Why we seek adventure...
Have you ever tried explaining your love of the mountains to someone that has never been there before? If you are anything like me you may agree that it borders on the impossible. Words never quite do justice in explaining why we love the sense of adventure that much. No matter how hard we try, our words never quite seem to match up to that inner feeling we all experience.
I came across this time-lapse video today where a poet managed to explain in words the very emotions and reasons in a way I never thought possible. Please do take the time to watch it, it is out of this world!!!
Meager into the Might
Richard Hunt wrote: @ supertramp: Great time lapse video! I have been checking out John Muir quotes and this one stood out for me today "Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home, that wilderness is a necessity......John Muir"
Couldn't agree with you more Richard. Another favorite John Muir quote of mine: " Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action..."
I think we seek adventure because that's essentially what we require and what we are. We are not meant to drive cars, or sit in air-conditioned offices or be surrounded by thousands of people each day. The internet, cell phones, Whatsapp, Facebook, all popping up on our screens or making little noises that disrupt and constantly sit in our pockets. Yes, this is our reality, and yes it's only going to get more and more but a hundred years ago we certainly didn't live the way we do now. Roll back a few more hundred, even thousand years and you remember we did live in caves, grass huts and hunted animals. Our "progression" has been incredibly rapid in the grander scheme of things and whilst normal people may be quite satisfied with their lives, the people on this forum probably feel like something is missing, or perhaps they need an escape. I don't speak for everyone but certainly I cast myself into that category. I hate noisy restaurants and malls, too many people irritate me, traffic is something I try my utmost to avoid, but all these things I must learn to live with even though I struggle. I spent the last 10 years sitting in an office staring out the window (which wasn't always the case - no window!) wishing I was outside. How can it be that we're supposed to waste our lives away 5 days a week? So when someone asks me why I seek adventure I don't really even want to reply. If they're happy with their life and content to go to work, then watch television, talk about ball sports and have a braai and sink a bottle of brandy on the weekend - good for them. I don't own a television, it's bad enough I have a fast internet connection. To me, I do need that escape and it requires no justification apart from the fact that it makes me a better person. I feel calmer, more relaxed, happier. It's that simple.
I read a saying once and recall the authors name was Steiner "Ibsen" Willemse, something like that. "How could I know that the days that passed along was life itself"
I think that quote made me resign from at least two jobs...
For some interesting reading on the way your brain works, I would recommend the following two books: The Restful Mind by Gyalwa Dokhampa His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche, and a Calm Brain by Gayatri Devi.