Doing Things That Make You Feel Alive

What is it about danger that excites and delights?

For most people, the fact of the matter is that climbing Everest is not considered a real option, despite the fact that its possibly one of the most incredible accomplishments accessible to a person of average ability. Why is that? Aside from the time and money, its the danger involved. Even the slight risk of death makes most things off the table for the average person.

And yet, people put their lives at risk every single day. When they get into the car, when they walk on the sidewalk, when they breath in a lungful of polluted city air. Yet, when I go on a quest to drive the 10 most dangerous roads in the world, or visit some of the most volatile destinations on the planet, or scale an active volcano, then all of a sudden the danger becomes too real.

I want to do things that other people are too afraid to do. I want to see cool things that have been around for centuries – I want to hike the inca trail to Machu Picchu, I want to say a prayer by the Stonehenge. The cool thing about dreams is that that they’re uniquely yours, and no one can keep you from having them.

Of course, if you just lay in bed and sleep all the time, then having dreams doesn’t matter. It’s whether you actually go after and chase them, that’s a different story altogether. We all die, but most of us never really, truly live.

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