I’ve always grown up with a preconceived idea of what I was good at, and conversely, not so good at. Parents, school, sports teams, music teachers – you name it. With the best of intentions, I got nudged, ever so slightly, into a particular direction.
Do not get me wrong, I am very grateful, since all has played a big part in the person I am now. And so, over the years I slowly but surely shaped an idea of my very own strengths and weaknesses.
Looking around me, I feel like this is not an isolated phenomenon, on the contrary, it is probably inevitable in some way. Thinking about it, when people stick to what they are good at and thus are most efficient at, their ‘productivity’ increases, which they are in turn rewarded for (either financially or otherwise).
After all, learning a new skill takes time and effort, which many of us do not have the energy for after finishing all the daily chores.
But, surely this seemingly arbitrary selection in our minds of what we shine at should not define what we do for the rest of our lives? Or at the very least it should not come solely from our surroundings but from a conscious decision of our own mind, which will be enduring all the consequences of that choice! Easy right – free up an afternoon / day / month and think it over, to come to the decision that life isn’t so bad after all! However, to make a truly deliberate choice, we need to take a step away from our usual environment and look at it from a completely different angle. That’s a place where we can challenge our brain to think things through free of any previous biases.
Granted, we cannot completely shut down from our environment, so there will always be some external influences. But what if they are saying something completely different to our truth?!
Guess what… Nothing better than stepping right out of your comfort zone to achieve just that.
This is exactly what I am aiming for with Punta la Barca this september-november. With the mindset of (re)discovering myself, being open and accepting of any possible outcome.
Through the diversity in the coliving, we can challenge each other’s norms and world view , and experience the world in a new way.
And let’s add a little more spice to this and collectively step consciously out of that comfort zone. I’ll be at Punta la Barca from september, living life and getting to know fellow travelers in similar mindsets. On the new moon in october (6th) we go on an adventure to discover.
We’ll be back at full moon (20th).What happens in between is the product of our drive, skills and imagination, and can range from camping the highlands to raising awareness for a cause of our choosing.