What if I explore the unknown parts of me, instead of only sticking with the familiar.

Out there in the world, we tend to stick with what’s comfortable.

We usually stay on the well-trodden path or follow the well-signposted trail. The same goes for how we navigate our “self”. We avoid the bits of ourselves that make us uncomfortable.

But when we stick with comfortable habits and behaviours, responses and situations, we don’t grow. We close ourselves off to opportunities to develop. To discover our potential. To find out more about ourselves.

Who we really are in our hearts is what Joseph Campbell refers to as “our sacred space”. He likens it to a cave we’re afraid to enter, but which holds exactly what we’re looking for … if we’re brave enough to step into the unknown.

“All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you. The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again. The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” – Joseph Campbell

Granted, going off-road or veering off the beaten path isn’t usually easy. And as Naval Ravikant  mentions in his highly enlightening Farnam Street Interview

“Nobody reaches enlightenment or internal happiness, or does serious internal work, in a group setting. It’s a very lonely task.” – Naval Ravikant

We have to undertake the journey alone. We have to enter the dark, scary cave of the unknown on our own. But in doing so, take heart, we will be rewarded.

One of the biggest things we can do in life is to delve into what makes us tick.

Yes, it may be frightening, it may be lonely, and it may even be painful. But so are most adventures which stretch us. And it may end up being exciting and fun too!

Embarking on this journey gives us the opportunity to discover the hidden parts of ourselves, which help to make up our whole. Some bits may be great, some not so. Yet, in discovering them, we then have the opportunity to work on the dodgy bits to make them better.

So, what if you invest some of your attention in exploring the unknown  parts of you, instead of just sticking with the familiar, the typical, the default settings ?

I guarantee it’s an adventure worth signing up for!