Wednesday, July 31, 2013

"A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for."

I've been skimming a book recently and wanted to share this excerpt:
Buddhists believe we live our everyday lives as if inside an eggshell. Just as an unhatched chicken has few clues about what life is truly like, most of us are only vaguely aware of the greater world around us.  "Excitement and depression, fortune and misfortune, pleasure and pain," wrote Dhammapada scholar Eknath Easwaran, "are storms in a tiny, private, shell-bound realm--which we take to be the whole of existence. Yet we can break out of this shell and enter a new world." 
...In leaving behind the routines and assumptions of home--in taking that first resolute step into the world--you'll find yourself entering a much larger and less constrictive paradigm.
You could say I've already taken my first step by moving from "home" to California 2 years ago, but does that really count as "breaking out of the shell"? I think it may be different for different people.  For some, travelling to a neighboring state may be the biggest adventure of their lives, whiles others aren't content after seeing every country in the world.

I think the most important thing is pushing your own boundaries, whatever they may be.  The world (across the state or across the globe) has so much to offer, and we are lucky enough to have a chance to experience it, if we choose to.

One of the biggest regrets I hear from older people is that they didn't travel much (or at all) when they had the chance.  In 20 years, who knows where I'll be, but I can almost guarantee that I'll have more responsibilities than I do now.  So I'm choosing to not make excuses, not ignore those thoughts in the back of my mind, and heed some Mark Twain wisdom:

Until next time, be well everyone.

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