Dealing with expectations from parents and peers different from your own
- Differences between coasting through life and living through life
- The necessary evil and dangers of social media
- How being present impacts our memories and enjoyment
- Why you shouldn’t shy away from introspective questions and searching within yourself
- Adopting a “Pura Vida” (Pure Life) mindset
- How Theo incorporates “Adventure Sparks” into his life to boost creativity
And so much more.
Thank you for listening and head to Theo’s Instagram to see his, “Journey challenging all the things I was told wasn’t possible and crafting the life that I want to live: music, travel, and writing!”
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Did you miss the first episode of the Edge of Comfort podcast? Listen to my conversation with Lars Feste about his trip to Iceland here.
3:50 – Why Theo began his journey challenging all the things he was told wasn’t possible
7:40 – Telling his parents he was going to drop out of college
9:20 – Decision to stop pursuing a career as an aeronautical engineer
10:50 – How Theo made it through his darkest years
13:15 – Dealing with how other people think you should live
15:45 – Unexpected reactions when telling people what he wanted to do
17:35 – Why social media is a necessary evil and other dangers
21:25 – How Theo would start educating on the dangers of social media
23:35 – Theo’s movement to be present
29:45 – Finally leaving the nest at 25 years old
36:30 – What Theo likes to do upon arriving in a new place
37:50 – The place that surprised Theo most
40:50 – Timing trips
42:25 – Philosophy while traveling
44:05 – Adventure sparks and breaking from an efficiency daze
46:10 – How to adopt a Pura Vida and Present mindset
51:55 – Going “Full Introvert”
54:45 – Overthinking
57:10 – Something Theo has done recently that he would have never though he’d do a few years ago
59:30 – Fear setting (Tim Ferriss) and stoicism
1:01:45 – Who Theo learns from
1:04:15 – Struggles faced while creating a new lifestyle
1:07:10 – Books that recently had a large impact on Theo’s life
1:09:00 – Where to find Theo’s adventures and music online