Okay, that was a mildly inappropriate title.
Teaching people about barefoot running, admittedly, isn’t my primary goal in life. My REAL goal is to convince people to take the steps to live a remarkable life.
Many people go through life living like a zombie. Cogs in the machinery of society. Good team players.
Other people challenge authority. They decide the status quo isn’t for them. They take steps to do something truly remarkable.
My goal is to identify people that belong to that first group that secretly desire to be a part of that second group, then help them get there.
How does barefoot running help with this goal? I found barefoot running is a good barometer. Almost all people I’ve met that express interest in barefoot running have “the itch.” They have a little feeling inside that there’s more to life than what they currently experience.
The trick is to convince them that the vague discomfort they feel is a valid feeling; an inner-yearning for something more.
Since Shelly and I have hit the road, we’ve met a lot of people. It is immediately obvious which people have that inner-yearning. They ask a lot of questions:
- How do you guys afford to do what you do?
- Was it scary leaving your day jobs?
- What does your family think?
- How do your kids handle the travel?
- How does sex in a travel trailer work?
As they ask the questions, I can see the wheels turning. They’re contemplating the feasibility of doing something different.
I’ve found most people have unfulfilled dreams. Maybe it was something they fantasized about in their youth. Perhaps it was something they daydreamed about while sitting through math class. Regardless of the source, it’s usually a dream that has slowly died at the hands of a society that champions practicality and safety. White picket fences. Mortgages. Vacations to Disney.
It’s my sincere hope that barefoot running can give them a tiny bit of confidence that there’s merit in taking the road less traveled. Great things can be accomplished if we listen to the voices in our own heads instead of the rational droning of society.
I found most people WANT to do something truly remarkable.
All they need is a little push. Hopefully I can help with that push.
I’m going to really push my regular contributors here, but I want you guys to tell me about your secret dreams. What do you want to do that’s truly remarkable?