Lasts and goodbyes are always bittersweet moments. As a take my last steps in this hike the reality kicks in.
It's a little strange saying goodbye to the place I grew up in but, at the same time I mostly excited. I've never felt home here and for the first time in my life I feel like I will have a true home.
Change is inevitable and necessary. For me, I couldn't imagine an abundance of happiness if I lived my entire life in one place, never exploring and adventuring. It's such an important part of life to discover the deeper layers of oneself and experience your possible potential in this life and amongst this world.
My Last Hike in the Chicagoland was a wonderful experience. I went to my favorite secret place and the day was incredible.
First, I was completely alone. Not another person was there. It's usually like that but, sometimes Murphy likes to play his games with me. The colors of Autumn were absolutely stunning, the air slightly crisp and I stopped and did a little martial arts training at all my favorite spots.
I discovered this place about 5 years ago and I've been hiking it consistently almost every week. I've filmed so many of my Kali Center videos all throughout the paths, woods, ponds, fields and the savannah. I loved observing all the seasons here. This is the number one place I would go to meditate and reflect on life. I've shared it with only a handful of close people in my life. It's one of the last real natural places in the entire Chicagoland area and I'm very grateful I chose to spend a lot of my time there.
If it wasn't for this, what became a "sacred" place for me, honestly, I may not have achieved what I have today. This was my get away spot, my brainstorming partner and place of peace.
Autumn is the perfect season to represent this change in my life. I'm not just ending a chapter, I'm closing an entire book and getting ready to write my next story. A dream I've had since my childhood is now within my grasp. I can't wait to share so much of my dormant knowledge with my family, my kids and learn so many new things together.
For a long time in my life I really didn't believe achieving my dream would ever be possible. Recently I've been asked by a number of people if I have any kind of secrets for success. I would have to say this...
Whatever it is you want to do and goals and dreams you want to accomplish start now. Start working towards what you want for your future before you're ready to start. Be scared to step into the unknown and get to know the void. Wake up everyday with just one primary focus, apply every ounce of effort to that focus and remain fiercely persistent know matter what goods, hards and obstacles come about your path. Be ridiculously and annoyingly observant, vigilant and learn from every good and great source you possibly can. There will be days you will want to give up, maybe even destroy everything you've been working on but, stay connected to that dream of yours and do whatever it takes to pull that focus back into line.
I cannot wait to soon begin the new adventure in my life and I'm super excited to share it with you.
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Oh any here is a little video I put together of some clips from my last hike in Chicagoland.