Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
– John Lennon
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
-Charles R. Swindoll
And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
– Mark Twain
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that the stuff life is made of.
-Latin for Seize the Day
Live what you love.
-Bob & Melinda Blanchard
Jump, and a net will appear.
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
The greatest risk of all? Not taking one.
“…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. ”
–Chris McCandless – “Into the Wild”
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
-Henry David Thoreau
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry that I couldn’t travel both
And be one traveler I stood
And looked as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.
Then took the other one just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear
Though as far as the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step and trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence;
Two roads diverged in a woods, and I
I took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference.”
–Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken
“Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open roads
Healthy and free, the world before me.
The long brown path before me leading
wherever I choose.
Henceforth I ask not good fortune,
I myself am good fortune.
Henceforth I whimper no more,
Postpone no more, need clothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries,
Strong and content I travel the open road.”
–Walt Whitman, from: Leaves of Grass