A while ago I wrote a (somewhat ranty) status update about our grand life on Facebook. Summary: We’re always posting on social media about the life we want to live, and about all the positive things that are happening, whether real or not (yet). Which is great – we all need goals to work towards. If you’ve ever heard me speak in public, you’ll know I’ll be the first to say we need more of that. After all, my mission is inspire others to “just fly”. But, we also need to keep it real.
We live on a lonely planet. Some travelers never find their way home – Anthony Bourdain might be one of the most prominent examples from the last few years. It doesn’t matter how well things appear to be going, just under the surface there might be a reality that’s very real but also very hidden from the outside world. We’re connected all the time, yet more people than ever before feel lonely, miserable and depressed. We often don’t share what truly matters to us, especially on social media. Our Facebook status updates appear to have turned into a collective memory of how we’d like our life to be. It’s far remove from reality. How long are we going to be able to keep up the facade of positivity? As we reflect on our era maybe a decade from now, social media probably would be considered one of the worst things that happened to human beings from a sociological standpoint. (You’re welcome to hit “like” on that).
Let’s not forget that anyone who appear to be doing well on a surface level might still be fighting some very serious demons of their own. You never know what someone is going through. Nobody has the silver spoon, and my guess is that if you’re reading this you’re no different: something is going on in your life right now that you would like to be different. Use that as a piece of connection for the people you work with. Share your story. Demons are fuel and fire, not excuses and fear.
Wilko van de Kamp Author
WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at www.wilko.ca