4. And last, but not least, the fourth reason why most people avoid walking their own paths is that they don’t know where to start.
Some don’t even know that there is another path, to begin with. We seem to be raised in cultures that tell us that there are a limited number of paths, aka. the paths that are taught by the big money-making University and College industries. In school, we are conditioned to believe that going to University is the only path towards developing a legitimately “fulfilling” career path … and that getting a properly certified career path somehow equals happiness. Very few of us are even taught about other equally, if not fulfilling paths.
Spirituality isn’t even touched on in most cases. So when we do stumble upon the possibility of taking a new path that goes against the grain, we are not only intimidated but also invalidated by our social conditioning. Many people believe that the only way to know you’re walking a “proper” or valuable is if you get the approval of social institutions (or shall I say social marketplaces) in the form of degrees and PhDs.
The deep distrust we are conditioned to develop in ourselves paralyzes our ability to act. So many of us never make anything of our dreams – they just fester in the back corners of our minds.
The Many Weird and Wonderful Benefits of Walking Your Own Path
So far we’ve focused only on the negative side of walking your own path and being a lone wolf. But what about the breathtaking, exciting, blood-tingly-good benefits?
When comparing the negatives and positives side by side, let me tell you, the negatives pale in comparison to what you can expect to experience.
Yes, being different and being a lone wolf walking your own path can be uncomfortable, tiring, confusing, and alienating at times – BUT there are so many rewards to reap from this courageous way of living. Some include:
- You are free to follow your true soul path
- You can innovate and create to your heart’s desire
- You can connect with people who truly support and nourish you (your soul group)
- You can experience tremendous mental, emotional, and spiritual growth
- You can become the person you are destined to be
- You can make a real difference in the life of others
- You feel more ALIVE
- Gratitude, excitement, and joy come more easily
- Many unexpected doors open to you
- You feel more vibrant and energized
- You feel a sense of self-respect for courageously pursuing your life purpose
- You get to experience the thrill of exploring unknown territory
- You can go to sleep at night feeling happy and content
Does walking your own path always mean that you’ll have to embrace being a lone wolf or social outsider? No, not always. Maybe your life purpose really is to enter statistics into a data file in an office. Maybe it’s simply being an acceptable member of society.
If you feel empowered by that or like it’s for a greater purpose, all the more power to you. But I would argue that there’s a difference between defensive complacency (e.g. “I don’t know what you’re talking about, but I’m perfectly happy in this path/job, thank you very much”) and real fulfillment.
I would also argue that spiritually speaking, we are all required to embrace the path of the lone wolf sooner or later. The very way that society is constructed demands that we must forcibly and intentionally take a different route, especially after we’ve experienced a spiritual awakening or dark night of the soul.
At a certain point in our lives, we look around at everything and everyone around us and think, “there’s got to be more.” This thirst for something deeper and greater than material pursuit is what initiates us onto the path of the lone wolf. Why do I call it the path of the lone wolf?
The reason why I call it the lone wolf path is that it can initially be a very lonely path. We must be the ones to reconnect with our inner courage, discernment, and wild internal compass to walk the path well.
Without embodying the inner strength, resilience, and intelligence represented by the wolf, we can easily fall back into the shallow and mediocre life lived by the billions of sheep out there.