“You really should 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 conservatism, 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.”

Alexander Supertramp, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Reason #10 to Keep Living: Adventures


I have been wanting to write on adventures ever since I began the Reasons to Keep Living blog series, but a current photo didn’t arise until yesterday. Adventures, like the blog series itself, can be both big and small, simple and complex, and they differ from “travel” — which I wrote on two weeks ago — in that you don’t have to go anywhere to have an adventure; at least, you don’t have to go far.  Continue reading