“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived…I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
Before age 30, I had already lived a more full life than most people could ever hope to.
In less than 10 years out of high school, I had tasted a good bit of California, Western Europe, and other places while serving in the military. Then I finished my college degree. Next, I experienced amazing places and cultures over two years of traveling through South America with the Peace Corps. Oh, and I met and married the girl of my dreams. How much better could it get, right?
But then the “Great Life Suck” took over the next 20 years of my life. You know what I mean by the Great Life Suck. It’s where our thirst for life gets replaced by the desire for material things and the need to keep up with the Joneses. Our focus turns to trying to keep up with the latest gadgets, vehicles, and other toys. We become ravenous sports and reality TV fans, or we jump on the latest political or social justice bandwagons. We begin to define success and happiness by the number of likes we get on social media.
Soon our lives become an endless search “out there” somewhere for happiness and success, for the answers to life. We believe (because society tells us) that the answers to our problems, our unhappiness, and our frustration are all out there somewhere.
However, after some fairly major life changes of my own—including my firstborn leaving home for the military, the rest of us moving to Florida, and my father passing away—followed by some deep introspection, I’ve discovered that the pursuits of this world are devoid of any true value.
So I abandoned my position in the rat race, gave up following the Joneses, and finally turned to pursuing goals that I’d tucked away on a dusty shelf. I finished my Master’s degree, started writing on a consistent basis, and even achieved a level of physical fitness that I haven’t experienced in 25 years.
I’ve discovered a new love for life because I am now pursuing things I truly want, without regard for societal norms, which is what we should all be doing. I wake up every day eager to start or continue on the next big project and goal. I am pursuing true north.
Having worked in the Adult Learning and Development field for the past twenty years, I also look forward to sharing what I have learned with anyone who cares to listen, to anyone who is also seeking to break free from chasing the wrong things.
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