“make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
I received a mail from my mentor Mona Solberg who is a wonderful person I have met online. She included this quote on the email she sent me and I thought I would share it here as it made such an impression.
Through Mona, I discovered an incredibly supportive and motivating online community and I am studying with them to learn the skills necessary to start an online business.
I am thoroughly enjoying the training and all the access to information and support, and am feeling inspired and enthusiastic – which is a gift in these times, especially with a very strict Covid-19 lockdown situation here in South Africa.
If you are interested, here is the most recent package on offer which was launched since I began my journey.
What I am loving about the course is that along with the really clear and practical training on digital skills, there is a big emphasis on mindset. I like people and I am interested in personality types and behaviour patterns.
I am having to confront myself on the course; looking at my challenges and habits and inner voices. It is life-changing knowledge if you are open to it.
It is about being brave and just trying new things. It is about letting go of some old things, like ideas or fears. It is about being expansive.
The whole experience is giving me hope that the extraordinary life I had once wanted to live is again possible.
As per Jon Krakauer’s words above, I am shedding my inclination for a life of “monotonous security”, and I am seeing possibilities again. I am starting to get used to living outside of my comfort zone again, like I did 20 years ago with more regularly.
And it feels good.