Superhuman

For a while already, I have been fascinated by the so called Blue Zones. Places like Okinawa in Japan, and the island of Sardinia in Italy. Here, people live the longest, with very little years fighting of diseases. The life these people live, seems to be the contrary of what is generally perceived as important in western culture.

Our culture mandates the importance of work, engagement, money, to spend it on the next big thing afterwards. We are developing a better computer and phone every day. There are cameras that can watch straight through our body and there are chips we can put under our skin monitoring everything that goes on in our bodies.

We admire the quickest athlete, the fearless soldier, the innovative businessman and the confident leader. At the same time, there are people fascinated by eternal life, looking for possibilities to freeze their dead body, so it can be revived later on. With exoskeletons we might be able to walk forever as long as our neurological system is intact, and we have created the first piece of meat from a petry-dish already.

Not long and we could be called super humans, but to what end? Does one really live a more fulfilling life than somebody who does not engage with all these activities? If you feel like your purpose is figuring out the next step in human innovation, go ahead. However, is what we perceive as innovation, truly innovation?

This eagerness in developing us as humans, has already been catching up with us. Pollution, hours spend in heavy traffic and depression are on the rise. However, there are some communities that seem to have been living the solution without doing any of the above.

Perks of these communities are; people tend to have a sense of purpose, they eat a largely plant-based diet, have strong relationships, sleep enough, do low intensity exercise over long periods, and they are part of a spiritual or faith-based society. At this point I wonder therefore, why do we pursue the fully chipped superhuman, when one can have equal results without all the superfluous effort?

I believe it to be a matter of perspective. What does eternal life really mean? We experience so many sick years nowadays, that when I manage to live to a hundred without getting chronically ill, that could be perceived as eternal already. The idea that we can outsmart nature is another core concept I could only believe if I blind my eyes forever. Plants and trees survived Chernobyl, we did not. We might kill all the animals, including ourselves, but there will always be this tiny being, adapted to the conditions we have created, here after re-evolving in to something new.

Lost in the process of going forward, becoming a “better” self, developing and innovating, it is very easy to forget what already is. The idea of what a superhuman is, you can define for yourself. I can see sunsets kilometers away, I can train my brain to do the most complicated formulas or understand 7 languages at the same time, I can hear an insane amount of frequencies, sense the smallest piece of sand, I can experience connections that are invisible, I can laugh, and I can walk up straight for up to 110 years. I ask therefore, am I not a super human already?

Connect To Change

In recent times I have acquired a different view on what change means and how it works. Generally change is understood as I am changing. The fact that we use it as a verb however, does not mean I am the subject of the process. We have created a world where I am the center of my story, and every other person of theirs. Be it in evolution or in nature. We tend to forget nevertheless, that there is a lot more than me, you and us in this world. Not everything is palpable, but it is does affect everyone, including the world around us.

The idea that change is something that should be initiated by me, is exactly what has come to struck me as odd. Once I relieve myself of the idea, change is not as surprising, confusing, and confronting anymore. The world within and around me is always moving, even without my conscious interference. Nevertheless, when my attention is needed I can trust my body, mind and environment to communicate with me. I will feel uncomfortable the moment I start walking wrong.

Change Signals

The signals I receive however, are not always directly pointing at it’s origin. Feelings of insecurity and general discomfort might arise as a consequence of a toxic relationship. Then, when we take a look at our environment; we tend to develop strong connections with the places we live in, and work at. A new environment we tend to compare to what we already know, instead of viewing it as it is. A stimulus that might indicate our environment demands change, does not necessarily need to come from my (social) environment. This might just as well be back pain, confusion or a lack of sleep.

The confusion that arises as a consequence of these change signals, I believe to be the result of the values and thoughts we hold towards them. Originating more from our formal education, upbringing and social environment’s values, than they are our own. Therefore, to synchronize with this process can be confronting before it is liberating. To realize that the direction I am moving, is different than what I have always perceived as important, can be unbalancing.

Letting Change Happen

The gain is though, that once I engage with the process instead of resisting it, life gets interesting around every turn. This perception of change is something that results in no day being the same. To run with it is not only highly satisfying, I believe it is also a trainable capacity. Noticing every signal for what it is when it comes to my awareness, will allow me to engage quicker in this unfolding, and with less insecurities. Ultimately, I know that change is not solely a capacity, but rather a synonym to life.