Video: The Thousand Year Journey from Oregon to Patagonia

This video might hold the answer to it all …

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Jedidiah Jenkins quit a job that he loved to ride his bicycle from Oregon to the southern tip of South America. Filmmaker Kenny Laubbacher joined him for his month-and-a-half long journey to find out why. This video explains it all, eloquently.

A few good quotes:

“The routine is the enemy of time.”

“I am going to do something radically different; and I am going to do something that scares the crap out of me… and see if that changes my brain chemistry.”

“When you’re a kid, everything is astonishing, everything is new. So your brain is awake and turned on … once your brain establishes a routine, the alertness goes away. The fascination with the way the world works.”

  • Nate

    This video makes one think… draws you in and is very seductive. Break free of the chains and bondage of the routine and life that society expects us to live. The video makes a valid point that routine can be harmful and suck the life out of life. The deeper questions are: What is the purpose of life, and do we have responsibilities in life? Where is the greatest happiness and fulfillment to be found during this life? Is this life just something we live and then it’s over, or is there more after we die? Is being alive just a chance encounter with conscious existence, or is it a gift with purpose? If our time here is all there is, then the ideas in this video, even taken to extreme measures, seem to make sense. Don’t waste your time cause it’s all you got, and then you die. Really though, if that is true, then does it even matter what you do in this life, be it live fully or waste it in routine, because when you die it’s all gone, and conscious existence for you is ended. What it means, is if there is no conscious existence after this life, then life really has no meaning. It is not important what one does, one way or the other, it doesn’t matter after it all ends because it’s gone and none of it exists anymore. It might as well never of happened. But if there conscious existence continues after death, and this life was a gift, then it means it is a time for us to prepare for what comes after this life. If that’s the case, then for ultimate happiness and fulfillment of the infinite conscious existent self, how we live in this life and the choices we make have everlasting consequences. They dictate the quality of our life each following day/days, in life and after death. What we do effects everyone else whether it be in a huge way or a tiny unnoticeable ripple effect. If everyone were to quit their job, drop all responsibilities, and live life as an exciting adventure free from societal expectations, society and civilization would collapse. The only reason a small select few are able, to drop everything and go on such amazing bike/life adventures, is because the rest of society continues in the routine and makes modern life as we know it possible. While breaking free of “Routine” every once in a while and mixing things up a little bit to keep us engaged can be a good, invigorating, conscious awakening experience, how will living a life based on entirely avoiding routine and responsibility, all the time, effect the quality of our continued existence, and interaction with others? Is routine really the enemy? Or is routine the very thing that actually makes life/existence possible. Is going from one extreme to the other ( routine to no routine) the answer to having a fulfilling existence? It’s great to take some time off and go on a nice good bike adventure. But it seems often the motive is to leave it all behind, to escape all responsibility and unfulfilling day to day routine, forever! Is the answer to drop and abandon routine all together, or better use it, consciously, in a balanced way to enhance our life. That we may own routine, and it not us. Can we use routine with purpose and awareness, manipulate it to make our lives the way we want? Isn’t pedaling a bike over, and over, and over, to get us where we want, doing exactly just that?

  • Damn dude. That’s the deepest comment ever generated. Personally, I think the key to a fulfilled life is to do what ever makes you happy. If that’s having kids and a good job, great. If that’s working 60 hours a week, great. To some of us, I think that’s through adventure, discovery, and pushing the norm.

  • Nate

    Indeed, I’m all about adventure and not conforming to the norm when it’s justified to go against the grain. And working 60 hrs a week sucks the life out of me so I refuse to do it. 4 hrs of income generating work a day is plenty for me. It’s amazing how simplifying ones life and eliminating unnecessary burdens opens up a lot of opportunities and requires much less to work time to support it.
    It seems the societal norm is to live life as a drone and be burdened down with debt. This video is very inspiring about breaking out of that mindset.

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  • Carl Stokes

    Been working 55, 60 hours a week for the last 35 years , I’m about done with it and yes it does suck the life out of ya , lots of truth in the video and the comments below , Thanks

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