Collect moments, provoke thought

 

 Joy and dreams don't have to wait for the weekend. Spreadsheets, emails, big paychecks. Not for me. The latter would be nice, but I'm trading in big figures for a big expanse. For back roads that go on forever. For huffing up steep switchbacks. For getting to the base of a sheer cliff and climbing it. For meeting a raven at the top and hearing the deep woosh of its wings as it flies off. For touching earth more frequently than touching a keyboard. For those soft, cool mornings in the desert as the stars quietly fade. I want my life to be full of trying hard. To be full of wonder. Not wondering. I want to have the time of my life. Right now. I want to drink beer and enjoy the view with my heroes, my friends. I want to devote myself entirely to what I love. I want to dare myself. I want to go forward unapologetically. I don't want to ask anyone for permission. I seek pure pursuits - getting drained by a climb that picks on my weaknesses. Being humbled. Learning lessons three times over. Feeling crushed and then pushing through it. Staring out across canyons and feeling small. Breathing in giant bellyfulls of air in the depths of an old growth forest. No matter what crag I hang from, or bend I round, one thing is clear: it is through the unknown that I find myself. It is where I go to get empty and fill myself up, all at the same time.

 


"Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.” 
― Terry Tempest Williams

 
 

“...do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.” 
― Edward Abbey