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And then I went a little bit crazy.

The trip to Portugal gave me a bad case of wanderlust. Even before I got back to my cubicle under the fluorescent lights of the office tower downtown, I started plotting my escape.

With Y2K and the end of the world bearing down, suddenly I had the urge to taste and touch / and to feel as much as a man can, before the world collapsed in a Y2K apocalypse.

From the perspective of the outside world, I went a little crazy. I ditched the ties, quit my job, sold the car, grew a beard, let my hair flow, donned a kaftan and found myself wandering through the desert in Cairo (among other places).

I went through a Jesus phase, and thought deeply about what it means to die in order that you may live again, as I retraced his steps on the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem.

I was reminded of all of this the other day at Bukowski's by the quote on the menu, over an afternoon beer as I pondered another such discontinuity in my life:

Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must live.

People talk a lot about freedom, but most people have never truly been free, and wouldn't know what to do with it if they had it. Those few years wandering were the longest stretch of unstructured freedom I had since entering Kindergarten, 25 years prior.

Of course, when the world didn't end, I had to go back and get a job. But the old me was dead. There was no going back. I was transformed.

Life is too short to waste in a place you don't like, or a job you hate, or in any other way you may find yourself cowed by fear. Follow your bliss, and go slay some dragons, even if you have to go a little crazy to do it.


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Hello Michael. Portugal looks nice.

Would you care to comment on how Portuguese society fared since the politicians there decided to allow 'the people' there to do whatever drugs they please without being locked in a cage for doing so?

Dear Mike we hope you still are

cause we need you to stay crazy.

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.


I never regret any of the dreams I chased, the places it led me or all the people I met along the way!

Hey Michael

Great pic! and more importantly the resonance ...you resonate and are in tune
Never forget....Your time is RIGHT NOW!


For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.


It's RIGHT NOW! No, wait....NOW! Hold on, no, no, NOW! Oh, damn, he missed it. Wait, here it comes again.....

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson



For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

So young ones, there is this way we do it. This is how you do it

if you gots no money and you wonder how can i do that?

Trust baby but it starts for almost all of us with a profound realization, an epiphany that says to us MAN ALL THIS CRAP IS BULLSHIZZ AND I DON'T NEED ANY OF IT, ALL I GOTTA DO IS MAKE THE NEXT BABY STEP.

And that baby step is off your planet. And we surround ourselves, natch, this is one of the GREAT POWERS, we surround ourselves with a bubble of love and good intention.

And we cast ourselves into the jaws of death in which we find freedom and liberty and life.

BROTHER MICHAEL IS SO HONEST WITH YOU to admit that we don't always find what we seek in these mystical journeys but we come back as different people, the same as when we began but enriched in ways that are never, ever apparent to us at the time.

The meaning gets played out in the span of the years of our lives and such did this entity called Michael Nystom come out of his period of confusion to found direction and purpose for so many of us.

WHEN WE FEEL IT WE TRUST TO THE WIND AND WE DON'T KNOW WHETHER WE WILL LIVE OR DIE....not for sure. Some part of us knows the universe is on our side and we just count on it to flow. When you are hungry someone will just bounce up and feed you. When you need a ride a bicycle will practically peddle itself up to you and say howdy, did somebody need me?

So that is one of the secrets. And it's not one that the people with money ever know, it's something that WE KNOW AS PEOPLE.

The only thing I can add to this is those that correctly understand this Earth as our mother, BY DEFINITION WE CAN NEVER BE HOMELESS. And as long as we accept our fellows on this planet, WE ARE NEVER WITHOUT FAMILY.

And if you accept the spirit of this Earth (by our definition holy) YOU CAN NEVER BE ALONE. Unless you wanna be an in that case all you have to do....

is switch it off.

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

hey mike you bick dag if you read this then know

that i encourage every single young person here to do this. and take mike as an example along with your other people who are talking to you from other nations now.

and mike....dude...you know.

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

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Wow, you scream

George Harrison during the Beatle breakup. Cool.

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That hair!!



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My, My, My...

Weren't you handsome? I mean, I'm sure you still are lol, but those are quite the pictures.

I love this post most of all, out of all your Tales Of Nystrom post.

Go slay some dragons? There is a Kings of Leon song called Arizona which I will ever so kindly embed in this comment here in a minute for your listening pleasure, but there is a line in there that says; "go stand up to a giant, say that you're a fighter." Before I read this post I had written a friend that is moving across country a letter where I quoted that. Oh, that silly universe.

