“I just want to travel.”

 

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Believe me, who doesn’t. Seeing the world is at the top of the list for all of us.

The smartest people I’ve ever met have all traveled the world. They get to see, hear, and taste its diversity as well as its sameness. The world can be so flat yet still so unequal.

If you can travel, travel. But avoid getting caught up in the theory that travel holds all life’s answers. Embrace what you have, and explore the fascination of life that already surrounds you.

“It is impossible to travel faster than light, and certainly not desirable, as one’s hat keeps blowing off.” – Woody Allen


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For an urban walker like me, New York has become that rarity among American cities, where you can pick two points on a map and walk between them, without researching what areas lie in between. It is a remarkable, freeing thing.

Anand Giridharadas

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Curiousity

Aaron Swartz, in an interview email with Ronald Lemos, Creative Commons Brazil:  

When I was a kid, I thought a lot about what made me different from the other kids. I don’t think I was smarter than them and I certainly wasn’t more talented. And I definitely can’t claim I was a harder worker — I’ve never worked particularly hard, I’ve always just tried doing things I find fun. Instead, what I concluded was that I was more curious — but not because I had been born that way. If you watch little kids, they are intensely curious, always exploring and trying to figure out how things work. The problem is that school drives all that curiosity out. Instead of letting you explore things for yourself, it tells you that you have to read these particular books and answer these particular questions. And if you try to do something else instead, you’ll get in trouble. Very few people’s curiosity can survive that. But, due to some accident, mine did. I kept being curious and just followed my curiosity.


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A house filled with books is a good place to live.

— Seth Godin

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