Today we get esoteric on the things that matter most—ego, family, friendship, love, work, death, and the soul. The value of living an examined life. And how sharing our uniqueness gives glimpse into the universal.
Returning for his third appearance on the podcast, our cipher for said exploration is one of my very favorite humans—a former social entrepreneur, human rights activist, and lawyer turned world adventurer, magazine publisher & mystic memoirist.
Meet Jedidiah Jenkins.
Several years ago, I stumbled across Jedidiah’s Instagram feed. His photos are always great, but it was his prose that altered my state. Enamored by his unique lens on the human condition, he quickly become my favorite follow.
Determined to learn more, I invited Jedidiah on the show (RRP #186), wherein he shared insights gleaned from an epic sixteen-month, 10,000-mile bike journey pedaling from Oregon to Patagonia. This conversation remains one of my favorites to date.
I then made him promise to return (RRP #395) upon completion of his first book, To Shake The Sleeping Self. A coming-of-age memoir set against the technicolor backdrop of his bicycle adventure, the book went on to become a New York Times bestseller, crowning Jedidiah as a new and compelling literary voice.
An exquisite storyteller with an elegant gift for exploring the interior landscape, Jedidiah has continued to mature as a writer. His latest New York Times bestselling flex, Like Streams To The Ocean, is a touching and immersive deconstruction of the things that make us who we are and the decisions that shape our one and only life.
His best work to date, it’s a masterclass on leveraging the specifics of one’s experience as a vehicle to better connect with the universal the resides within us all.
So here we are again. Me wanting to know more.
“Your sense of self is built or broken by the company you keep.”
– JEDIDIAH JENKINS
This conversation isn’t about any one thing. It’s kind of about everything.
We discuss the writing process. How to find a voice. And what it means to be an observer of both nature and people.
We talk Enneagrams, the commodification of ‘authenticity’, and how to cultivate focus in a distracted world.
It’s also about identity. Belonging. Finding meaning in work. And what it means to live a creative life.
It’s about the empathy required to find common ground with people of divergent world views. And why cultivating community is critical.
But more than anything, this is a meditation on who we are. Why we’re here. And the struggle to glean truth from the intangible.
As brilliant in conversation as he is on the page, I relish our conversations. And this one does not disappoint.
Let your love affair with Jedidiah begin!
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- Jedidiah Jenkins: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Book: Like Streams to the Ocean: Notes on Ego, Love, and the Things That Make Us Who We Are
- Book: To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret
- Podcast: Question The Self
- Wilderness Magazine: wildernesscollective.com
- TEDx: How To Slow Down The Passing of Time | Jedidiah Jenkins
- Vimeo: The Thousand year Journey: Oregon To Patagonia
- Nashville Scene: Jedidiah Jenkins Trades in Cross-Continental Treks to Map a More Personal Terrain
- The Do Lectures: Jedidiah Jenkins: Modern Day Kerouac
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