Posts tagged Story
Crafting Your Identity Part II: begin with your story

 

Building an identity begins with your story.

Rarely is anyone given the opportunity to completely reinvent themselves. Perhaps if you're Jason Bourne - but for the average guy, we are an ever-evolving human being building upon our past, not starting from scratch. Your story is made up of the moments and memories of each experience from your birth until the present. Every experience is filtered through past experiences and filed away in your mind as having reinforced what you knew to be true or as challenging what you thought to be true. With every experience, who you are is more fully developed. You may begin to rethink your perception of friendships or better understand the complexities of the female mind (note: I said BETTER understand not fully understand). All of those pieces fit together in your mind, allowing you to draw conclusions about the world based on what you know. This is your worldview - the way you ingest and respond to life.

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God said, "Watch This" -- of rain, darkness and pleasant surprises

We hop off the train and are immediately greeted by rows of images of smiling cartoon animals encouraging you to come visit Gardaland for only sixteen euro! It had been raining all day - ever since we woke up to rain drops pitter-pattering on the tops of our hammocks in Cinque Terre. Being hundreds of miles away in a completely different city apparently doesn't phase the Italian rain. I snug my rain jacket around me and secure the straps on my Osprey travel pack before we perform a routine scan of the station to find a bus ticket kiosk. After securing a few cheap bus tickets we spend the next hour and twenty minutes with our noses plastered to the window pane; breathtaking mountains rise out of the massive lake, completely flat on the sides as if God had taken a heavenly razor blade and cut a valley for the lake out of the solid rock.

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Collecting Experiences; Not Possessions

Driven by inspiration from Joshua Becker at "Becoming Minimalist" and Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus at "The Minimalists", I began to realize how much stock was put into material possessions but how little value we actually derive from them. Sure, we have to have some things to live comfortably and some things we have simply as a convenience - I'm not advocating poverty - but the psychological state of mind that drives us to collect things (materialism) at the cost of living is becoming more rampant.

What if, instead of collecting things, we collected experiences?

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God Bless Feisty Italians

Everything they say about feisty Italians is true.

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We arrive in Salerno after a 9-Hour train ride with the intentions of finding a nice beach-side campsite for the evening. Upon consulting Mr. Google and finding out that the city along the Amalfi Coast that we wanted to visit was Sorrento not Salerno, we hasten to find a route to make it there tonight. Meanwhile, a pregnant, homeless lady asks us for our half-empty Coca-Colas, but that's another story.

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"Hey... where's your other shoe?"

"Hey... where's your other shoe," I asked.
"It fell off somewhere along the way. I guess I can just throw this one out."

15 minutes earlier

We shouldered our packs, tightening the waist and chest straps snuggly against us. The doors slid open at what seemed to be a snails pace.

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10 Countries, 2 Months, 2 Guys

Hi Friends!

I have some exciting news that will hopefully bloom into something big for this newsletter! My friend, Micah, and I are backpacking across 10 countries in Europe over the next 2 months.

While this trip will be a wonderful adventure in and of itself, I'm really looking forward to the byproduct. We discussed our expectations and have come up with some fairly heavy goals. Many of these goals are philosophical or spiritual in nature which means a lot of deep conversations are to come.

I want to get y'all in on it!

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