Everyone loves an epic. Everyone loves the idea of a long journey.
Easy Rider. Strayed. Any accounting of Everest. Into The Wild.
Long, meandering paths that bring someone from one uncertain point to another. Like a river. It might be why I love the idea of rivers so much.
An epic makes for a great story, but it also seems relatively unattainable to most of us. Those who have jobs and places to be, rents to pay, groceries that might go bad if we don’t eat in tonight. Most of us are lucky to get away for a weekend – and usually wherever we go we have to share it with all the others who are also lucky enough to get away.
The idea I’ve been working with: you might not need to walk 10,000 miles in order to experience some kind of monumental change. Just like how it takes a single sentence in a novel to change everything for the reader.
After all, it is a quote that gets the tattoo, not the entire scripture.
They key, as with most things, is intention. Walking a mile may not leave you blistered, bloody and sore. But the intention of that walk could be enough to give you the mindset of an epic. The discovery of that intention, the intense focus in that mile or two, that’s what gives you the story. Not everything needs to be a spiritual awakening.
Most of the time, we just need a quick realignment to remember why we do anything at all.