“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

The World According to Woody Allen

“It’s the therapy of moviemaking that has been good in my life. If you don’t work, it’s unhealthy – for me, particularly unhealthy. I could sit here suffering from morbid introspection, ruing my mortality, being anxious. But it’s very therapeutic to get up and think, Can I get this actor; does my third act work? All these solvable problems that are delightful puzzles, as opposed to the great puzzles of life that are unsolvable, or that have very bad solutions.” – Woody Allen

Stay busy.

Sustained Life/Creative Life

There are two groups of people. Those that work just to sustain life, to eat, to provide, and to entertain. Then there’s people that work to leave an imprint on the world and still do all the above.

Life basically offers the choice of being a cog or an artist.

The cog makes valuable contributions to work, society, family, but doesn’t leave anything remarkable behind them for people to remember. The artist molds permanence beyond death through expression and risk.

For the artist, the moment is just too important. Even though they could make stuff forever, their timing is limited.

“I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it by not dying.” —Woody Allen

Art endures whether or not that’s enough incentive to create.