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Everybody wants a better life, but not everybody wants to cover the distance between where we are today and where we want to be in the future. To be able to do that, you need your days to be fulfilled with actions that preferably match
Your purpose in life.
In my mind, purpose is the attainable utopia of our existence, a compass that show us the direction to take and give us the comfort to progress somehow in balance.
This equilibrium is likely to be the most important thing we can do everyday in order to live a more meaningful life, which most likely will provide you with happier days.
Every step we take towards our intention creates a ripple. Every ripple reaches inward and outward, either you are aware of it or not. At the center of each movement lies our humanity and this is how this story begins.
After more than twenty years working, travelling and living in different locations I was pretty sure that if I could apply the knowledge and the experience accumulated during my working years, there wouldn’t be anything I couldn’t achieve.
Focus, a steady rhythm and faith in meritocracy would take me anywhere I wanted.
Hard work had always been at the core of my life, the best travel agency I could ever wish for, as I always said. It allowed me to “see the world”, discover new cultures, meet wonderful people, different ways of living and also it helped me to believe that the enthusiastic professional in the mirror was a reliable reflection of my existence and purpose.
Allowing what you do to define you as a person can be very interesting and even addictive. Specially when whatever you definition of “success” shows that you are good at what you do. At least apparently.
The problem arises when work doesn’t work the way we wish and suddenly we start questioning ourselves. Very soon, we are probing everything. Is it my fault? Am I failing in life? Is it something I did? Am I a fraud ? Why did it happen to me? Why now? Why to me?
Eventually, sooner or later, many of us will experience this feelings in life. It might hit us harder depending on how attached we are to appearances, financial dependancy and pre-made ideas about perfection. From a distance, it looks like a “long night or a vast desert”.
For me it was a stretch of few years that took me by the hand to tell you this story.
Going back in time, days of desperation took over my soul and it seemed like I was listening in repeat to a terrible song. I did not liked the melody, I could not understand the lyrics but still, I kept on listening and listening and listening.
And I wonder, why it was happening to me, why to me?
The “dark tunnel” I saw myself in, actually started many years before, or as I often say, some kilometres back. But to understand our present moment we always need to connect the dots. This is one of my favourite exercises I usually do with my fellow walkers and students.
Curiously it is an effort we rarely do. Nonetheless it is absolutely critical if we want to understand how we got here, why we are living our current moment and ultimately who are we.
When was the last time you tried to connect the dots in your life?
If you missed the recent TV program – My Planet – you can watch it here. It might be a good first step to understand better the story of the Walking Mentorship and why my blog is called 0,00KM.
In the coming blog posts I will go back with you in time. A decade that started with a journey. A pilgrimage into the deepest of my soul, physically and emotionally. The result changed me and hopefully will inspire others to live a purposeful life.
Keep walking with me,
João Perre Viana