By Phillip Anderson, lifeoffthehighway.com and What’s Up 24/7
Do this exercise. Look at a map and ask yourself: how far do you typically drive from home to work? From how far away do you hire service providers? What about shopping for groceries or other necessities? Where do you go for leisure? Do you commute to school, take care of parents, or cart kids around to their activities?
Now pick the farthest distance you regularly travel (in miles or minutes) and use that to draw a 360º circle from your house. Next, identify the valuable resources, opportunities, and activities that exist in your circle. Like me, you will be amazed at what’s available for living, learning, working, and playing.
If there is one thing we are learning in this pandemic, it is that we crave human interaction. It is critical to our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. For many, the pace of life has slowed and we are catching our breath.
Instead of jumping back into the mindless rat race, let’s begin making conscious choices about supporting local businesses, attending local/regional events, and visiting nearby destinations and points-of-interest. It’s a path to greater fulfillment and joy in our everyday lives.This is what we call a 360º lifestyle and it is supported by a new community promotion platform, What’sUp 24/7.
A 360º lifestyle is a customized way of living focused on all the dimensions of your life — what you do, where you do it, who you serve, and how you interact with others. It is a lifestyle based on better choices that strengthen community connections and deepen our roots.
Back to the exercise.
We become defined by our towns and counties which were created long ago for a different way of living. Because of technology and transportation, boundaries no longer matter and they no longer define what’s available to us. Today, we live in circles — 15-minute, 30-minute, or 60-minute — or lines and corridors that we frequent. We can easily move in every direction, creating a 360º lifestyle.
What are the benefits of a 360º lifestyle?
Second, you find and support local businesses and create lasting relationships that energize local economies and strengthen communities. Without being force fed by Google or Amazon.