“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” -The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
I remember the first time I played The Legend of Zelda for Nintendo.
Your character is just a little kid, dropped in a big scary world, with no instruction. You see a cave, and an old man says, “It’s dangerous to go alone. Take this.” You are handed a sword, and thus begins your adventure. You go on to climb mountains, cross seas, explore caves, conquer dungeons, and save the world.
Link taught us that the world is out there to explore. Yes, it’s dangerous, and nobody’s going to hold your hand the entire time…but epic adventure awaits.
And isn’t that what our parents taught us as well? We’re encouraged to go anywhere and do anything we set our minds to. We dream of seeing far off lands, going on amazing adventures, and becoming something like an astronaut.
And then we grow up.
We set this idea of adventure aside until “things get less busy,” “when I can afford it,” or “when the timing is right.” We quietly brush aside this desire for our adventure, watch movies that take place in exotic locations, and get lost in books about heroic characters that save the day.
Well children, today you are planning your adventure. Whether on the far side of the globe or the far side of your town – the world awaits.