Walking the Walk is an initiative that is proudly supporting beyondblue to help raise awareness for depression, anxiety and suicide.
I want to show the benefits of travel to push your boundaries and get outside your comfort zone to learn more about yourself. There is something powerful about escaping an enabling environment, being thrown into another world and left to fend for yourself. We are all capable of doing great things and all it takes is one small step to create change.
Walking the Walk intends to provide people the platform:
I can certainly say I've won the lotto when you look at my life. Yet here I am talking about my issues. It doesn't make sense … and like a lot of mental health issues – they just don’t!
For periods of my life I've struggled with feelings of anxiety, where I have questioned my own purpose. I once had such high ambitions and drive to succeed – hook, line and sinker - I was sold on the life we are engrained to live. I began to wish away the work week to arrive at the weekend where alcohol became my favourite toy in the playground - my way to escape from the pressures of life and my anxiety.
I was stuck in this sleep walking routine of mediocrity, I had lost all momentum – and I still can’t explain why I had these feelings. I had tried everything under the sun to snap back into gear – float tanks, acupuncture, yoga and meditation. Not to say these haven’t helped, but I had to sit back and ask myself … exactly what do I want to get out of life?
It is now the time to get my shit together …
A massive part of my own self-medication has always been to run / walk, whack on some tunes, let the feet hit the pavement and get those endorphins pumping to clear the head. Walking gives an all-areas access pass to see the world, whilst providing this weird ability to reflect and replicate the mental state you are in.
India provides a catalyst for self-exploration and a great place to begin to question the meaning of life as you you know it! A self-exploration that will ask many questions that can’t be answered but rather pondered. It is these self-reflecting moments that I feel are the most rewarding for me and why India could not be a better destination.