The Explorer

“I prefer the saddle to the streetcar and star-sprinkled sky to a roof, the obscure and difficult trail, leading into the unknown to any paved highway, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bred by cities” – Everett Ruess

Why go into the unknown? Why wake up faster than the Sun and climb in the cool darkness? Why sleep for weeks in a small tent among the snowy peaks, endure gusty winds and temperatures rarely reaching above zero?
What is the purpose of running 100 miles, lonely voyage around the world, the Himalayan climb or swim in the depths of the ocean? Why do we risk living doing something that does not have almost any practical dimension, and by the way it usually brings us pain and requires us to go beyond the comfort zone?

Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary after their ascent of Mount Everest in 1953
Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary after their ascent of Mount Everest in 1953

Humans who move their horizons are not becoming celebrities or rich people. They do not rely on the vanity or materialism. Therefore, the meaning of such achievements is very hard to grasp to the public. Why pay big money for frostbite hands on the end of the world, if you could buy a new TV and watch a documentary about the peaks of the Himalayas and Karakorum, in very comfortable, warm house?

Film frame from
Film frame from “Cold” by Anson Fogel

That’s because in this way, we would not have satisfied what really drives us, so the immense curiosity, the desire to explore, to check ourselves and see what is hidden “around the corner”. On the couch, we will not feel the freedom, we will not know anything about ourselves, we won’t make our life more valuable.

To live truly, man must wake up in himself a natural fascination with the world, which he lost in the gray of everyday life. Must take the risk and trouble of shape own path. Must be able to suffer in the name of chosen destination. The road is not going to be easy, but it’s going to be worth it.
Not everyone has to be Kolumb or Hillary. The value of our aim does not depend on whether it is achievement on a global scale, but on what it means for us. Because everyone has his own Everest. For one person it may be getting the Himalayan giant, and for the other running a 20 km. The most important thing is to put yourself challenges, still desire something more, so as not to stand in the same place, but every day make a step forward.

Christopher McCandless
Christopher McCandless

Life inevitably coming to an end, my dear readers. In 100 years from now we will not be here, so let’s try to take full advantage of what we have now, in order to experience the most beautifully that brief moment in which we find ourselves in this world. Do not be afraid to explore, dream, discover! Because if not now, then when? If not us, then who?

WERSJA POLSKA

Aleksandra

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2 thoughts on “The Explorer

  1. Man, it’s the second time of the day i comment your blog, but…I love it so much. We think the exact same way, have the same referencies, same goals, it seems. I would love to climb a mountain with you, considering that going to the Tatras is one of my dreams 🙂
    Have a life full of adventures and experiences my friend, maybe we’ll see each other on the road someday !
    Cheers from France
    Marinka

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    1. I’m glad you like my blog so much and that there are people people who understand what I feel and think alike.
      Everything is possible, so when you will be able to go there, let me know! Tatras are really wonderful and undoubtedly you have to see them at least once in your life!
      Thank you very much and wish you the same! See you someday 🙂

      Cheers from Poland
      Aleksandra

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