"Beyond a certain point there is no return. This point has to be reached."
"To see the world,
things dangerous to come to,
to see behind walls,
to find each other and to feel.
That is the purpose of life."
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
"If you’re reading this…
Congratulations, you’re alive.
If that’s not something to smile about,
then I don’t know what is."
Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head
You could say I forgot to make a life. Forgot to get a steady job, or belongings, or a family of my own. I forgot to choose somewhere to be. My parents wonder what will become of me, because the way I’ve chosen to live fits no pattern they understand.
But I created my life. If you choose one path you can’t choose another. I’ll never wonder why it would be like to sail across an ocean or move to Europe or just take a year off to chill out. I’ll never doubt myself in a strange land, never be scared of languages or funky rooms. America’s foreign wars won’t seem quite as alien as they might have, because of the places I hitchhiked when I was barely grown. I won’t be cynical about human nature, because strangers have helped me so many times. My ripped suitcase, as it tumbles onto the carousel, is bursting with life.
I followed my wanderlust. It bruised me sometimes, and took me to all kinds of highs. Now that my thirst is slaked, I get to start anew.
Elisabeth Eaves, Wanderlust
General Santos - Davao - Mt. Apo - Davao - Kalibo - Boracay - Puerto Galera - Manila - Mt. Maculot - Manila - Singapore - Malacca - Kuala Lumpur - Taman Negara - Hulu Langat - Kuala Lumpur - Hat Yai - Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Bangkok - Chang Mai - Chang Rai - Chiang Khong - Houayxay - Mekong River - Pakbeng - Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Oudomxay - Luang Namtha - Muang Sing - Luang Prabang - Chang Mai - Bangkok - Manila - Zambales - Bolinao - Baguio - Manila - Kuala Lumpur - Cameron Highlands - Penang - Bangkok - Siem Reap - Phnom Pehn - Ho Chi Minh - Kuala Lumpur - Malacca - Kuala Lumpur - Manila - Baguio - La Union - Baguio - Manila - Baguio - Manila - General Santos - Davao - Dahican - General Santos - Hong Kong - Dongguan - Shenzhen - General Santos - Malita - Digos - General Santos - Davao - Dahican - Davao - Manila - Banaue - Batad - Sagada - Baguio - Manila - Bali
"To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But then, one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy, one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness."
"Last night I wept. I wept because the process by which I have become woman was painful. I wept because I was no longer a child with a child’s blind faith. I wept because my eyes were opened to reality….I wept because I could not believe anymore and I love to believe. I can still love passionately without believing. That means I love humanly. I wept because I have lost my pain and I am not yet accustomed to its absence."
"Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the ‘transcendent’ and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you."
Letters to a Young Contrarian, Christopher Hitchens
"Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough."
"When suddenly you seem to lose all you thought you had gained, do not despair. You must expect setbacks and regressions. Don’t say to yourself ‘All is lost. I have to start all over again.’ This is not true. What you have gained you have gained… When you return to the road, you return to the place where you left it, not to where you started."