It was Proust who said that the point of any story is to discover who the characters are, or may become, by challenging their abilities, their values, their understanding of the world. This is the only way you can know what any of these things are. This is how you discover who we really are, as people. Going into the unknown is just as much about seeing what’s out there as it is seeing what is within and what really matters.
You find out how far your attributes take you. You discover your strengths and weaknesses. You find out who you really are. You realize who you may become and where you might get if you were just a little better. If you worked just that last bit harder. You get a chance to deepen your character.
Adventure demands just one thing- the only thing we all truly really have, which is our time. We only have so many days, so many hours, so many minutes broken into sixty moments. You trade time for everything. Spending time with family, exercising to invest time for later, and with work, you’re just selling time. Selling time to live isn’t exactly living. This is especially important since none of us are getting out of life alive.
To be alive, you must apply yourself in the present, to recognize and acknowledge the world around you and firmly decide and act upon what you want to do with it. To spend your time living is to do so beyond the means of survival. It is your work that drives you. It is the force that pushes you forward.
Inspiration is your spark. Let it happen. Allow it to ignite you in ways nothing else does or can. Effort is what you do with that spark. Let it consume you. Do every single little thing that the spark tells you to do. Motivation is the minuscule surface friction and microscopic surface tension that maintains your inertia as a driving unstoppable force, eager to succeed, to finish, to burn into the sun. It can’t be about the destination because arrival means brakes, and you have no brakes. You have two legs and a brain just like every other bipedal hominid. It is up to you how you use them. Never stop searching, never stop learning, never stop growing.
After all, It’s not the end of the road, but where the road leads, and beyond.
As Garth Stein wrote in The Art of Racing in the Rain –
“In racing, they say that your car goes where your eyes go. The driver who cannot tear his eyes away from the wall as he spins out of control will meet that wall; the driver who looks down the track as he feels his tires break free will regain control of his vehicle.”
Focus on your road.
Focus on your life.
Don’t stop charging forward.