The Only Adventure Quote You Need To Remember
Fun fact: The internet is wrong.
The quote I’m about to introduce you to or remind you (you’re welcome) is, in fact, NOT by Jack Kerouac, as one can read in approximately 7,512,187,492,607,652 websites at the moment. How do I know? Simple; I’ve read everything Jack Kerouac has ever written, including The Dharma Bums, his novel that supposedly has the quote. It doesn’t.
Doesn’t matter though. I don’t care whether it was a great author who said the quote (in any context) or any random John or Jane Doe. Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.
What I care about is that this quote speaks to me. It speaks to my heart, soul, and mind. It makes me want to live. It makes me want more.
I’ve spent tens of hundreds of hours reading about, thinking of, and discussing (with friends, teachers, family, boyfriends) adventure. What it means. And what it costs. And I’ve lived a few (little and big) adventures on my own. Every single one of them was a plus. Cost included.
And, of course, I’ve read/heard plenty of “adventure quotes” during my lifetime; whether in books or in movies or online. I’ve even written down (as “Notes to self”) adventure quotes by inspiring individuals, from Ernest Hemingway and Hellen Keller and T.S. Elliot to Marc Twain and Ian Fleming and Anais Nin (and Richard Branson). Adventure quotes that indeed make almost anyone get off the couch. For a moment. Or for a day. And then go back to binge-watching.
Ok, here it is.
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the times you spent in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”
That’s it. That’s the big lesson. That’s the only thing you need to remember if you don’t want to wake up one day in the middle of your life and realize you feel like a zombie because your life feels… plain blah. The only thing you need to remember to be more alive – to feel less afraid.
In the end, if you’re lucky, you’ll remember three, five, maybe ten truly great, truly exciting times in your lifetime – and they’re all going to be times when you lost your fear, stepped out of your comfort zone, traveled down an unknown path.
In the end, everything else will fade away. It won’t matter. You know it and I know it.
So. Remember this only one quote. And then: Travel more, explore more, experience more, risk more. Do more. Live more.
Climb that goddamn mountain.