I’ve read a couple of books recently, which have been about people who have decided to go off on a wild adventure in order to know that they are safe in the world.
One woman decided to take a crazy hardcore hike (never having done anything like it before, and without training), where she was often alone and without anything but the bare minimum, and the other about a guy who decided to go overseas to places he’d never been with no real plan or knowing of what was to come.
Both stories have resonated strongly with me on many levels. The thing that has spoken to me most is the way in which they were just so determined for more than what they had, that they were willing to do whatever it took for them to find it. They wanted to know they were safe in the world, that life would look after them, even if other things in their life had dictated (or seemed to) in the past that they were alone.
Did that knowledge become real and set in their heart immediately? No! Did they want to give up? Ha.. Yes! But they didn’t. Being alive without that knowledge of safety and love just wasn’t worth it anymore.
What did they find? That life does look after you. This knowledge however, didn’t come without first allowing extreme feelings of loneliness, sadness, frustration, lack, abandonment, discouragement, anxiety, fear.. just to name a few.. to come to the surface 😉
After pondering all this a couple of days, a thought came to me.. When people write a book, or travel overseas, or do something like take a crazy hike all alone, people perceive it as being very noble and daring and adventurous! What about the people who are living these kind of brave, risky, on the edge lives every single day! The kind of lives that demand all that you are every moment, and a relentless desire and passion not to give up even when external forces are pulling you to settle for what others have said you should.. The people who have often been labelled as being lazy, distracted, not pulling your weight, not ambitious enough, irresponsible, crazy.. bla, bla, bla.. What about these people? These people are my true heroes.
As I thought more about it, the names of a few people started bubbling up out of my heart.. People who have gone to the edge of nothing to know that they have everything. I want to mention your names, as I am sooooo proud of you and the choices you continue to make to be true to yourself no matter what.
I want the whole world to know.
I love you.
Ben Stephenson, Lisa Shah, Parrish Shah, Paul Schembri, Rachel Schembri, Matthew Schembri, Davina Drinan, Jen Danger, Rachel Ramondi, Ronald Cave, Bluey Paulson, and Nathan Lee-Archer.
I know they are so many of you out there, this is just the start of my list..