Your Pocketbook of Adventure

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Published on: January 15, 2016

No civilization has ever advanced by staying within the confines and comfort of the city walls. No nation has excelled without having some brave souls who ventured into uncharted territories to return home with stories of gandeur and beauty from far-away lands Today, although  all the boundary lines around the world are already drawn in […]

No civilization has ever advanced by staying within the confines and comfort of the city walls. No nation has excelled without having some brave souls who ventured into uncharted territories to return home with stories of gandeur and beauty from far-away lands

Today, although  all the boundary lines around the world are already drawn in and all flags christened and proudly hoisted, don’t we still venture out on our own private adventures charting a course to lands unbeknown to us except what we chance to read in glossy magazines or in musty, dog-eared history books.

At times we travel to see some famous landmark or historical sights. Some other times we travel to experience nature in a way we usually don’t perceive in our daily lives, be it a person from the tropics visiting the snow clad mountains, or a city-dweller retreating to the rainforests.

Go fish and hunt far and wide day by day — farther and wider — and rest thee by many brooks and hearth-sides without misgiving. Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth. Rise free from care before the dawn, and seek adventures. Let the noon find thee by other lakes, and the night overtake thee everywhere at home. There are no larger fields than these, no worthier games than may here be played. Grow wild according to thy nature, like these sedges and brakes, which will never become English bay. Let the thunder rumble; what if it threaten ruin to farmers’ crops? That is not its errand to thee. Take shelter under the cloud, while they flee to carts and sheds. Let not to get a living be thy trade, but thy sport – Henry David Thoreau

Indeed each journey, big or small, short or long does add a new dimension to our thoughts and leaves us with a positive impression that only helps us grow as a person.

The next time you travel, although you may have a specific purpose for travel, do allow your self a certain leeway to drift. Do something unusual, take the path less travelled, befriend a local, attend a local celebration.

Remember that the guide book is just that – A Guide! Shut it and put it at the bottom of your travel bag for a day. Go out on a whim, let your memory be your guide and then navigate your way back. It is escapes such as these which open up the doors for epic adventures and remarkable personal growth.

So what if your adventure is not recognised by anyone but yourself. So what if your journey took you only to your city park where you lied down on the grass and read a paperback for the better part of the day. It may be that your own adventure takes you on a trip across the globe or just across the street to a neighbourhood you never ventured before. As long as you proceeded with a spirit of adventure, an anticipation of discovery and the eagerness to learn, you shall not ever return empty handed.

Go create your own adventures and be the leader of your own expedition!

Love, Live, Explore!

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
“I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.” ― Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. Jawaharlal Nehru
It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure. Ernie Harwell
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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