Thus, the question of how and when to start vagabonding is not really a question at all. Vagabonding starts now. Even if the practical reality of travel is still months or years away, vagabonding begins the moment you stop making excuses, start saving money, and begin to look at maps with the narcotic tingle of possibility. From here, the reality of vagabonding comes into sharper focus as you adjust your worldview and begin to embrace the exhilarating uncertainty that true travel promises.
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel // Rolf Potts
The civilized man is a more experienced and wiser savage.
Walden // Henry David Thoreau
Anxiety is love’s greatest killer.
It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you.
You want to save him, but you know
he will strangle you with his panic.
// Anais Nin
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
// Charles Dickens
the courage it took to get out of bed each
to face the same things
over and over
// Charles Bukowski
Never let the future disturb you.
You will meet it, if you have to,
with the same weapons of reason
which today arm you against the present.
Meditations // Marcus Aurelius
The best way to travel, after all, is to feel,
to feel everything in every way,
to feel everything excessively,
because all things are, in truth, excessive
and all reality is an excess,
a violence, an extraordinarily vivid hallucination.
// Fernando Pessoa
People have a hard time letting go of their suffering.
Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.
// Thich Nhat Hanh
Most people don’t grow up. Most people age.
They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards,
get married, have children, and call that maturity.
What that is, is aging.
// Maya Angelou
Understand, people will constantly attack you in life.
One of their main weapons will be to instill in you doubts about yourself –
your worth, your abilities, your potential.
They will often disguise this as their objective opinion,
but invariably it has a political purpose – they want to keep you down.
The 50th Law // Robert Greene