"You see, we were told to never settle. We were told to reach for the stars and then build a rocket to get there. We were told that the weak settle for content lives instead of striving for happy ones. We were told to look for the best and only accept the answer once we know it is the best. We were taught these things by the older generations who now call us crazy for believing those things". -@readunwritten
I have spent the past few weeks playing in the US's National Parks while mine are still hiding under too much snow. My last stop was Rocky Mountain National Park where I wandered around with my head in the clouds hopping from trail to trail until I ended the morning at Dream Lake sitting lakeside chatting with an Australian man in his late 40's about regret(or rather lack thereof). When he was 29 he left his job and with 10k in his bank account spent over a year roaming around Europe. I read the above quote in an article and it struck a familiar place in my soul. And although we may have given it a name, we definitely aren't the first generation to feel this wanderlust. We aren't hopping on ships to cross an ocean in search of land we only half know exists, we aren't blindly packing up our families post-war in search of something more... as North Americans of European descent "we" are the privileged children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of these people. Wandering is in our veins. When I told my Austrian-Canadian mother I wanted to see the world and challenge the status quo she didn't think I was crazy - she envied the space that I had created in my life to do so. I'm building my rocket and never settling because of the work and courage of older generations, not in spite of them."
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