Thinking back today, I couldn't have written this post a year ago. I didn't know how yet. I have indeed found a little trail that is almost not even recognisable as a path, but I’m on it out of own choice and it is awesome. Finding this path didn’t come easy. I had to trust it was there first and that I will get lost on it from time to time. I had reached this road, only after I’ve left an entire airplane full of luggage behind. In fact, it took several major life changing failures in the last few years to come to one clear conclusion. To have learned the hard way, it is not worth it to drag the past with you, it will just slow you down to get where you want to go.
You should however, not confuse letting go of your baggage, with not caring for others. In fact, it is quite the opposite. As soon as you stop wasting what valuable time you have on dragging baggage around, you free up your time, focus and energy. Time, that can be productively spend on things that make a real difference to others lives. That uplift the environment rather than adding to the luggage.
The narrative we sell ourselves along the way is “but others don’t have my problems”. More often than not, this will be correct for all the wrong reasons. I have had my fare share of conversations with individuals who seem to have an easy life. Just to find out, that most of them are either going through hell or are back from traveling all the way through it already.
“Everyone you meet comes with baggage, find someone who cares enough to help you unpack.” ― Ziad K. Abdelnour
You have a choice at this point. You can either go with the individuals who are complaining about their problems and using it to drag the conversation down. Or you can stick to the individual, who've been through it all and use their own learnings as a beacon for others to avoid and navigate around. The one's who add in a positive way to the narrative by caring about helping others succeed.
For yours and others sake, leave your baggage at the door and take the essentials. The awesome path in life is too narrow to travel on otherwise.