Simon Ekin

How to discover your ‘Why?’ – Through storytelling in forest…?

Why? why? why?

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”  Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Why do you do what you do? I think this is probably the most important question we can answer, or be conscious of, as we go about living our lives.

As you may know, since 1999 I have, in varying stages of intensity, delivered over 1,000 talks to strangers on planes, trains, cafes, places of worship, gyms, and saunas. 

But about 2 weeks ago my brother Jono asked me why I do them. I have to confess that I could not answer him in a clear, concise way, so I went to work and have spent hours re-crafting my talk and doing my best to answer the question. I will be sharing my story much more in the weeks to come, but the essence is this:

Why do I do this? Because I know that I am not the only one with a story like mine. We all carry wounds from the past, but we don’t need to let the past define us. We all have our own stories of being embarrassed, ostracized, alone, bullied, beaten or abandoned.
I have learned that it really can be different. We really can change our story about what happened to us, and leaning into courage, and trusting ourselves and the process is the antidote to this, and the ‘holy grail’ lies in telling our stories.

Why do you do what you do?