Hi. My name is Steve O’Neill. I don’t know how you stumbled across this particular blog, but thanks for sticking around long enough to click “start here” and read these three sentences. Hopefully you’ll find something useful in the following paragraphs and some of the posts I’ve written (a list of my better essays is below). If not, you’re free to leave; this is the internet.
This blog has changed a lot. I’ve changed a lot.
Hobodrifter.com began in 2010 as a means to stay in touch with friends and family while backpacking abroad in Europe for three months and taking way too many photos. At the time I thought there was a high probability I would perpetually travel the world, in hobodrifter style, for the rest of my days. Youthful ignorance can be a beautiful thing.
Now I just write (with varying frequency) what’s on my mind and post it here. It helps clear the mess of thoughts, ideas, and emotions that frenetically bounce around my head. It helps clarify problems in my life. It helps my brain stay creative. It helps me stay sane. Yeah, I want to inspire others to think differently, to feel, to act, but honestly I just want to challenge myself to connect the dots in my own head. Then I can do my best to convey those discoveries to others.
I’m not an expert. I’m not anyone special. I’m simply a guy trying to kill the perfectionist and suppress the fear of writing shitty content just long enough to deliver his perspective on life to whoever is willing to read it. Sometimes I succeed, other times I fail. Ultimately they’re just words that describe my beliefs, my fears, my experiences – my story.
It’s not about flashy headlines or SEO optimized content. It’s about sharing. Maybe my story intersects with your story. Maybe it makes you smile or laugh. Maybe it tugs on your heart strings. Maybe you get mad. Maybe it helps you through a tough time. Maybe you disagree with every word. Better yet, it makes you think; it engages your brain and greases the wheels of imagination while altering your perspective. Something resonates. Something clicks. And at the very least, even if the feeling is transient, you realize someone feels the same way you do and that you are not alone.
As James Baldwin eloquently states,
You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.
The Man Behind The Bindle
That’s me – a white, college educated, middle-class male living in America – I’m not in denial about how lucky I am. I get it, compared to billions of other human beings on this planet my life has been extremely comfortable. But I still screw up, fail, hurt people, get hurt by people, and question what the hell it is I’m doing in this world. So, I write about it.
I’m a goofy, often times inappropriate, and occasionally lucid individual. I think too much. But if you catch me on a good day I’m thinking just the right amount; like Goldilocks and her porridge. I help mitigate the over-thinking mostly through writing, comedy, and moving my body a lot – running, swimming, cycling, basketball, volleyball, woodworking, hiking, skiing, and essentially anything outside of doors. Oh yeah, and I love to dance until my feet are loose.
I’m extremely thankful for all the phenomenal people that surround me. I wouldn’t be who I am today without you all, honestly. I value my relationships more than anything else. Thank you.
I mentioned earlier I’m no expert. You can determine that for yourself by checking out my resume. If you want to get to know the real Steve, you’ll have to meet me in person for that one. Alright, this has gone on long enough…
The Best Places to Start
- Blog – a collection of my best and worst writing (below are some of the most popular posts)
- Good Enough is Better Than Perfect
- What Makes A Woman Truly Beautiful
- Today I Went Up
- Drowning in A Sea of Noise
- How We Measure Life & The Secret to Stretching Time
- Notice: You Are Free to…
- Welcome to Planet Earth; You Are Here to Seek Joy
- When Everything Sucks… Persevere
- The Best Way to Start Your Day (…ever)
- Made From The Best Stuff on Earth
- The Value of a Friend
- No Job Is Every Beneath You
- The Revolving Door
- When Something Is Missing and How to Fix It
- Are You Where You’re Meant to Be?
- Mother & Son: An Everlasting Bond
- Opportunity Amongst Uncertainty
- The Radical Appreciation Project
- Unplug – a very brief & ridiculously simple manifesto about eliminating distractions and focusing on what you love (FREE eBook download).
- Principles – the foundation of a strong human being, idea, or movement. These are the ones I’ve chosen. As I change, they change; more of a shift in priority.
- Extras – what doesn’t fit in the blog spills over nicely into this collection of books, websites, and other neat things.
- Un-copyright – why I’ve chosen to make everything on this site free to redistribute, change, alter, or steal without my permission.
- Contact me with any questions or comments.
While all of my writing is based upon my experiences, my thoughts, my perspective, I hope it helps you discover more about yourself.
He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
– Lao Tzu
Enjoy The Journey