Leave the house.

Zach recently emailed me this amazing and inspiring TED Talk from explorer Ben Saunders. His ten minute talk shares explores the value in spending time outside – in exploring, stepping outside of our comfort zones. The real takeaway is why it’s important and wonderful to be a doer of life, rather than an observer. When’s the last time you simply took time to EXPLORE?

Without giving it away too much, here’s a few favorite lines from the TED Talk – I definitely recommend watching the whole thing! xx

What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy, and joy, after all, is the end of life. We don’t live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means, and that is what life is for.

And it seems to me, therefore, that the doing, you know, to try to experience, to engage, to endeavor, rather than to watch and to wonder, that’s where the real meat of life is to be found, the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days.

And yet, if I’ve learned anything in nearly 12 years now of dragging heavy things around cold places, it is that true, real inspiration and growth only comes from adversity and from challenge, from stepping away from what’s comfortable and familiar and stepping out into the unknown. In life, we all have tempests to ride and poles to walk to, and I think metaphorically speaking, at least, we could all benefit from getting outside the house a little more often, if only we could sum up the courage. I certainly would implore you to open the door just a little bit and take a look at what’s outside.

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