The Adventure Of Self-discovery

The adventure of self discovery

Christopher McCandless was a young American who made the decision to leave all his possessions and money behind and move to Alaska,  where he went to live in nature to find the meaning of life. He embarked on an amazing adventure of self-discovery.

If you want to know this great story by Christopher McCandless, you have to watch the movie  Into the Wild,  beautifully directed by Sean Penn, or read the book of the same name written by Jon Krakauer that inspired the movie.

Does this mean that we must all travel to snowy regions, deep forests and vast grasslands to begin our adventure of self-discovery? Of course not, although it’s not a bad idea. The adventure of self-discovery travel, getaways, long conversations and encounters with amazing places that can change your perspective of yourself  as a person… the destination is much closer than Alaska. The place you should go is your own mind, your heart and your true self.

Christopher McCandless

The Adventure to Self-Discovery: Preparing for the Journey

The first stage of the wonderful journey of self-discovery is possibly the most difficult, because you have to move muscles that you normally don’t and that is no easy task. Jean Piaget once said that ‘if an individual is intellectually passive, he will never be morally free’.

Getting up and moving is a difficult process. First you have to be aware of your immobility and then you have to convince yourself to start the journey. After that, you have to pack your suitcase with what you need for the trip.

There are still some preparations to make before you can begin the journey of self-discovery, as  the journey starts from the deepest point of your being, from which there is no turning back. The pillars of your own existence take a beating and you have to prepare for that.

Starting the journey

The first, difficult step has been taken. All preparations have been made and the journey has begun. The scene before you is exciting and intriguing. You may experience anxiety, dizziness, and panic, but it’s best not to turn around. The destination will be worth it.

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George Bernard Shaw once said that “few people think only two or three times a year. I’ve built an international reputation myself by thinking once or twice a week’. Remember, you will have to go through the same process that led this philosopher and thinker to train his mind almost daily.

Where does the journey begin? It is actually very simple and at the same time very complicated. Your journey begins with questions such as “who am I?”, “why am I here?”, “what do I want?” and “where do I want to go?”

In the wild

You’ve packed all your luggage and you’re ready to go. The time has now come to venture out into the wild. Go in an unknown direction and dive deeper and deeper into your thoughts, the nature of your emotions and the reality of your feelings.

You will find that as you continue along the path toward your own essence, Jean-Paul Sartre’s statement becomes clearer:  “My thoughts are me, therefore I cannot end. I exist because I think and I cannot avoid thinking.”

The beginning of your journey is very difficult. You leave your comfortable existence to wander aimlessly into the abyss of your mind and heart and that is disorienting. But  as you walk further, you will find that the path becomes clearer, clearer and simpler. Your own reasoning and emotions begin to become clearer. You are you and you are discovering yourself.

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Reaching your destination

You now notice that it is becoming easier to think. You have dusted every corner of your mind and your heart is moving more and more towards your true self. Now you can fully understand this quote from Marco Aurelio: “A man’s life is what his thoughts make him.” And your thoughts are real and sincere.

Thanks to the adventure of self-discovery, you get to know yourself better as a person. Your situation in life, your needs, your goals, the value of your emotions, your hopes and dreams and your ability to love everything, be it nature, family, friends or acquaintances.

Now you know your limits, your strengths and your weaknesses. Now you know who you are and what you want. You’ve arrived at your destination, but the adventure doesn’t stop here. There’s no going back and you can’t take breaks. There is always something new to find, new places to visit and new passions to enjoy, but now you know how to spot them because you know who you are and what you are really looking for.

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