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Purpose: Find the Heroic Life

As June 21 draws near I confront my motivations for the journey ahead. This is the final installment of a three part series on why I’m going on the Adventure. Find Part I here and Part II here.

A Heroic Faith

What is there to say?

In my heart, I believe we can do great things.

I’ve created a practicum which, if followed, is supposed to race you toward that end:

Taking action, living for high ideals, charging fearlessly into new and grand plans, building a name around your art or skill, and using your life to change the way the world works.

The whole thing must be tested. I mean “tested” to see if it works; I also mean it the way a baby tests his legs. I will never understand the vehicle I’ve made unless I enter into it and live it for myself.

Neither will anyone else, unless they do too.

Why This Journey

The Heroic Life is a philosophy of action. It is not believed but done, not theory but experience. Its central practice is action: leave and go on a journey.

Many readers will look at my story, take a little piece of the philosophy, and fit it into their lives. I approve of that. I hope it helps your life, even if your life is not one of travel.

But for the heroic to be more than fiction, there must be people who believe in it so deeply, so humanly, that they live it. It is those people I wish to walk beside.

And if I don’t walk it myself, suggesting it is unconscionable.

The Value

If small knots of people join together to live this way, the world will be greater. A fellowship of heroes-to-be: let us leave home, walk where we will, learn what we can, and offer cheerful aid to troubled people.

If this one idea can catch on, the sky will look a little different.

When just a few people give everything to uplift others and carry no agenda, hope travels with them. Then more people take heroic action.

The next two, three, five years will teach me how to make this machine work. If there is a philosophy that can create and unite this kind of fellowship, I will discover it. And when I know how it works, then the real project of the Great Adventure will be complete: then I’ll have used travel to find my purpose, and be ready to help others do the same.

Wish me luck, Rogues, and if you want to lend your support, help a traveler sometime.

What’s the best way to learn about the heroic life as I travel? Do you have suggestions?

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12 thoughts on “Purpose: Find the Heroic Life

  1. leightonherdson says:

    I love this. Great idea very motivational. Keep up the great posts and best of luck with the adventure. Life is there to be lived.

  2. Drew,

    I walk with you, at least in Spirit. I hope that somewhere along the way we get to walk in person, as well.

    One of the things I am learning, right now, is that my purpose is related to things I take for granted about myself that others see as astounding. (What, you mean this doesn’t happen to everyone? Everybody doesn’t do that?) And my journey at this time is to look at myself more honestly – I can’t actually stand it my power and use it for good if I don’t acknowledge it.

    Marianne fucking Williamson was right, damn it.


  3. And what if we don’t follow your specific way? What if we have our own ways — other journeys that lead to the same destination — but we have different definitions, terms, rituals, and teams? What if we call ourselves something other than rogues, yet we can still call ourselves something better… friends? Friends who still give all we can, who live in love, and reach out to their communities, volunteer to help whenever there is need? You may be out there in the wild, on the road, perhaps seeking the distant glories of faraway places and exotic cultures — but here, at home, there is still those of us who discover adventure here and do what we can to give back to the people around us. Are we not worthy of your esteem?

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  6. Rua Lupa says:

    “What’s the best way to learn about the heroic life as I travel? Do you have suggestions?”

    Ha, what would I know. I don’t want to presume anyway is better than another because there is an infinite number of possible occurrences when someone travels. Most of which would be random and therefore be unable to prepared for it. Which is part of the point of your journey – to get you out of your comfort zone. The only thing I can think of is to be open minded and not assume anything when it comes to new encounters. That way you are more likely to not miss out on any valuable lessons that may be present.

    Best of Luck!

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