Over the last few weeks I’ve head deep in the works of David Cain and his blog, Raptitude. His post “88 Important Truths” touches on a ton of great areas, and is worth two or three read throughs. A couple of his truths that relate to the how and why I travel:
- #32 – The greatest innovation in the history of humankind is language. Enough Said.
- #40 – Whoever you are, you will die. To know and understand that means you are alive. Some of my most memorable travel experiences may have been “dangerous”, but often times dangerous really just means outside my comfort zone. Spending too much time trying to prevent the bad from happening means there’s not enough time for the good to find its way to you.
- #48 – Even if it costs no money, nothing is free if it takes time. Life is too short to spend your time doing anything other than doing the things that make you happy.
- #70 – Nothing — ever — happens exactly like you pictured it. Travel means you actually went there and experienced it, don’t bother trying to fit your adventures to the picture you’ve painted them to be before leaving.
- #51 – “Gut feeling” is not just a euphemism. Tension in the abdomen speaks volumes about how you truly feel about something, beyond all arguments and rationales. My gut is correct 99% more than my brain is, trusting it makes for more time experiencing and less time planning/analyzing.