The Hero's Call...
In Joseph Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces, "he talks about how the hero begins in the ordinary world, and receives a call to enter an unknown world of strange powers and events. The hero who accepts the call to enter this strange world must face tasks and trials, either alone or with assistance. In the most intense versions of the narrative, the hero must survive a severe challenge, often with help. If the hero survives, he may achieve a great gift or 'boon.' The hero must then decide whether to return to the ordinary world with this boon. If the hero does decide to return, he or she often faces challenges on the return journey. If the hero returns successfully, the boon or gift may be used to improve the world. The stories of Osiris, Prometheus, Moses, Gautama Buddha, for example, follow this structure closely."
Now, I am certainly no hero, but, I am all about embracing the very best of who I can be. About a year ago, a good friend introduced me to the ketogenic diet. I decided to try it out and in 5 weeks, I lost 25 lbs. I gained those pounds back in short order once I stopped the diet. As frustrating as that was, it got me thinking about how I could make changes that would be permanent. I tried the keto diet a few more times without any real success - mainly because I wasn't as strict as I had been the first time.
In a way, that was my introduction into the world of bio-hacking. Biohacking refers to the practice of engaging biology with the hacker ethic. Biohacking encompasses a wide spectrum of practices and movements ranging from Grinders who design and install DIY body-enhancements such as magnetic implants to DIY biologists who conduct at-home gene sequencing. Biohacking emerged in a growing trend of non-institutional science and technology development. Many biohacking activists, or biohackers, identify with the biopunk movement as well as transhumanism and techno-progressivism.
Biohacking can also refer to managing one's own biology using a combination of medical, nutritional and electronic techniques. This may include the use of nootropics and/or cybernetic devices for recording biometric data.
While, I am a noob in this area, I embrace the idea that we as humans have the ability through how we eat, sleep, exercise, and live to have our best genetic potential expressed in our daily lives. This is not really about finding the fountain of youth, but rather living a fully realized life. I also like that I get to be my own guinea pig and get to try different options to see if they will improve my health and my life.
I have accepted the call to find that potential within to live an extraordinary life. If by the end of all of this I have brought something back to you that has worth, then I will consider my journey complete.