As a kid, I would marvel at the writings of Mark Twain and the adventures he told of travel and new places. I was still too young to understand much of what he was really saying, but the gist of his writings opened up the idea that one could have an adventurous life. The reality is all you have to do is take a step into the unknown.
I can count on my hands the instances where blinders of sorts fell from my vision to reveal what I thought was a limit in myself was merely a place I simply had not gone further than before.
There was a day in a college football game where my mind took over telling my body that it could go further than it ever had. In guinea pigging the Agrovillage nutrition ideas, I was amazed how far the human body could go with minimal food. Not something I would ever recommend to anyone, yet, about a quarter of the planet lives there each day. I can’t remember how many times working on the road, a test in sleep deprivation, or times pushing for deadlines in the lab, long beyond when it is normal to give up – you just kept going.
Ever have a day where you just start running to see how far you could go, and were surprised how far you actually did? Is this behavior a form of insanity, or is it simply a quest to improve and make oneself better with skills and talents?
Each time a veil or wall drops from what you knew and you find yourself doing more than you imagined, it seems you also have to pull yourself forward from the old place where you were. It feels like taffy, glue, or walking in mud caked boots is trying to hold you back and keep you in a place where familiarity makes everything comfortable and regular. The parable to go one step forward, you take two steps back is what comes to mind.
The problem isn’t that the world doesn’t like change; perhaps it is many fear change. Having a day where you know where everything is really is much less stressful than walking into a cyclone. But do you really grow, or tend to become complacent with familiarity?
An old quote is that to get better at something, you play with those who are better than you. There is a great deal of truth to this in that most of the time you will rise up, and while getting your butt kicked, you will grow faster than simply playing at a level that is known. I say the same thing with normal exercise – if you keep doing the same thing over and over, you will improve, but nowhere near what you would if you were constantly doing different things each time you exercised.
Why the questions? I guess I simply question what is the meaning of life for most of the world. You just sit there day in and day out and do the same thing over an over?
I guess that is the question. Maybe when I run out of my life allotment of “whys” will I understand.
I have enjoyed this little break, now I go back to the thrill of trying to learn a new language, yes, something new, something I am not good at, it is very uncomfortable ...just keep walking…keep walking…just keep walking.