So, I’ve recently discovered this movement within certain communities called “dirtbags”. I trail run as often as possible and I absolutely love it and so I happened upon this community who are known as Dirtbag Runners.
These people travel everywhere, disregarding normal functioning lives, just so they can fulfill this love and passion for running.
The Urban dictionary defines a dirtbag as
A person who is committed to a given (usually extreme) lifestyle to the point of abandoning employment and other societal norms in order to pursue said lifestyle. Dirtbags can be distinguished from hippies by the fact that dirtbags have a specific reason for their living communaly and generally non-hygenically; dirtbags are seeking to spend all of their moments pursuing their lifestyle.
You are starting to see these dirtbags show up in a plethora of extreme lifestyle enthusiasms.
Dirtbag Geocatching? Really? But, well, people are enthusiastic about different things. I believe this dirtbag movement is indicative of the Mellinials who do not find their purpose in a 9-5 but that the 9-5 is their to fulfill the purpose. And so for that, they are willing to disregard societal norms and expectations in order to live out their lives to meet said purposes.
Let me introduce you to Karl.
Karl and I grew up together and Karl’s family were a bit hippy. Highly educated hippies. They taught Karl to live life with a varied pallete of experiences. Today Karl holds 3 Masters, and contracts himself out to corporations and business to help them solve problems. A while back, Karl and his dirtbag skiing buddies decides to make a short documentary about their weekend trip to Mexico. They idea was to board a plane in Colorado, fly to Mexico, hike the 3rd largest mountain in North America, ski down it, get back on the plane and be back in Colorado ready for work on Monday. It became a short film called “55 hours in Mexico”.
They did it and it was awesome and that was th point. Everything they did Monday through Friday was to be served as a means to fulfill their outlier passion.
I’m discovering that I am a dirtbag missionary. I’m a pastor. I’m a church planter. I’m a coach. I’m a community builder. Everything I do in life is bent toward the pursuit of fulfilling my passion. Everything! I’m selling my house and moving my family into a camper JUST TO make my life more efficient and suitable for serving this passion. If that’s not hippy dirtbag missionary I don’t know what is! But I’m sold out to this purpose. My “9-5” and all of my blue collar responsibilities are nothing more than tools that allow me to seek out my passion. I’ll travel. I’ll adapt. I’ll seek out. I’ll sacrifice. I’ll even move! And in so doing it will be awesome and terrible and I love it. It’s extreme living for an extreme activity.
What kind of dirtbag are you? What would define your passion and pursuit? Maybe you’re not a dirtbag at all. But maybe you’re intrigued by the lifestyle. Maybe you can lead a dirtbag movement in an affinity community that you belong to? Start something today that give sustanance to your life and others!