I discovered my passion for the outdoors from a very young age. As a child, I was wildly excited by nature. From building forts to climbing the tallest trees I could find, it was always deep inside my soul to be one with the earth.
I look back and laugh at how obvious it always was that my life’s work would be within the wilderness, but if you had asked me five years ago what I thought I’d be doing today, I would have had a very different answer.
People always talk about how children are the purest form of themselves and how the world we live in teaches us to push away that truth of who we are. So, as I was molded by my world and the people around me, I got further away from myself each year I grew older.
It wasn’t until I was sitting in my office cubicle one day, yearning for a different life, that an overwhelming feeling that the universe had something else in store for me started to set in. At first, all I thought was that I just wanted a higher-paying job with a more prestigious title. So, I set my mind to work and achieved that goal. It only took six months for the allure of that sensation to wear off, leaving me feeling desperate, anxious and constantly confused about my future.
For a long time, I suffered from insomnia, nightmares and lucid dreams that made me too afraid to even turn off the lights. My mind was constantly spinning and ruminating on the things I wished I had, the places I could go or the person I could be. Being present in the moment was impossible for my mind.
Then, one night, I was startled awake. I sat straight up and said out loud to myself as though the words were not my own, “Stop wishing for things you can do yourself. Take action.”
Six months later, I left my office job, enrolled in an outdoor leadership program and started an outdoor yoga company from the ground up.
So, here I am now working my butt off to keep this thing I’ve created alive. Some like to say I’m following my dreams, but to be honest, I’m not really a huge fan of the word “dream,” because dreams aren’t real, and wishing they were will never make them become reality. It takes hard, consistent, passionate joy-focused action to bring a wild ambitious idea to life. You must verify that your vision is rooted in a reality that you believe in to your core, which takes deep and often painful reflection forcing you to stomp out your inner demons right then and there. But once you rise from this place of introspection, you will be ready to face the world, hand-in-hand with your crazy wild idea.
So, today I challenge you to stop dreaming and start doing! It should scare you. That’s half the fun.
Photography By: Nash Pitla @IAmNashNYC