What a great story Michael. One day all these will be compiled in one book of short stories, or a memoir and it will be grand.

Life is too short to waste in

Life is too short to waste in a place you don't like, or a job you hate, or in any other way you may find yourself cowed by fear. Follow your bliss, and go slay some dragons, even if you have to go a little crazy to do it. - Michael Nystrom

This is now one of my favorite quotes.


Follow your bliss...

I'm assuming you've seen Bill Moyers' interview with Joe Campbell: The Power of Myth?

Ghosts Upon the Road???

..yeah...diggin' it;
My roller-coaster ride started coupl'a years ago; still riding it to this day.
Along the way I met the man who penned this:
"I used to be an optimist, I usta' play the lottery,
Now I don't even bother to lock the front door when I leave,
My bed's a worn-out boxing ring,
My life's a run-down gym,
What once was CHARLES BUKOSKY, is now Emily Dickinson..."
(Eric Andersen- Before Everything Changed/Beat Avenue)

And Michael....here's the Boston, Mass "Connection" to it all:


"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but

you look like the type that smoked lots of hash. Lol!!!

Michael - You looked like that lone - sane voice...

...wandering in the wilderness - that you still are today!

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Amen, Michael!

And once more: Amen!

George Carlin: The Difference Between Maniacs and Crazy People


"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--

diggin' the un-doo

unkempt hair never looked so good.

Even though I am pretty much agnostic

I kinda dig the religious stuff because I find a certain mystical power to be able commune with the feelings of many others across history so I envy your trip to Jerusalem. I just tried a day of Ramadan fasting-- I didnt realize that muslims skip both food and water for 12 hours so I wanted to see what that might be like (because christian fasts are comparatively wimpy-- meatless mondays, etc.).
But I have a question that might be a bit tough to answer here-- I am moving to Japan for my next job (for at least 1 year) and you have shared some of your history with Japan.... Maybe you point me to some things that I might otherwise miss. I will mainly be in southern Japan so not so scared of Fukushima.

Amen to that...

'People talk a lot about freedom, but most people have never truly been free'

And when you truly believe in a philosophy of Liberty. When you are respectful, honorable and protective of the ideology of Liberty...

You are labeled an extremist by anyone and it sticks. The litmus test I always hold myself too with any critic is very simple.

Name the four rights that are protected under our First Amendment.

If they cannot name those rights but label me as an extremist, I happily label them as either a dumb ass or hypocrite.

DailyPaul defends our rights first and foremost. We are one of the last holdouts with a clear definition and mission to protect equal rights.

Mr. Nystrom, you once said that this era was the last wild west. That we would look back at the freedom of the internet before it was controlled.

DailyPaul is that metaphor. DailyPaul is that place. In my honest opinion, the next two elections are going to be absolutely critical to our message.. not if Rand wins. If our message wins.

'An army cannot stop an idea whose time has come.' was a popular message within our community for a number of years.

It is my sincere hope that DailyPaul is the soundboard it ejects from.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

You look happy

You look happy

Mr. Nystorm.. my anthem to life:


'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

Wait MN, a little bit crazy?

LOL Reminds me of when I lived in an old Toyota station wagon, took weekly baths in the river, and spent most of my time alone in the woods. Good memories. Thanks for sharing. Love the hair.

The Rebel Wanderer

Your hair was a good look, definitely Jesus-like.

With your shades on, you weren't recognizable.

Excessive desert heat doesn't mix well with me.


"Been There"

Been there (South Pacific) and champing at the bit to do it again.

Thank you for the reminder...

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

First, let me say that I am happily married...

Second, you are quite handsome with the long hair, Michael. Love seeing pictures of you in your younger days haha.

America Will Go Crazy If We Don't Go Crazy Tonight

Jesus was the first, "nut," to fall off of His Father's Freedom Tree of Life full of Big Ideas.

America will go Cuba if we don't go Cuba tonight.

Sometimes the good guys have to act like the crazy bad guys to draw attention.

"It's not a hill, it's a mountain as we start out the climb."


Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

I Love These Stories of Footsteps Taken!

Great Pictures!


You weren't kidding when you

You weren't kidding when you said you went through a Jesus phase...holy hair batman!

Cool post though. Enjoyed reading it!

"The idea that each successive moment...

“The idea that at each successive moment he was deeper into the Sahara than he had been the moment before, that he was leaving behind all familiar things, this constant consideration kept him in a state of pleasurable agitation.”
― Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky