A few years ago, I read Finding Ultra by Rich Roll and to this day, this book and it's message, resonate with me. Rich Roll is an ultra-endurance athlete, living on a plant-based diet. What makes his story incredible is that his journey as a vegan athlete began at the age of 39. He found himself 50 pounds overweight and winded by a flight of stairs. Aware of the direction his life and health were heading, Rich decided to overhaul his life, rediscovering his athleticism and embracing veganism. I found his transformative story incredibly inspiring. I wrote down the conclusion of Finding Ultra in my journal at the time because it really spoke to me:
Life is a long complicated walk. Over the years, I've found myself on many paths, some winding, some clear and straight, and many dark and troubling. My story is about a guy who woke up one morning and found himself on the same worn trail he'd been on for too many years. We've all been there. And far too many of us just can't seem to find the exit ramp, let alone a new and more fulfilling trajectory. But I did. By opening my heart, trusting that it would not lead me astray, and having the resolve to follow its direction, I saw my life change in every conceivable way. The difference, in fact, is epic.
At times the pain of confronting seemingly insurmountable obstacles was so intense that comfort came only through living completely in the moment. Yet with obstacles come the opportunity for growth. And if you're not growing, you're not living. So my mantra has become: Do what you love, love those you care about, give service to others; and know that you're on the right path.
There's a new path waiting for you too. All you have to do is look for it- then take the first step. If you show up and stay present, that step will eventually become a gigantic leap forward. And then you'll show us who you really are.
I come back to this passage often. Change can be so difficult, but this quote reminds me, that carving out a new path, though scary, can also be a rewarding process, one that brings with it transformation. I encourage you to read Finding Ultra and discover for yourself Rich Roll's inspiring story.