I did not expect to be writing my third article so soon and never in my wildest dreams would have imagined ever writing about this. And it is with a heavy heart and deep shock that I do so. The man that challenged and encouraged me to begin this blog; my new creative outlet, Scott Dinsmore tragically passed away in an accident whilst trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro this weekend. I learned of his passing on Monday and was truly shocked and moved by the news. All the thoughts of “how could this happen to someone who had so much to give?”, “he was so young” and “why has someone so good been taken away from this world?” passed through my mind and I refused to believe it.
I was first introduced to Scott’s work and Live Your Legend (LYL) just over two years ago via his blog but more so through his highly influential and inspiring TEDx talk ‘How to find and do work you love‘. He spoke so passionately of his own journey from being in an unfulfilling career to the steps he took towards finding his strengths, values, cultivating new experiences and surrounding himself with passionate, inspirational souls to create what went on to become the highly successful LYL community. Scott put every ounce of himself into his creation and it really shone through his writing, his projects, training programmes and of course, the communities he enabled to grow around the world.
After following his work online for a year or so, I fully immersed myself in the LYL world at the start of this year through the LYL London community. I had the pleasure of meeting some fantastic like minded living legends who I am now so proud to be able to call true friends. A few weeks ago, as I took the decision to fully embark on my journey into discovering my unlived life, I signed up to Scott’s Live Off Your Passion course. Three modules in to the course, after hearing about Scott’s untimely death, I haven’t quite managed to pluck up the courage to carry on with the rest of it without feeling an immense amount of sadness. But I know I must. To honour what Scott worked so hard to create and carry forward the message he wanted to share with as much of the world as possible. I must continue.
At only 34 years old, just three years older than me, Scott truly lived and loved. His life oozed everything he believed and he lived in full accordance with his core values. Scroll through his Instagram page and you see the life of a man that really did live fully, that saw everything as an adventure, a new experience and an inspirational/magical moment. He and his wife Chelsea were on a year long adventure around the world and the output of this tour was truly inspiring to watch and learn from. I never got the chance to meet Scott and strangely enough I was contemplating messaging him in the next couple of weeks to thank him for pushing me to start this blog and take another step towards living my legend.
With his untimely passing, everything I have felt since hearing the news and the fact that I was never able to thank him in person led me to this one thought: please do not waste any time. Life really is short, we never know when it’ll end. We often take it for granted that we will be blessed with decades ahead for us to slowly and possibly tick off all of the desires on our ‘list’. But the fact of the matter is, we never know when it will all be over, either for ourselves or for those around us. We take it for granted that an opportunity will come along when we can tell someone just how much we love and appreciate them. We take it for granted to show gratitude towards the things that so positively impact our lives and that we are blessed with. We decide not to sign up for that art class, degree, cookery class or whatever else it may be that we’ve wanted to do since forever for fear of looking silly or thinking it’s too late or that we will have time to do it later. We want to travel but we hold off because we can’t arrange the time off or we think it’s too expensive. We hold on to and live in the past because it’s too scary to let go and fully experience the present and all the gifts it holds. Why do we wait? Why do we make excuses? Why do we fear? Why do we hold on and never let go? Why do we believe there’ll be another time that is better suited to express ourselves and fully live and love the life we deserve?
One of Scott’s key messages to the world was “What is the work you can’t not do?”. And although this has been interpreted mainly in the world of work and career, my interpretation is, what is the work you can’t not do in all the areas of your life? Be it spiritual work, work to develop your relationships, improve your health, live an abundant life, follow your dreams and so much more. Identify this and you’re already well on your way to living your legend, in true alignment with your values and beliefs.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank
My plea to you is this; please don’t waste anymore time. Please tell your partner, family, friends, colleagues, whoever, that you love and appreciate them at each and every moment. Express gratitude and love so freely that it pours out of you. Seize the moment and reach for those things that light you up. Surround yourself with inspirational people that can see the light you truly are. Create a life so full of abundance, whatever an abundant life may mean to you. Whenever you feel something lights you up, embrace and bask in its glory. Define your idea of success and go and live it. Please don’t waste a single other opportunity to be the light that this world so needs you to be!
As I never got to thank you in person, I hope this message reaches you somehow Scott. Thank you, on behalf of myself and countless others, for all of the inspiration, passion, your true dedication and hard work. You have been a true beacon of light and you truly lived the life a of legend. I can assure you that your work did not go in vain, I and the rest of the LYL community will continue to carry your message forward. Thank you for challenging me to begin this blog, for giving me a platform to express my gratitude to you and push myself in a way I never would have imagined doing. I still can’t fully comprehend your passing but I can only imagine it is because you gave so much to the world that your soul and energy is required elsewhere for something equally as profound.
““Death shall not be the last enemy,” said Jesus. What He meant was that we would no longer perceive death as an enemy. We would recognise that death is not death but a recycling of energy, a remodulation of the cells according to the higher assignments in a soul’s progression. The spirit does not die, but rather enters new channels of life…Our relationships are not severed at death, but refocused beyond physical connection.” ~ Marianne Williamson
Farewell to a Legend. Rest in Peace Scott.
“Let’s find a Way today,
that can take us to tomorrow.
We’ll follow that Way,
A Way like flowing water.
Let’s leave behind,
the things that do not matter.
And we’ll turn our lives,
to a more important chapter.
Let’s take the time and try to find,
what real life has to offer.
And maybe then we’ll find again,
what we had long forgotten.
Like a friend, true ’til the end,
it will help us onward.
The sun is high, the road is wide,
and it starts where we are standing.
No one knows how far it goes,
for the road is never-ending.
It goes away,
beyond what we have thought of.
It flows away,
Away like flowing water.”
“Perfect!” I said. “I knew you could do it.”
“Have we reached the end?” asked Piglet.
“Yes,” I replied. “I suppose so.”
“It seems to be the end,” said Pooh.
“It does. And yet -”
“For me, it also seems like a beginning.” ~ Benjamin Hoff
Note: The beautiful photography for this post has been taken by my own very special light worker and legend of a Father, Kanu D. Joshi. I felt it beautifully captured Scott’s life work and how he helped provide so many people find direction and take flight towards their dreams in a wonderfully supportive family. Thank you Dad for sharing your work, I am so proud of you. I love you.