“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?
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?
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.
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?