During the first month of 2017, I received more outreach from readers than usual.
Although I didn’t publish much on this blog, I was more active than normal on Twitter and many people got in touch (I keep my Direct Messages open, follow me here).
It was interesting interacting, answering questions, setting up coaching the NYC Experience, taking guys out for photo shoots, an doing some work with people overseas through Skype.
I truly do enjoy helping others. I know what its like to be lost, depressed, confused, and frustrated. Overcoming those thorns was a struggle and I did it alone. It would have been helpful to have had someone older I connected with, could learn from, and had a similar worldview.
My goal is to provide the tools necessary for a transformation.
I don’t have all the answers, the big ones are deep inside yourself, and it is your own responsibility to dig deep enough and figure it out. It is a personal journey and something every man must partake in if he wants to live with understanding.
You can read all you want, analyze yourself until thousands of problems from the past are uncovered, and you might come to some intellectual understanding through it.
All that is going to do is allow you to adjust to society better.
The main goal is transformation.
And for the past year, I have been working with one particular young man who is undergoing a very real transformation.
He first came to me looking for answers, and we had numerous discussions discovering which methods he could use to find them.
One of the things I enjoy greatly is when a person I’ve inspired shares something that only they could make.
It could be photographs, paintings, a heartfelt email, a new life experience, or some unique ideas.
Or in this case, an essay imposed on the authors own photographs.
I’ll let J introduce it with his own words.
I knew Goldmund and I would click. I felt this long before I talked to the man or even interacted with him. Reading his articles, the way he describes sex, art, life and beauty resonated with me.
There is a deeper meaning behind his work. It’s not just art, it’s a deep part of him and he’s not afraid to show it. This vulnerability hit a chord inside of me. Opening my mind to thinking and a spirituality that would eventually free me.
At the time I was too hard-headed to seek help. I thought I could do everything on my own. I could figure life out. I was not yet ready to open my mind completely.
That was until I got invited to Ottawa by a girl I had met only a few months ago. It was then, walking down the streets of downtown Ottawa, unsure of what was going to happen.
Adventure lurking in the shadows.
Then I broke down, pushed my ego to the side and realized I needed a mentor and he was going to be it.
This was a picture I took right before the breakdown and coming to the realization. It felt spiritual, guided on a path. I knew right then and there that Goldmund was going to be my mentor.
The first thing I did after the trip was contact him, inquiring about coaching. Even admitting that I needed coaching was hard. It was very hard to push my ego to the side. I felt vulnerable and scared, unsure of the future.
This happened about a year ago and I’ve kept in contact with him since.
He really helped me see outside of myself, focusing on the true beauties that life has to offer. The glimmer in my eye started to grow, my spirit lifted and I felt much more in-tune with life.
My perspective drastically changed and now I want to help others by passing the knowledge down. Which is why I created this article. To share with others what Goldmund shared with me.
To show others that theirs still rocks to be flipped over in the beautiful forest of life.
*Click on the first image to start the gallery.