Every Monday, we post a manifesto from someone who has completed The Dig. During The Dig, each participant discovers the one word that best describes their purpose, and they write a manifesto about it. This week’s Manifesto was written by Eric Milburn – evoso’s very own Community Manager. Eric recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. He speaks Spanish and enjoys exploring the world.
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Explore, by Eric Milburn
It’s been clear to me that life’s greatest evil is fear. It severs the tie between who we are and what we could be. It drowns out the senses by eliminating potential and drugging reality.
Fear is the toxic filth inside of my soul that mitigates opportunity and destroys new experiences. It is that same fear that might have kept me from going to college a semester early because of meeting strangers or failing classes. It would have held me back from studying in Argentina for fear that I didn’t know the language or what life was like in another country. I never would have bought the plane ticket to Iceland to start my vagabond adventure if fear usurped my mind, crippling all my life’s dreams, and forcing me down the path of doubt. But fear never won, because my undying need to explore pushed me to go to college, and graduate early. It led me to Argentina to learn Spanish and embrace uncertainty. And it encouraged me in every footstep to continue on in Europe despite all obstacles. Fear will never prevail in my life because my constant desire to explore supersedes all.
It’s because of euphoric new experiences that accelerates my fervent passion making me feel most alive. This is the meaning of life that I have created.
Exploration comes in many flavors, and mine is delicious. It’s a muddy boot, an exhausted tongue, and an empty glass. It’s a worn pencil tip, a broken compass, and a full backpack. Exploring gives the gift of clarity, growth, and understanding, but most importantly, it gives me the gift of truth.
All my life, my unquestioned willingness to seek out the unknown has shaped my life into truth. And it makes sense that truth is the result of exploration – when the sailors of Europe set out for the new world, the truth was always there, but they needed to explore it in order to understand why it’s there. Much like their experiences, I find an individual inclination to uncover what is unknown to me.
Truth is incontrovertible – it can be as big as a world exploration, or as small as a conversation, but it is always truth.
Being an explorer has granted me many experiences making time feel like it’s slowing down. Instead of living one day over and over again, explorations have led me to new experiences. By the end, when my one-hundred-year-old self comes to his final days, he will smile as he feels not one hundred – but one thousand. Like magic, I will have elongated my life into deeper wisdom, and clearer understanding solely by the exploration of new experiences.
As inevitable time washes over me, I fear not that my mind sees it too quickly. I encourage myself to continue down the road of uncertainty.
Nevertheless, moving through life like a sailor looking to the horizon, I intend to capture every moment as it empowers me further. Because only through this fervent desire to explore will my life create its own meaning – fear will falter, and curiosity will strengthen. Forever will I be an explorer.