I had only heard of the man who was said to be living The Impossible Dream until I was asked to write about him. He was a humble young man with a heart of gold and a purpose far greater than most of us can fathom. After doing my Google research beforehand I was prepared only slightly for our video conference to discuss our new alliance and I had uncovered the tragic beginnings to such a grandiose adventure. Beginnings that are sometimes necessary to see the phoenix rise from the ashes. Beginnings that saw love fail him and, in succession, saw him fail himself. Beginnings that gave way to a moment of fragility which ultimately saw his True Self emerge from the rubble.
Now when I say True Self, I am speaking of the Self that exists in each of us. It is the Self that allows the Heart to lead. The Self that Dreams in color and wakes in the morning to paint it. The Self that envisions a path unique and chases it with vigor. The Self that inherently lies in each and every one of us that most of us are afraid to honor.
But not Josh.
Josh woke up in the hospital the morning after an unsuccessful suicide attempt and began to heal the trauma. He shed the idea of who he formerly was, the persona he connected with before things fell apart, the ideas to which he adhered that shaped and molded his life, the life itself he had led up until this breaking point and let it go. And in that release he created space. Proverbial space for his True Self to grow. Like plowing a field in your Soul and planting a seed of the utmost potential to transform the very fiber of your Being.
But succeeding in a state of vulnerability is not easy and sustaining that journey would not come without help.
Josh knew he needed support to once again become mentally and physically strong. Like most of us in a time of need, while we find ourselves changing from who we were into who we are becoming, we reach for something to aide us in our time of transition. Along with a complete nutritional overhaul and the start of supplements including CBD Oil, Josh found a kind of natural medicine in Cycling. It was a therapy combination that reinforced his strength in more ways than one and allowed him to concentrate on his emotional healing. As he gained momentum on his bike, he gained momentum in his life and the action of cycling became a perfect metaphor. And in this harmony The Impossible Dream was born.
The Impossible Dream is a blueprint for living a life limitless and inspired. Why simply be good when you can be great? Why limit your capabilities when you can aim to achieve the impossible? And so Josh decided not only to cycle around the world but to become a Tour de France champion too.
But why should we care about a young man on his personal journey with lofty goals?
Because we are all Josh, hypothetically.
Just as he found himself in the depths of hopelessness believing death was a decent option, we all share the same worries and doubts. We have forgotten ourselves in the ebb and flow of the material world chasing happiness, yet remaining unfulfilled. We have lost our hearts to the cold evolution of society and have been betrayed by its spreading deceit. We have abandoned the hope that our dreams are valid, accepting a way of life that doesn’t serve us. We have grossly given up on ourselves and succumb to defeat instead of becoming our own Highest, Truest form which we are intended to embody.
We should all strive for the same courage and conviction of Josh and select people like him who have trusted their heart and who allow it to lead them. We should let them serve as a reminder to ourselves of our own bold and limitless potential. If a young man at death’s doorstep can drastically and successfully transform his existence, why not be inspired?
We should care about Josh Quigley and his Impossible Dream because he lives his life by example.
I invite you to share in his Inner and Outer journey.