“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Based on the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, I recently made a little experiment of my own. The objective was to determine how much of my life I can turn into an adventure. I essentially wanted to determine if I can go out into the world and do something so profound that I will remember it for ages to come. I am happy to report, that I succeeded.
It all started when I decided that I wasn’t going to let anyone or anything bring me down. I was going to step out of the stagnant life I had created and I was going to do more than I had ever done before. Without a second thought, I opened my laptop, took out my credit card, and before you know it, I was ready to have one of the best weeks of my life.
I was excited, ecstatic, giddy, but nervous of what it might bring, the hardships I might face. Despite it all, I did something I never thought I would. I invested in life, I discovered nature, and I came home refreshed. I also walked over 100km in 5 days!
I ate some amazing food, cooked by some amazing chefs (especially my aunt and new friend); I went on a 15km hike all by myself without a single drop of water; I watched the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean; I walked on two different suspension bridges; I saw the beauty of Christmas lights in thick forests and over the cliffs and canyons; and I went on some great hikes and adventures with reconnected friends. To top it all off, I also lost my shoes to the unwavering resolve of cement.
I did all this, and more because I made a promise to myself. Right now, as you read this post, I want you to make that same promise to yourself. No matter your troubles, no matter your worries, no matter how cruel you think life may be, just stop your complaining, your worrying, and explore. Don’t get crushed under the weight of the world, but rise up and see the world from the top. You just might discover, that as difficult and hard as life can be, it is equally as beautiful and benevolent. With every beating, it gives you some chocolates. With every slap, it gives you a kiss.
That is what I learned from my adventure. That is what I want to share with the world. My question to you now is, are you going to take the gauntlet I’m throwing down at you, or are you going to cower in fear? Don’t give up, explore!