If Only One Life Is Touched – It Will Have All Been Worth It
If Only One Life Is Touched – It Will Have All Been Worth It
Last Wednesday, TOdd and I met up to discuss details of the trip over a few high life beers at the local pub (well… I had a few high lifes, TOdd goes for a beer which he would say “actually has taste”). As we get into the fine details of moving forward with actuating the 3600 Miles, there is a specific internal positive energy that begins to rev which is extremely difficult to explain. We discuss everything from the material of Tees we will bring, to logistics of keeping clean water in our packs. Then topics of conversation from our true purpose and the impact we may have on childhood obesity, to straight up survival in the elements. We’re all across the board, yet completely in tune with what is necessary to making this happen.
The bartender catches wind of what is being said and she starts asking questions. The typical initial regulars of “where will you sleep!” and “how long will it take!!” emphatically come rushing from her mouth. She is legitimately thrilled on what is to be and worried about our well being all in the same. Then, from out of nowhere, we hear a woman’s voice speak up from the end of the bar, “you two are the guys walking across the country!? … I was in a bar earlier today and overheard everyone talking about you guys”. While she was a self admitted “old lady bar star”, she expressed her genuine interest in what was going on and couldn’t believe she was “face to face” with the guys from the story earlier in the day. TOdd and I looked at each other and simply chuckled of the spreading nature this story has sparked in and around Raleigh in just 5 days time.
I have definitely done some extreme things in my life. Everything from: Skydiving, bodybuilding competition, fighting in a war, college degree in 3 years, moving to Denver on a 1 day whim, moving to North Carolina on a 2 day whim, Hawaii trip on an 8 hour whim, front flips off 40 foot cliff diving platforms… you name it, I tend to put myself in scenarios that require a little bit of wild living. Yet, this 3600 Mile Walk is a step above and beyond anything I could even imagine. The many facets of life that had to collide and conspire this journey to be induced are so very numerous it would be impossible to list and explain in detail. This trip is so much more than a mere challenge to conquer. In the end, it has absolutely nothing to do with getting from the East to West coast. It is evidently becoming known that this journey is about each and every person that we meet and the many lives that will in some way be impacted along the way.
We are simply two guys moving forward on something that was presented to us in a light and fashion that neither of us can really understand. It was truly allowing the signs of life to lead the way and then listening to the specifics behind the message. In many ways this is about self reflection, embracing that message and reaching out to what our inner voice was calling us to do. We all have the ability and potential to create a life that entails whatever it is that we desire. But following that voice is never easy and stepping outside the norm of what is “expected” and into a life where the world questions every move you make, is tough. The masses of people will strong hold their ground and wish to restrain you from the path least taken. THAT is expected. From day one we are taught to be part of the crowd and it is the few that step out and believe in something larger who find that beacon of light leading the way to something bigger than life, so to speak.
We are seeking purpose, we are seeking truth… we are seeking a journey that means something. Something beyond the daily grind of having a morning cup of coffee and helping to keep the doors of business open for operation. To close the sale, to get the kids to school, to pick up dry cleaning… Whatever it is, there is more. We are called for so much more on this earth than simply living in our bubble of existence helping keep the world go round. It’s the reaching out to those who need it most and offering a helping hand. To create. To inspire. To embrace in your arms a child who’s been neglected and left behind. We are called to make so much more of a difference and inside is that voice of reason that speaks to each and every one of us. It’s the scaling back on the hours put in to the needless “essentials” and tapping into that voice of purpose which is the hardest step. To truly prioritize. To get down and dirty on what is important and what are the self created details. This is the heart of finding meaning behind our lives.
I challenge you to stop for a minute right now… Clear your mind. Unwind. Be honest with yourself and the world around and ask yourself, what is my calling? What is it that I’m here on this earth to accomplish? Why have I been so blessed to win that initial race against the millions of other little swimmers on my day of conception? … That wasn’t by accident. You have a purpose. You do. It’s the letting go of what the world has been telling you in which that purpose is, that takes the most courage. Let go of the status quo and be real with yourself. No one will judge you in your thoughts, I promise.
I hope that the next 12 months and our 3600 Miles of walking, you will in some way find an inspired, creative mind that begins to follow through and pursue your ever growing bucket list. To find inner peace, to live on the edge, to embrace a new reality, or if you’re of the few that have been so fortunate to make your way through this ever so challenging life with true purpose, to simply continue on that path with extra drive and motivation each and every day.
I am confident that if even one life is touched by the efforts we put forth, it will have all been worth it. To forever impact the path of another is the essence of purpose. The time is now.
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