Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Somebody ought to tell us, right at the start of our lives

After some recent conversations I am more aware how adventure in life is important.  These are some of the thoughts… 

Somebody ought to tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit every minute of every day. Do it, I say, whatever you want to do, do it now.

Michael Landon

One of the shocking realizations of adult life is that most of us are not fulfilling the most closely held dreams of our youth. Instead of pursuing dreams that were once integral parts of our personalities we end up in one way or another fulfilling someone else’s ideas about who and what we should be, usually at the expense of our creative urges. The universal yearning to be creative is eloquently expressed in these words by Antoine de Saint Exupery from Wind,Sand and Stars: “Nobody grasped you by the shoulder while there was still time. Now the clay of which you were  shaped has dried and hardened and naught in you will ever awaken the sleeping musician, the poet, the astronomer that possibly inhabited you in the beginning.

Galen Rowell

There can be no doubt that the young of today have to be protected against certain poisonous effects inherent in present day civilization. Five social diseases surround them, even in early childhood. There is the decline in fitness, due to the modern methods of locomotion; the decline in initiative, due to the widespread disease of spectatoritis; the decline in care and skill, due to the weakened tradition of quality; the decline in self— discipline, due to the ever— present availability of tranquilizers and the stimulants; the decline of compassion, which William Temple called “spiritual death.

Kurt Hahn

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Thanks P.

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