The idea of making a fresh start is not a new concept, and today this happens around us all the time. New diets preceded by purging the system, divorce and remarriage, relocating to a new city or even a new country are all examples.
Even Tony Robbins advocates abrupt and dramatic change to set a new standard for ourselves. If we want different results, we need to make changes.
The concept of walkabout developed by Australian Aboriginal people is my favorite example. A young man coming of age, or even older individuals will embark on a life changing journey. They leave all people and possessions behind and go to find themselves.
Young Australians today love to travel. The year-long worldwide backpacking adventure is considered a right of passage. Again, it’s a self-finding coming of age experience. Upon returning, travellers have a new understanding of what the world is all about and a new respect for what they have at home.
Find Your Own Way
Improving our lives doesn’t always have to be this dramatic. Life changing experiences can be created in imaginative ways. The credit card ride is a great example.
Here are four (4) Aussies that strip back their lives to the simplest machines, the fixed gear bicycle. With nothing but a credit card in their back pocket they embark on their own life changing experience.
Stripping away life’s layers of complexity let’s us rebuild and grow in a more positive direction. As a 20 something in Sydney many years ago, I was supposedly living my dream but was very unhappy. Burned-out from a frantic pace of life, I needed a change. I made the left-field decision to move to the U.S. and marry my college girlfriend. It was a huge risk but was the best change I have ever made. It was my walkabout. It’s a long story and I may share more details later, but it turned my life around.
Take a risk, do something completely different and really try to understand what will make your life better.