The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but having new eyes.
This is a wonderful notion that defines both my newfound approach to travel, and to soul-searching. When I discover new places, new lifestyles, and new ideas, I am in awe, because for so long, I’ve been in one place, knowing only a single set of habits and viewpoints. It’s a wonderful feeling to realize time and again that the world is larger than I can ever comprehend and that the people in it possess the magical quality of endless diversity. On the one hand, I feel small, and on the other hand, I am comfortable in the company of these still nameless and faceless strangers. I’m no longer only in the center of my own universe and simultaneously, I, with all my baggage and complexities, find refuge in the shadow of those who have dared to share their experiences and lives with me.
If you measure accomplishment by time, there’s no incentive to go harder. Gunnar Peterson
Originally given as exercise advice, I find this applies appropriately to the rest of our activities as well. Recently, I’ve done a lot of soul searching, and I am by no means done soul searching (in fact, I don’t think I’ll ever be done) but during this time, I’ve often vacillated between comparing myself against the vast and combined accomplishments of my classmates and all the accomplishments I think I should’ve completed before the ripe old age of 22 and a half.
In these moments of despair and utter conviction that I will no doubt fulfill my life’s purpose as a societal failure (dramatic, I know), I have to remind myself of this sentiment – that it’s not about the time that passes but what I’ve done. This is a scary thought because time is such a generic and dependable metric– yet to measure time would be to take the easy way out.
Instead, (and I am still learning to adopt this), timelessness is the new incentive to push harder.
In even the most remote, far off places, a path, however unlikely, will lead somewhere.
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