Self-revolution: Pursuing self-development, currently through cycling.
(skip to cliff notes by scrolling down to the TL/DR just past the picture)
Who you are is a lot more important than what you can do. Most of us have always known this at some level although it can take a while for it to manifest into something meaningful. When you choose to do something, when it sparks an interest in you, It is a sign of something that resonates within you. Very often the appeal of it is more about you than the thing itself. It is not random although it may not always be a choice.
The reasons for doing something are important in determining what you get out of it and how far you go. While the measures of these are subjective, there are people that may have achieved a great deal of success, be it fame or finances, a great deal of technical skill or expertise, are a walking library of knowledge or have a body of work that objectively stands as a fine example of their chosen art and yet, you cannot help but notice that somewhere along the path of their pursuit, they have lost the plot.
A chef who creates exquisite cuisine for example, but confuses the palate, a musician who demonstrates blinding virtuosity but fails to evoke emotion, an author who weaves complex webs of vocabulary but does not inspire melancholy or imagination (I think you get the idea so I’ll stop rambling…eventually). It could also just be people who talk a lot but don’t really say anything. Of course, the product may be another man’s poison, however, I feel that a combination of strong reasons, base instincts and firm principles rooted in truth drive and push through boundaries of preference and genre especially when they resonate deeply within its creator.
Anyway, when these ‘things’ are pursued, they change you as a person. Should you need to then go forth in a different direction, you carry an edge over someone not having gone after something that once inspired them. This is true regardless of how unrelated the new path may seem; for example, a master of dance will have an edge pursuing martial arts over another beginner not having attained any other prior mastery. It is not so much that the skill sets are complimentary (in the case of this example, they probably are) but that you are hopefully an improved person who is inherently more capable.
When on the path of a fresh inspiration, absorb everything about it that interests you and let it soak into you completely. There is short period at the beginning of a new one that will let you go further and higher than you would once you settle in. Use it to gain as much momentum as you can. Go out of your way to spend time with people that are much better than you are. Study the masters and try to understand the intricacies and the little details.
At the same time, I think it really helps to try and align what you like with a greater goal towards the world and humanity in general. Find problems that you or others have faced and look for solutions in what you like to do instead of becoming obsessed with chasing, grinding and hoarding skills. Cycling for example potentially solves transportation, energy, pollution, several health/lifestyle problems, among other things. Yes, it’s a drop in the ocean and you may not care about the environment or losing weight but recognizing these things attaches a higher sense of purpose to something you already like and you may just introduce your solution to someone who does care about them.
How much you care about others is subjective but know that humans can accomplish very little on their own and for themselves both in terms of scale and depth. The more people that you can pull alongside that share the same path as you but may not have realized it yet, the more wind you have in your own sail. Soon everyone is feeding off each other and you have a community going. This is not to say that you cannot achieve alone but I’m sure you’ll agree that sharing a passion is gratifying.
Lastly, keep your eyes on the horizon. Do not self-identify with what you have done or are doing unless you feel sure that you have found your life purpose. Have goals but value people around you above all else. Chances are that they are the ones that will help you achieve them.
I have a tendency of repeating myself, often stating the obvious over and over. On that note; you will, at different points in your life find things you like that will begin to change you into a better person and its important to ask yourself if that is indeed happening which will serve as a pretty good gauge of whether things are moving in the right direction. Cycling seems to be the thing for me at the moment. There are a few rides that I can vividly remember not being the same person at the end as I was at the beginning.
This is a picture from one of them:-
But more on that later… maybe.
*Things you like are in someway connected to your ‘calling’.
*Do things for the right reasons and keep searching for better reasons.
*Don’t become really good at things that don’t really matter.
*Learning to do/make something and to solve an existing problem is a lot more effective than learning for learning’s sake.
*Don’t be afraid to change your path when the time comes.
*Be good to people and look at the bigger picture.
*I like cycling.
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