THE BLOG

The Journey

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Part of what I like about adventures is the challenge for the sake of the challenge.

I like the logistics. I like trying to figure out flight schedules to Papua New Guinea. I don't always like getting stuck in random places, but I like finding my way out.

Those of you out there with big goals of your own -- think about the journey. If you know you can enjoy it for what it is, without any other reward, you know you're on the right track.

Mary Oliver knows how this works; read her encouragement for fellow wanderers below.

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The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice--
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do--
determined to save
the only life you could save.

~Mary Oliver

Here's wishing you all a great week from the road. I'm en route between the Americas and Europe, and will report in whenever I'm able.

Good luck with your own journey (not that you need luck).

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