It’s easy to fall in and out of habits - our lives as humans are formed through patterns, and its these patterns that determine our feelings, our direction, and our lives.
Think of being born a blank slate, starting life without any formed habits or patterns. As you age in learning the surrounding world around you, you begin to form patterns that help fulfill your basic humans needs - needs that every human regardless of culture seeks to fulfill through our individual belief systems. Through a lifetime of conditioning we’ve become the individuals that we are today. A misconception that has been held by much of society is that as we age we become locked into set personalities, habits, and ways of life - the truth being change is constant.
We have the ability to overcome feats that many of us still consider impossible. I used to be on Prozac and felt more like a victim who was helplessly stuck, rather than the bad ass “fire walker” I am today. I used to hope for change and expect the worst, now I anticipate change and use the outcome to grow in becoming a better man. Change is guaranteed, growth is not.
Though we know change is constantly manifesting, and has occurred since the beginning of time; one less commonly known idea is that growth too is equally possible, but only when we’re open to it.
It’s easy for kids to grow because they have less experience with the world, making most encounters a first time experience where they attribute whatever meaning they decide - thus creating a new experience (or base) that will shape their future actions through a concept know as human conditioning. As we experience something over and over we begin to form expectations that translate to created mental patterns, helping us navigate back to the feelings originally attributed to the experience - occurring in both negative and positive feelings.
The move into the van has gifted me eyes to see my life through a more objective reality - helping spot the patterns and habits that are leading me towards or away from my goals. Every living day is laced with challenge; it doesn’t matter whether its trying to find a place to sleep, locking myself out of the Van, or finding a place to dispose of my piss; even trying to keep the inside of the van clean and warm during these winter storms has proven to be a challenge.
When your lifestyle gifts you with daily challenges it gives you the option to solve them, or to whimper and whine - keeping yourself stuck where your’e at rather than growing as an individual. Its important to know what habits we have in our lives because its these habits that inevitably determine our quality life.
For me the key to growth is in daily consistent efforts, where I’m celebrating the small successes throughout the day and laughing off the rest. We weren’t born to be workers enslaved to the system. Take a moment and breath - look at your life objectively. Are you caught in the mix? Is it impossible for you to imagine a life founded upon your passions? If it’s hard for you to imagine then I’d urge you to disconnect for a bit and get in touch with the most important person you know - yourself. Believe me, you and yourself with appreciate it in the end.
Helpful Tips to Breakthrough Patterns:
Note to remember: little by little life is incremental; where growth means being incrementally consistent - become consistent in the micro-levels of daily living to achieve results in the macro-arena of life.