Get out of your head and reset25 Oct 2017
After 1500 kilometres on a bicycle from Thailand to Vietnam wearing flip flops and board shorts, battling 90% humidity. I can say first hand that the mind decides what you can and can’t do.
I was headed from Chumphon, Thailand to Phu Quoc, Vietnam. And rather than flying I opted for sweat and blood. A journey that would get me out of head and focused on the physical challenge. I had been hung up on my thoughts and thinking negatively. My mind kept running in the same circles. So the physical adventure I was about to undertake seemed like a walk in the park by comparison.
I didn't consider the ride that hard. Not compared to the challenge of my headspace. Not even when I reached the end of long roads or found myself off the beaten track being chased by a crazy pack of dogs. Or the monkeys, snakes, piles of plastic and poverty. Or ending the day having lost litres and litres of sweat. I think the problems of the mind are far harder to overcome than rashes and blisters. And often they take a lot longer to recover from.
Sometimes our head is the real jungle
We can never know all the answers. What could have been. How we could have made things better.
And if we're not careful, we can keep running that loop in our mind. Playing with unknowable things. Speculating. Filling in the blanks with the limited information we have. Creating imaginings of the worst case scenario. Being our own harshest critic.
A quote I often replay to myself as a reminder that I'm often painting in details with very little evidence...
“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened” - Mark Twain
If you can get out of your own way you can do anything. Literally anything.
And be happy in anything.
Contribute, change the world, or simply be happy in what you achieve, appreciate yourself. You are valued and can do great things.
Our mind can be a negative story teller. So no matter what your mind says. The stories it tells aren’t always true.
Ask yourself - “What do I really know about this?"
And maybe it's time to find a physical challenge to help hit the reset button.
Go for a run. Climb a mountain.
Disclaimer: Fair Food Forager does in no way recommend undertaking the journey without adequate gear #donttrythisathome ...wear bike shorts, sunscreen, and #hydrate
Paul Hellier - Founder
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