All kinds of readers are welcome here at Rogue Priest. I know not everyone is interested in adventuring. Not everyone agrees that travel is the best training to learn how to act heroically. That’s okay.
If you just enjoy reading about the stuff I run into on my quest, pull up a chair. I won’t run out of stories soon.
But I want to be really clear about why this blog exists, and what it is I call the Heroic Life.
More Than Your Everyday Life
The Heroic Life is a life of constantly challenging yourself to do more to change the world. This blog chronicles an attempt to live that way.
Doing more means not what you’re already doing. If you just got back from disarming a bomb on a speeding train while you were in labor with triplets, awesome! Take a day off to rest, then tell me your plan to challenge yourself more next week.
Changing the world means something, too. Change can be small. It can start at home, in your community—it often does. But it absolutely must mean something beyond the scope of just you. The wonderful stuff you do for yourself, your mate, your children, your grandmother—that is all stuff that makes you a good human being. But to be heroic means to give of yourself even for people you don’t know. What are you doing that changes the broader world?
I believe that people in many different roles, on all different walks of life, can live this way. Some of the ways I challenge myself are athletic, and you may have no interest in that. But if you’re reading this, no matter who you are, you can think of a way to challenge yourself to become a little bit stronger, or wiser, or to pick up a new skill.
And the more you develop yourself personally, the more tools you have to make a difference for those around you.
You might not be interested in climbing a mountain. Neither is Laura LaVoie, as far as I know. Her challenge was to build her own tiny house and downsize her life to fit into it. Then she went to Africa to use her house-building skills to help orphaned children.
Teresa Carey gave up everything to buy a boat and sail the world. Now she teaches others how to live simply in order to reach their dreams.
A common theme in both of these brave lives, and one you will see often here on Rogue Priest, is the idea of willfully changing your lifestyle. I don’t believe my normal, everyday life is heroic and I don’t believe yours is either. If you’re looking for that, this might not be the blog for you. But I do believe we can all move continuously toward that heroic ideal. It’s something you can do, and it takes sacrifice.
Teresa worked thankless jobs at every port and carefully rationed her food. Laura and her husband have been working on their tiny house with their own four hands since 2009. If you don’t have the money, the time, or the freedom to change the world, the question I have for you is: how can you change your situation?
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