“I want to choose a mind and a soul that’s wide awake”

Let’s just start off by admitting that I’m obsessed with Aaron Paul.

Alias: Jesse Pinkman. LOVE his wife Lauren too, and her Kind Campaign initiative. So, obviously, I follow them both on Instagram. And today Lauren posted a clip of one of the most inspirational videos I have ever seen. I feel privileged to have stumbled upon it and obligated to share it.

It’s a video about a man named Jedidiah Jenkins, a California native who biked from Oregon to Patagonia in a year and a half. His friend, Kenny Laubbacher (who actually happens to work with an organization I’ve been passionate about since high school, Invisible Children) created the 4 minute film about Jedidiah; Jedidiah narrates the whole thing.

It starts with this moving introduction:

“I’ve met a lot of older people: grandparents, teachers, who give me the spiel of ‘my life went by so fast, just yesterday I was 19 or 25, and now I don’t know where all that time went. I just blinked and I was 80.’ And I think about that, and I’m like, what a strange way to be alive. Back in California I had this fear of building this routine in my thirties and suddenly the decade is gone. And so I promised myself I’m gonna do something radically different, I’m gonna do something that scares the hell out of me and see if it changes my brain chemistry.”

“It’s not about the bike,” Jedidiah notes later on in the video. “It’s about getting out of your routine. And that can look like anything.” I just love how he captured this paramount idea. His journey biking these hundreds and hundreds of miles is absolutely amazing, and extremely admirable and courageous, and yet he notes that doing something like this isn’t for everyone. And that’s okay. It’s simply the idea of shaking up your routine a bit, whether it’s on a grander scale, or something simple. Moving across the country; taking that night class you’ve always been dying to take; speaking up during a meeting; booking a one-way trip to somewhere you’ve never been.

His video and his words are, I think, those of a true adventurer at heart. I really love this video and hope you guys do too!

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