Long story short I was born in 1991. A “millennial”. It wasn’t until March 2019 when I really stopped to think about my life. That tends to happen in your late 20s. Since then everything changed for me. I realized that my path was headed for destruction if I didn’t do something different.
Conformity and conventional wisdom were a huge problem, and I was a conformist to the max. I went along with the wave not really thinking about my actions. In the words of Voltaire, “Men are creatures of the age in which they live. Very few are able to rise above the ideas of the time.” Those words could not be more true to me. I knew I needed to make changes if I wanted to rise above the ideas of the time.
Now, June 2020, I have a new mission in life, and that is to help people in any way that I can. We need to break the cycle. Throughout my journey, I have studied a lot of different aspects of life like eastern & ancient greek philosophy, religion, health, longevity, logic, and mindfulness. It seemed silly to me that we should discount the wisdom of those who came before us thousands of years ago and rely on the dogma that is “modern” science nowadays.
I truly believe in my heart of hearts that change IS possible. Healing IS possible. No matter how hard it has been drilled into our heads throughout our lives that we cannot change and the healing stories we have heard are outliers and miracles. I have experienced change and healing myself, and my life has transformed for the better. In the words of Aristotle, “Believe only your own experience. There is no fact like a fact learned from your own life.” The facts I had previously learned from experience were ones that my daily actions were doing nothing but harm to myself and the world around me. I dealt with addiction, denial, and indifference, and it got me nowhere. It lead to depression and to the sabotaging of relationships that were supposed to be most important.
I chose to let it go and start over and create my own facts, make my own experience, and look inward. Not go with the tide, and my mission in life now is to help people overcome their addictions, depression, and health challenges as I have done.
A key to realize is balance. You may stumble, and you shouldn’t beat yourself up about it. We have to pick ourselves up and keep pushing forward and be present. If we submit and dwell on our mistakes, then we are programming our mind to accept that as a present reality, and we are recreating the cycle that got us in trouble in the first place. My goal is to help others embrace the unknown and get comfortable being uncomfortable.
In closing, I will leave you with three of my favorite quotes/passages.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. -Robert Frost
Those who go where few have gone will see what few have seen. -Buddha
Enter the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. -Matthew 7:13-14
We are powerful beings. More powerful than words can describe.
Let’s take back control of our lives. Let’s climb the unexplored mountain.
Let’s live logically!