When your normal, everyday life is getting you down, it could be time for a change.
For me, this was deciding to climb Kilimanjaro, and now saving to travel from one end of the African continent to the other, armed with only a camera and a rucksack…
Adventures can be found everywhere. It could be as small as going for a walk across the fields, along the coast path, or it could be as large as cycling around the world, or climbing Everest.
Inspiration can be found in the most unlikely of places, but the world is full of wonderful things, places and people – Some are closer than you think!
We all need a little inspiration from time to time, and I find these quotes to be those that help me most.
Maybe they’ll inspire a great adventure in you as well, and if there are any others that you love, let me know!
1. There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing – Sir Ranulph Fiennes
2. Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb. – Greg Child
3. The journey, not the arrival, matters – T.S. Eliot
4. In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous – Aristotle
5. One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure — William Feather
6. Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory – Ed Viesturs
7. Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain – Richard Nixon
8. It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B. It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way – Cheryl Strayed
9. You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way – Dr Seuss
10. Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilised people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity – John Muir
11. Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits — Cindy Ross
12. It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves – Sir Edmund Hillary
13. May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds – Edward Abbey
14. No man steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man – Heraclitus
15. There are two kinds of climbers, those who climb because their heart sings when they’re in the mountains, and all the rest – Alex Lowe
16. Somebody ought to tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit every minute of every day. Do it, I say, whatever you want to do, do it now – Michael Landon
17. It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to – J.R.R. Tolkien
18. A man does not climb a mountain without bringing some of it away with him, and leaving something of himself upon it – Sir Martin Conway
19. Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life – John Amatt
20. I will come again and conquer you, because as a mountain you cannot grow, but as a human I can – Sir Edmund Hillary
21. Adventure should be 80% ‘I think this is manageable,’ but it’s good to have that last 20% where you’re right outside your comfort zone. Still safe, but outside your comfort zone – Bear Grylls
22. All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them – Walt Disney
23. An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered – G.K. Chesterton
24. Change is good – Rafiki
25. It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves – Andre Gide
26. The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience – Eleanor Roosevelt
27. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step – Lao Tzu
28. Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing – Anon
29. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover – Mark Twain
30. The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it – W.M. Lewis