Five years ago today.
This is the day I disconnected from life as I knew it and embarked on a journey that would not only change my life, but my entire view of the world.
I felt my life, although comfortable, had gotten off-track and I was no longer fulfilling my potential or taking advantage of my unique combination of talents (which everyone has, but few fully utilize).
I wanted to get back in touch with the things I was most passionate about as well as intentionally push myself beyond my comfort zone.
I'd read somewhere that "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone" (Neale Donald Walsch) and wanted to explore that as a means for personal growth.
And thus began the journey of my lifetime.
What I originally envisioned as an elaborate 3-month adventure (in which I would travel across the United States, take pictures, accept challenges, connect with people, and write about the experience), became an indefinite journey that evolved into the most difficult thing I'd ever committed to.
It forced me to face challenges I never expected and it completely turned my world on its side.
In short, it changed everything. And it began 5 years ago.
May 8, 2010. That was the day I set off from Las Vegas in my 4-Runner. And for the next 5 years I would live beyond comfort in ways I could never imagine.
It wasn't the things I anticipated to be tough that were most difficult to deal with.
It wasn't living my car or the lack of a stove, refrigerator, running water, bathroom, shower, electricity, stability, companionship, or any number of the other amenities people take for granted.
And it wasn't the injuries, multiple robberies, or health issues.
It was the psychological aspects of my journey. It was the doubts, the fears, the isolation, the loneliness, and my relationships that were most challenging. Not just my relationships with others, but my relationship with myself.
I had to face my demons, overcome bouts of depression and thoughts of suicide. I had to commit myself to overcoming my issues rather than let them overcome me. I had to learn how to gain strength from my struggles.
And from it all, I had to discover myself and my purpose.
For five years I've committed myself to the path less traveled. Committed myself to living beyond comfort. Committed myself to and overcome numerous personal challenges.
And it is from these challenges that I've become a stronger person and much more appreciative of life experiences. In five years I've learned invaluable lessons and gained wisdom that I share with others (http://zerosophy.com
And it is from these experiences that I have determined that pushing one's self beyond one's comfort zone is vital to self-development. Although I wouldn't suggest that one necessarily has to live in the manner in which I have for five years to do it. A little discomfort here, a little discomfort there, that'll do it.
But as I've said before, not everyone will understand your journey. That's fine. It's not their journey to make sense of. It's yours.
That is a large part of what today, my 5-year anniversary, signifies.
But there's so much more to it than that -- which will be in my book.
Thanks for reading. And I'm happy you could be here today to share this day with me -- and I share this day with you.
And I look forward to many more.
Thanks for your support.
Now go make someone smile today.http://zerosophy.com/