Insatiably Curious

Category: Inspiration (Page 1 of 2)

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
— Maya Angelou

Leave Something Good Behind

Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.

– Anthony Bourdain

Why bother leaving the house?

In this inspirational TED Talk, adventurer and explorer Ben Saunders motivates us to get outside more. Not because it’s always comfortable, pleasant, and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is, “the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days.”

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure.
~ Freya Stark, Explorer (January 31, 1893 – May 9, 1993)

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

… taking the long way home through the market I slow my pace down. It doesn’t come naturally. My legs are programmed to trot briskly and my arms to pump up and down like pistons, but I force myself to stroll past the stalls and pavement cafes. To enjoy just being somewhere, rather than rushing from somewhere, to somewhere. Inhaling deep lungfuls of air, instead of my usual shallow breaths. I take a moment to just stop and look around me. And smile to myself. For the first time in a long time, I can, quite literally, smell the coffee.

~ Alexandra Potter, The Two Lives of Miss Charlotte Merryweather

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.

~ Miriam Beard

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