“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” – Joseph Campbell
Eating black beans and rice and reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed, has me thinking that we need to stop being so hard on ourselves. Ahead of my hiking adventure in Peru, I have been considering hiking parts of Appalachian Trail (AT) to get mentally and physically prepared for what I may encounter in Peru. With that being said, I have been reading everything I can get my hands on regarding hiking the AT. In my reading, I have discovered that there are individuals that have made up in their minds that the pathway to self-discovery is found on the Appalachian Trail. One article even stated that ‘Most are people at some transitional point in their lives – divorce, job change or just self-discovery’.
I get it that sometimes we make-up in our minds that the only way to self-discovery is to: Walk away from our careers, sell our possessions, travel to distant lands, volunteer in third-world countries, etc. I get it. What I don’t get? Why do we torture ourselves with the all or nothing approach? We beat ourselves up if the outcome in any way rears off from what we have drilled in our minds as the only way to self-discovery.
There is no ONE way to self-discovery, there are multiple ways. Be open to allowing the universe to show you which way is best for you. I could read Wild and decide an all or nothing approach, but that not my journey to self-discovery. Let’s stop hammering ourselves with these all or nothing approaches and start giving ourselves credit.
I will assure you that no matter your journey to self-discovery, you will get there a far better off person if you just do what’s best for you, no comparing, no outlandish ideas, and no stress inducing goals.