The flâneur is a character from literary history; a highly observant stroller (read more here).
You wouldn’t know a flâneur if you saw one on the street. They look like you and I. In fact, if you’re here you’re likely to a flâneur yourself (even if you don’t know it yet).
As undirected wanderers who make real-time decisions as new information comes in, I think flâneurs are the perfect representation of free individuals. Totally open to serendipity, not locked into one given way of doing things and constantly getting stronger in a process of trial and error.
Flânerie is this act of idle wandering, and the overarching philosophy has practical implications for life that span the areas of health, money-making and even relationships.
- Fasting: It’s ok to go without eating; the body adapts and becomes more resilient.
- Travel: You don’t need a pre-planned, rushed itinerary; in fact, winging it helps you experience more and stress less.
- Parenting: Children develop best when they’re allowed to discover for themselves; sheltering kids has negative consequences.
- Marriage: You don’t have to feel pressure to be married by a certain age; in fact, you should evaluate whether that kind of life setup works best for you.
- Jobs: Instead of hoping to find your dream job, you can create it through an entrepreneurial process.
Flâneurs are on the lookout for opportunities, inspiration and ideas in order make the best decisions for themselves in terms of their lifestyles, locations and work.