“True north”, to live authentically and in line with your higher self and all relationships involved. The dictionary touches on a geographic standpoint, the magnetic force, following a map and the North Pole. “True north” would guide you from one point to the other, from south to north depending on where you want to go.
When it comes to life and the circumstances around us, we often struggle with forces out of our control that pull and tug on us. As a result we often do things not in line with the “true north” that consists of our values and our authentic self. If I’m honest, I have to say that I have grown a bit rebellious against the things that control me and disturb the balance of allowing me to be my authentic self. I feel as if I have been controlled for too long and that I have conformed for even longer, sacrificing my “True North” in some regards. Even though I have always been true to myself, there are restrictions that bind me from fully being who I am, most of the times. Therefore, I seek a life with less shackles and the freedom to run, wild, careless and happy. I don’t want to waste precious time with the mundane and I want every moment to count. I would imagine it to be different for everybody, but for me “True North” embodies everything that inspires and motivates me. The things that make me happy and make me smile. The moments my creativity unleashes and soothes my soul.
So what, anybody can be motivated and inspired right? Anybody can make time to follow up and indulge in their hobbies. What I’m talking about is a step beyond, it’s a lifestyle change, a certain freedom that comes with pursuing what sets your soul on fire. It often means skipping the conventional life and the rat-race, the common and the accepted, the expected and what is demanded. It often means standing alone when few can relate and perhaps think that you have fallen off of your rocker. Is it that far fetched though? Have you ever wondered and got tired of the daily rut and routine? Felt stuck? Have you ever asked the burning question of “There has to be more to my life and this can’t be it? I know I have, over and over to the point of things needing to change.
The subject about “True North” was inspired from another blog post and it reminds me about my own pursuit. I have chased my “True North” for years, carefully fitting all the pieces, listening to the signs, being patient and understanding the complexity of making it all work together. My decisions could be very expensive, so I am cautious, although it’s not all based on that. Over the years in my pursuit, the intensity level certainly has stepped up and my hunger has grown to feel alive and inspired by all that I’m doing. I accept less BS these days and I want more, I’m not always silent anymore and I have learned to stand up for myself while my strive for “True North” has taken on new dimensions.
I came across a little video a few weeks ago that infused new motivation and reminds me of how powerful the human spirit truly is. I am starting late in life, but I believe that nothing is impossible. I’m not saying that I will bike to Patagonia as I would probably choose the van life over that and hike or bike whenever I want to, but it doesn’t really matter what it is that you do as long as you find the courage to do it. To be scared but to feel alive, I know that I’m on the brink of escaping the routine and the moment I do, will be the beginning of the remainder that will embody the rest of my thousand years.