In 2011 I took a leap of faith, and began traveling the world. I left without a plan, eager to explore, and convinced that I would find my life’s purpose somewhere along the way.
In the next five years I walked from England to Rome, cycled from Holland to Istanbul, spent several months leading pack horses across the wilderness of Canada, and paddled the entire Mississippi river in a kayak in one hundred ten days.
I also slept in graveyards, ate raw eggs, posed naked for a group of gay men, was chased by a pack of feral dogs in Romania, and managed to fall off a horse twice in a single week.
Now, five years later, I still don’t have a solid plan for the future. I don’t own a house, don’t have a steady job, and all I own fits into my backpack.
I haven’t found my life’s true calling either, because I learnt along the way that there is no such thing.
I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what my purpose might be, and it nearly flung me into a depression. Choosing a single life purpose felt incredibly limiting and confining to me. And the enormous weight of such a commitment kept me frustrated and purposeless for a long time.
Nowadays, I no longer ask: “What’s my life’s purpose?” Because I believe there isn’t one underlying reason for our lives. Instead our purpose changes over time, as we grow and evolve.
I now ask myself every day: “What can I do with my time that is important?” and that answer might vary from day to day.
This frees me from the overwhelming pressure to live for one single purpose, and gives me the freedom to change and evolve, feel passion and meaning in everything I do, and at the same time let’s me retain a strong sense of purpose and commitment.
That is, I’m committed to doing something that is important, something that matters.
So, what’s important to me right now?
Well, I’m still passionate about adventures, and will continue to challenge myself to explore the world. However, at the moment my focus lies more on self development and relationships, and part of this site is dedicated to writing about this subject.
I believe sharing my inward journey of self development creates clarity for myself, but also lets others benefit from the lessons I learn along the way.
I’m also focused on rekindling my old fascination with close-up magic. I love how magic let’s me connect with people from all walks of life. How it helps break all barriers of language and culture, and most of all how it gives people their childhood imagination back for a few short moments.
They way I see it, if we have control of anything, it’s how we use our time.
Focus on the things that are important to you now, and don’t let an elusive life purpose limit your growth.