Shangri-La is synonymous with any earthly paradise—particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia—a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world.
I first came upon the term “Shangri-La” in the film Higher, where professional snowboarder and filmmaker Jeremy Jones climbed and rode an unclimbed, unnamed peak in Nepal. When asked why he did this, here’s what he said:
“Well, I saw a picture of it. It started with my main cameraman sending me a photo, and it was pretty much the most beautiful mountain I had ever seen.”
I think some version of Shangri-La exists within all of us and we place unequivocal importance on getting there. Whether it be the mountains, an uninhabited lake or the shores of an ocean, we long for a place to bring us the type of peace we seldom find.
In the search to discover this utopia, we must remember something that often eludes us: The journey is the reward.
I encourage you to go and seek your Shangri-La. Whatever road this takes you down or however this looks in your life, follow this unequivocal ethos of mine:
Live intentionally. Live authentically.