Sometimes, when I’m alone on a walk, I pass the time (and push myself to walk further) by listening to a podcast on my iPhone. My all-time favorite is an interview show called, “On Being” hosted by Krista Tippett.
This afternoon, I listened to an interview she did last year with the famous author of The Alchemist (and many other books,) Paulo Coelho.
The entire 50 minutes is inspiring but Coelho’s final response struck a chord with me.
After discussing how “Who am I?” is the driving question behind Coelho’s writing, Tippett asks him how his understanding of what it is to be human has evolved over his lifetime of experiences and writing.
“To be totally honest, I don’t know who I am. And I don’t think people will ever know who they are. . . I am a mystery to myself. . . I am this pilgrim . . . who’s constantly amazed by this journey. Who is learning a new thing every single day. ”
This resonates deeply with me. I can slow down when I need to but I cannot stop because there are people to meet and wisdom to gain and obstacles to overcome on this (hopefully) long walk down my life’s path.
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