There is no reason to ever stop exploring. The ignorant might argue by saying, “everything has already been discovered, so why should I even bother?”
And to that you would chime, “Not so good fellow, just yesterday it was reported that 441 new species of plants and animals were discovered in Amazonia!”
The opportunity to explore and discover new things is available to anyone, and it will never run out. Whether it is uncovering that single curly fry mixed into your french fries or revealing the revolutionary combination of natural ingredients to end balding (fingers crossed), discovery fuels us.
Exploration is meant to push us to our limits, challenge us, and sometimes even break us. It is how we grow. Learn from our youth! Toddlers and babies are great explorers, and willing to take risks; falling off the edge of a sofa just to reach the one Cheerio that got away. This hunger to discover often continues for the next 10-20 years and then…
At some point in life we lose the passion to explore. Sure we like the idea of exploration, but where did our passion go? I believe we suffocate our passion and the ability to take risks by becoming more “responsible.” Being responsible is just another excuse to be lazy! Now, do not misinterpret what I am trying to say. It is very important to become more responsible as we mature especially when trust and credibility are on the line. Nevertheless, one should not use responsibility as an excuse to be idle when Annapurna is calling.
Take calculated risks, but do not become so consumed by the calculations that you fail to act. We never want to find ourselves in a situation where we end up saying it is too late to accomplish something. Because at that moment the statement, “it’s never too late to________ (you fill in the blank),” becomes false.
One of the most real tragedies in life is losing out on an opportunity to explore, because you will never know what you would have discovered on the other side.