“Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.”
― Chuck Palahniuk
We certainly are living in very special times. The western world had endured exceptionally quiet time of economic and political stability ever since the last shot was fired in the World War 2. This lead to existence of generations of truly creative and talented people who did not have to fight for their very existence, nor did they have to work anywhere near as hard as their ancestors to ensure that both themselves and their families had food on the table. But with time this also gave us tremendous struggles and made many doubt the purpose of their existence and the role in the wider society.
Continuous economic growth freed up space for great developments on the fronts of equality and fair treatment, allowed us to focus our efforts on scientific research and social well-being. We are arguably the healthiest generation that ever lived on the Planet Earth and yet, those in the millennial generation may not feel like this is the case. Of course, we have everything we need to sustain our daily lives and yet something seems to be missing, a key to self-fulfilment. Something is happening in the society and it makes us feel les happy and fulfilled than our parents.
More and more often young, people feel the need to go out there and prove themselves as proud sons and daughters of their nation but there are few ways they can do it today. We no longer praise and cherish explorers, warriors, doctors and nurses working in remote parts of the planet. The western empire although had not yet shrunk but expanded and homogenised so much of the world that compliance, control and predictability of people has become the new equivalent of the brave and fearless. More and more actions that would previously be socially praised as part of an individual’s development are now seen as dangerous and even unacceptable. The new world presents challenges that undermine the structure of relationships and with that, the ability of men and women to comfortably find their places in relation to each other. In other words – the world has become complex… very complex! And it’s only going to get more sophisticated.
The importance of individual’s actions is also being downplayed as we, as a society, left for the world of big numbers where Corporations employ tens of thousands of people and where the role of every single one of them is diminished with each new hire.
At the level of countries we no longer praise heroes because we have few and because we don’t need them. We routinely save lives and if anything, greater contributors to public safety these days are antibiotics, heart-disease drugs and speed limits on our roads. If you happen to have been born in today’s Europe and you feel that you were meant for something greater than the daily routine of a 9 to 5 job and a four week holiday plan, you’re in trouble. But don’t despair because you are not alone. There are tens of millions of people who are experiencing exactly the same frustration.
Dealing with this frustration may mean the difference between a happy living and a failure, finding your inner self is a journey that has many paths and is arguably the most important achievement for an individual in the beginning of one’s adult and independent life. It will determine the quality of your life and with it everything from the success of your career to how happy you will feel with the partner of your choice. A lot of attention has been diverted towards setting life goals and milestones and this is something everyone will one day find out how to but most importantly is knowing when you’ve found yourself, this will open the doors to your personal development and will allow you to, one day, feel that you’ve accomplished what you were born for.
But it won’t happen while you’re reading books on personal success in your office or while watching new series of a favourite drama. Success does come to those who can wait but it does not come to those who don’t make a move in order to meet it. So to find yourself you need to do one thing – get up and go looking!
These pages will tell you the importance of an open travel in an individual’s life, a travel you must accomplish in order to better understand yourself and people around you, the travel that one day will make you feel that your life has not just flashed before your eyes.
Follow me on this trip and see for yourself that in order to get to a better place you need to become a better person and there is no better way of doing that than sacrificing the comfort of your office chair and the convenience of monthly wage payments into your account for a life of exciting uncertainty which is although not easy, is full of surprises, events and encounters with people and nature that will leave you with memories to last you a lifetime!
Welcome to the great escape of a corporate man!