Jake Ducey was 19 years old when he realized he was on a path that was not fulfilling him. He was just going through the motions, doing what he thought he was supposed to do. So he quit school and went looking for life’s meaning.
“It was then for the first time that I officially asked life to provide for me,” Ducey wrote in “Into the Wind: My Six-Month Journey Wandering the World for Life’s Purpose.” “By and by, it was the first time I ever gave full trust to the world to take care of me. And having spent the majority of my existence attempting to experience the future or relive the past, I was soon to know that in between those two extremes is life itself. Thus, wandering in the moment became a way for me to reestablish the original accord that had once existed between life and me.”
Since that first journey around the world: Guatemala, Australia, Indonesia and Thailand, he’s written two books, “Into the Wind” and “Purpose Principles: How to Draw More Meaning into Your Life.” The first was released in April 2013 and the second on Jan. 2 of this year. In an interview with Information Press, he said he is currently working on his next book, “iCare: How to be an everyday hero in your everyday life.”
While he was numbing himself with drugs and alcohol to get through his life, now he’s passionate about life and spends his days writing, speaking in front of groups and enjoying life through yoga, exercise and mediatation.
“We’re more powerful than we’ve been led to believe,” Ducey said, adding that influential people have been lauded as unique people. He said that it’s not true, that those people are just like everyone else, except that they buck the trend and do what they love.
On Jan. 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Ducey was the keynote speaker for the MLK event in Washington, D.C. in front of 2,000 people.
“It’s quite an honor to be the keynote speaker for one of the largest Martin Luther King events in Washington, D.C.,” Ducey said.
Though his family thought he was crazy when he started on his journey four years ago, they are now proud of him.
“My mom thought I went crazy four years ago when I quit school,” Ducey said. “She’s super proud of me. She always supported me.”
Ducey said he’s always loved to write, so he’s been living his passion of writing, but he also feels strongly about doing good in the world. He said it needs to start inside each person and when each person is doing what they love, then the world will improve. To do that, he’s sharing his story. This year he will emcee the Warped Tour and will tour 30 high schools in the country.
“To the core we need to make substantial changes to how we live and interact with one another,” Ducey said.
For more about Ducey, go to www.jakeducey.com.