Explore Vastly

People say that life’s a journey, and I think they’re probably right.

You start at point A, and end up at point Dead, and the journey between is pretty much up to you. It’s interesting to note that while that journey is a straight line in terms of time, it’s never a straight line in terms of action or thought.

It feels like you meander and swerve, pivot and refocus, adjust and steer all the time. All of those verbs are about exploration, which, I think, is what the journey’s about too.

There’s an expanse of life ahead of you that remains to be explored.

You don’t know what’s going to happen. Your future is pregnant with possibility.

It’s a vastness that can only be explored once you accept your role as explorer, as the leader of the expedition of your life.

Explorers have a sense of compelling curiosity, a sense of wanting to see what’s out there and to drink in the journey. Every step is embraced in the same spirit as the fruits of that journey, no matter how tough or joyous the moment is.

Explorers have confidence in their ability to explore vastly.

How about you?

  • Hi Steve –

    I am struggling to find this “journey” – I hear it often but to say I’m stuck is an understatement.
    I look for signs everyday that will lead me in the direction I’m supposed to go, but they are cryptic and confusing. Like in “Bruce Almighty”, I drove past a sign the other day that said “Do nothing and see what happens”…on the outside of a John Deere store…either buying tractors has become a very spiritual experience or some other force moved someone to send that message to the thousands that drive that same route every day. The message couldn’t have been more appropriate and made me feel just a little guilty.
    It got me thinking…there must be many of us with the same story – after years of great of personal professional success came a series of scary decisions, deaths of close family members and friends, and suddenly waking up in a city I lived in for over 25 years and no longer recognizing where I was or where I was going. So we moved and are trying to start over, but the same sign not more than a week ago outside that same John Deere store read “Wherever you go, there you are”… and I never really understood what that meant until now.
    Some say a change of scenery, a new venue, starting over somewhere else might present new possibilities…we decided to follow close friends to Southern California, and it has all fallen into place for our friends who were feeling the same way in Washington state. After years of working for other gym corporations, our one friend now has his own personal training business and his wife has a very lucrative job in training patient systems in the healthcare field. As much as we love them, I can’t help but feel a little envious at the ease of their transition.
    We had one day hoped to open up our own little coffee place but that is a dream left behind. The money and motivation have been replaced by fear and the need to recoup our losses over the last 4 years. We were passionate about real estate, flipping house after house after house as a side business. I spent 20 years as the owner of a successful design business of my own and my spouse spent 20 years in health insurance. The last few years dismantled the jobs we were so dedicated to and the economy killed the concept of flipping (trust me, it’s just on the TV shows and much more difficult and risky to do now in the real world).
    Where we go now is so unclear to me…just getting out of bed every day is an exercise in terror…even though the sun is out, the beach is close, and we are out of the cold and snow that cripples both of us (we both have RA) the same feeling of loss and confusion remain… STUCK…and not sure this was the right move for us. I miss our family in the Pacific NW, but it is not up to them to comfort and provide the security and confidence we so badly need. It’s a place I never thought I would find myself.
    Maybe someone out there has an idea of how they became “unstuck” – and a few steps to getting to a forward momentum and working towards what you really want to do. My spouse has found work but doesn’t have a passion for it…there is a profound sadness in doing work that holds no meaning especially when it pays very little and I am looking…but I don’t know what I want to do. What I excel at doesn’t exist anymore and reinventing myself is not as easy at it looks – not all of us have the Madonna gene – and society in general doesn’t see these evaluations of self and purpose as finding one’s way. Shifting gears and redirecting “the journey” in today’s world requires detailed explanations, reasons, and justifications for changing course, and not all of us can find our lives online (and like myself, have no interest in living on the internet).
    It’s a blessing you are in the world and now that I have found you, I look forward to the wisdom you provide. I’m still working on the 39 steps – right now, taking one step is a huge, scary thing, but every day I’m trying to put one foot in front of the other. Maybe I’ll check that John Deere sign just one more time…

  • Thanks, Steve. Incredibly timely as usual. I’ve just returned from a six-week whirlwind work-and-play-combo adventure in Sri Lanka, India, and Indonesia. Landing back in dark, cold Montreal after that, and being back to working alone in my home with nobody around, has been jarring indeed. It’s suddenly quite hard to feel like a daring explorer. Life feels small and I feel invisible, so the reminder of the vast expanse of life ahead of me is soothing and inspiring indeed!

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