Ever since I landed myself a summer job, the idea of traveling has been a constant thought in my mind. Seeing the world has been one of my life goals ever since I visited France last spring. For people who have never traveled out of the country, I will summarize the experience by saying that seeing other cultures and places first hand will educate you in ways a classroom never could. Now my journal has a huge list of places I must see, a bucket list of sorts.
This quote is the inspiration for me to reach every one of those destinations, but it can apply to any sort of goal you want to achieve this summer and are having a little trouble with motivation.
“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”
- John Krakauer, Into the Wild