Meanratting at its core is living life while being aware of it, being real and being active and not caring about fitting in and following conventional standards. I see a meanrat as a free spirit, positive and boundaries free, a survivor and an inspiration to simply enjoying life in every shape and form it comes in. Being a meanrat is being yourself and stop relying on other people as an example on how you should behave or lead your life, how you should look and what you should or shouldn’t say.
If I had to summarize meanratting in a few words I would state it this way in order of priority:
Positive, Active, Boundaries Free, Confident and Eternally Developing
Meanratting is not just about hard physical work although it has to be part of the meanrat’s lifestyle, it is also about development as a human being in every aspect of it, being kind to yourself and others, being open to new ideas and constantly evolving gathering knowledge and new connections.
Why mean rat? Meanratting is not an easy way to live your life. It’s easier to lean back and let life take its course, take you where you are going to get, picking scraps of joy here and there never really feeling 100% satisfied with yourself. I call it life drifting. When every decision you make is a safe one, when every little thing you do in life is because you have to or someone told you to do so and when there is nothing you really enjoy more than when your day is finally over.
Being a meanrat is being bold, it’s being brave and believing in yourself and your abilities to overcome and evolve as a superior human being. Rats are survivors as are humans, but to be better at it, greater at it you also need to be mean and lean and have faith in yourself and at the end of the day in the world. All the tools are there, all you need is courage and a good kick in the butt.