We are fundamentally free to explore, and exploration is essential for our growth.
We certainly learn from observing others, but, ultimately, we only really learn when we take the matter in our own hands and do it ourselves. It is mostly from the outcomes of our own experiences that we learn and grow, and this requires us to face our fears and take some risks.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great American philosopher, once said that “fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” But he also gave us a prescription to overcome fear; he encouraged us to “do the thing you fear, and death of fear is certain.”
Wonderful things happen to those who do not allow fear to deter them from exploring. As Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
I go back to Mark Twain’s challenge often. It is a constant reminder that I must find the courage to sail away from my safe harbor, and live the big adventures that life has reserved for me.
Life is a great exploration, and the largest territory to explore is the domain of the ideas. For those with inquisitive minds, the exploration never ends; there will always be new ideas, and, consequently, new discoveries to be made.
We can always unlearn something old and learn something new.
I wish you a joyful exploration full of exciting discoveries.