“It is a crime to dream small”, these are words spoken by one of my teachers the first week of Yoga Teacher Training in Pokhara. It resonates with me as I come to see more and more that I sell myself short by not daring to truly dream, or believe in the possibilities. I am working on it, this whole year has been all about seeing new possibilities and daring to dream, but it is funny that even now, I am careful. I don’t want to create too many ripples. What if it doesn’t work out? What if it is not what I want? What if… what if…. It all comes down to fear. Fear of not knowing, fear of missing out.
On a night off, I went to see Into the Wild at Movie Garden, a great outdoor movie theater startup in Pokhara run by two young English guys. This movie reminds me of so many things that are out of balance within society today. Jon Krakauer, author of Into The Wild, describes quite perfectly that what I feel; “make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”
- Postcard: September 2015, Pokhara – Om – A sound that symbolizes my time in Nepal thus far.