Say Goodbye to the old and hello to the unwritten.
This is a picture I took in Ios, Greece. I was on the highest point of the island, and I decided to ring the bell to let the world know I was alive. Instead of walking to the beat of the “American Dream” drum, I choose to dance across the world. These are the things I have learned that are of importance:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
Another book that I find is worth picking up and reading is “The Alchemist,” by Paulo Coelho. Whenever I would tell someone I met along the backpacking trail about my philosophy of life, they would ask me if I had ever read the book. If you do not know the story, a quick synopsis:A young Shepard boy dreams of traveling the world for treasure. Not knowing what the treasure is, he is told by an old king to follow the “omens,” or signs, and his heart will lead his life to his ultimate destiny.
“Tell your heart that the fear and suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” pg. 124-125 of The Alchemist
So basically, I have always trusted how I feel about a situation. If you listen to everything around you…you will be led in the right direction.
The motto of this is to just let things happen, and follow all the paths that your heart guides you down your trail.
“When I have been truly searching for my treasure, every day has been luminous, because I’ve known that I would find it. When I have been truly searching for my treasure, I’ve discovered things along the way that I never would have seen had I not had the courage to try things that seemed impossible for a Shepard to achieve.” pg. 125 of The Alchemist.