The Odyssey...

There comes a time in everyone's life when they need to do some soul searching.  Some do it through constant study and meditation, some do it through cutting out all of life's extra stimuli.  It can be done through intense conversation with an intellectual peer or it could be done through going on pilgrimage.  For me, it's taken all routes and avenues and I'm still not finished soul searching or learning about my purpose.  

But the one route I have yet to take is to go on a pilgrimage.  To get off the grid, get away from normal everyday life with it's distractions for the sake of traveling the globe, meeting new folks, and learning from life's experiences and about myself. This would be paramount and life changing.  It would probably be difficult at first and take some getting used to, but after the adjustment period I imagine there would have to be this amazing sense of detachment and freedom.  

 A young man goes on a long journey and hunt for treasure, only to find out the treasure is within himself...hmm, sounds like a good idea.

A young man goes on a long journey and hunt for treasure, only to find out the treasure is within himself...hmm, sounds like a good idea.

It's my belief that through this freedom we can truly explore the depths of our spirits and minds.  It is when we choose to unchain ourselves from all that has a grip on us in our physical and material worlds that we are able to let our imagination run free, our ideas flourish without fear of extinguishing and our desires are able to be intellectually explored without judgement.  I'm friends with a married couple who biked almost the entire west coast from northern Washington to Southern California this summer and blogged about it.  Their excitement and pleasure was apparent in every post.  

I was able to see and read how excited they were and the little things they learned about themselves from such an experience that I could only sit, read about and envy.  If I were to ever get this opportunity I would take my bike, pack a few personal essentials and several books: The Alchemist, The Odyssey by Homer, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, A New Earth, and A Righteous Mind.  All five books fit the theme of change and journey.  Whether it's how a person can change themselves from the inside through spiritual enlightenment, learning about one self from an intellectual point of view or how we learn about ourselves through enduring the long hard road, they are all themes that support the search within.

Through these themes we learn that we're able to handle more than we ever thought we could when we're pushed to our limits.  We learn about ourselves through the way we handle tribulation and we've all been affected and conditioned by our up bringing and the stimulus in our everyday lives through politics, religion, diet, and entertainment.  All these things need to be explored, examined, and the layers pulled back to find out who we truly are and who we can really be.  

 Just get on and ride. No destination, no time limit, just ride.

Just get on and ride. No destination, no time limit, just ride.

The aforementioned books are books that I've gained a great deal of incite from through either their fictional tribulations or real life issues that were observed.  If I can pull back all the layers that I've accumulated over the years to get to the center, get to the beginning and my core, I believe it's at that moment that I will truly grow to unfathomable heights.  I encourage you all to do just that, look and dig deeper.  I want you to desire more for yourself than what you can attain on a physical level.  

Once you've gotten to that point, figure out how you can achieve your goal of attaining more on that intrensic level that I speak of.  One of these days if you hear about a guy on a bike with a back pack full of books and a chess set seeminly roaming the world aimlessly, don't be confused, know that it's just me, digging deeper. 

 In the decades it took Odysseus to get home, he learned valuable lessons about himself.

In the decades it took Odysseus to get home, he learned valuable lessons about himself.