“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Just like a computer that has become sluggish and not functioning properly, you may need a proper life reboot!
Listening to your heart is not always easy. Especially with all the noise surrounding you, like commitments to work or obligations due to social norms. In other words, what you are supposed to do. Getting in touch with what you really want to do takes some self-awareness and perhaps a bit of practice.
Get your priorities straight and go out and live a life worth living!
Some of us instinctively know that something is wrong or missing, but we don’t know what it is and how to fix it. We yearn for a change, but making life changes is not easy. There is also a big difference between intellectually knowing or wanting something and acting on it. We may need something powerful to trigger that initial breakthrough, an awakening of sorts, in order to spring into action. Call it what you will, but we like to call it a reboot. This life reboot may not be as simple as pushing a button on a computer, but recognizing that there is a problem and pressing pause is a good start.
Completely checking out of society to go walking for 6 months, as Karma did, may not be for everyone. But whatever “it” is, we believe it must be a complete break from the daily routine in order to land in a congruent mind and body feeling that you can act upon with confidence. It really comes down to one thing though: quieting your mind so you can hear what your soul is trying to tell you.
Want to reboot your life?
- Start by just giving yourself some time to reflect on what really is important in life. Dig deep and be honest.
- Define your core values. Write them down. Live with them for a while.
- Next, identify your wants and needs. What kind of life do you really want to live?
- Finally – act on it!
Karma’s reboot story
Can you really just quit conventional life and choose to live differently?
My need for a reboot came after years of chronic stress which led to a long-term relationship crash and a work burnout which left me both physically and emotionally fatigued and unable to function for over a year. It forced me to do a lot of soul-searching in order to find myself again.
The road to recovery was long, but once I cracked the code it happened very fast. It was when I reconnected with nature, and the rewards were exponential and I wanted more! So I began planning my first thru-hike.
Coming home from that first long-distance thru-hike in the mountains of northern Sweden I knew that I had changed and that I would never be the same. I knew that I could never return to my previous way of life, but a few residual niggles still had their claws in me, questioning the sanity of nonconformity.
I needed to find a way to quiet my doubtful brain in order to completely anchor that intellectual realization in my body. I needed a hard reboot!
Since walking woke me up I decided to just keep on walking and see where it would take me. Winter was fast approaching in Sweden so I needed to look at southern hemisphere options.
You don’t really have any trouble living in the “now” when you are on trail walking 8-10 hours per day. Live becomes very basal… eat, sleep, move forward, repeat. Lots of time for soul-searching. Halfway through my next thru-hike, a 3000km tramp spanning New Zealand, it happened! I finally knew who I was and how I wanted to live my life!
I had learned that my reboot was about a lot more than just walking. It meant completely disengaging with conventional life and radically simplifying things. The things I once thought I wanted before was no longer important. All I wanted was to enjoy life and be happy.
I heard someone suggest that we stop writing bucket lists and instead write fuck-it list. Basically getting your priorities straight and spend your time and energy on what truly matters and fuck the rest. I buy that.
For me, it has been an extremely liberating experience to simplify my life. Adopting a more minimalistic approach to life has brought me a lot more peace of mind and happiness than I ever felt before, and I am determined not to lose myself in the rat race again.
Time to prioritize life, love, and happiness.