A simple way to feel happier, more empowered, and more epic in life:
Whenever possible, create things instead of simply purchasing or consuming them.
For example, it is cooler and more fun to restore an old school car and make it look dope, than to just buy the newest sports car.
More fun to take a busted old iPhone and replace the parts (new screen, home button, battery) than to buy the newest iPhone.
Or for Android, more fun to jailbreak/root it and install a new custom OS/rom than to buy the newest Android device.
Or for clothing, don’t buy designer clothes– design and thrift your own clothes!
For art, better to make your own artwork than to collect the artwork of others.
Instead of purchasing your ideal lifestyle or following others, better to follow no one and to simply follow yourself, and design your own ideal lifestyle for yourself.
I think what is essential is a shift in thinking:
A shift from thinking “I want to buy that”(consumer mindset) to “I want to build, design, or create something like that of my own”(creator mindset).
Make your own things and bespoke your own life.