Exploring whatever you want: the woods, your own backyard, the city -you may explore the world, your inner world or the virtual world …really, whatever you want-, is the main subject that has being covered lately here in Frugal Science.
The suggested idea is that simple exploring may be achieved by almost anyone, anywhere by tuning into an “exploring attitude”. But before we plunge deeper into what exactly is an “exploring attitude”, let’s take a look to how can we benefit from it in our daily life.
Be aware that during this discussion we will be focusing on the internal benefits; not so much on the outcomes of exploring.
The obvious most important benefit of exploring are its outcomes. Exploring leads to discoveries (inventions, territories, medicine, knowledge, etc.), some of which have became critical breakthroughs in the history of mankind.
In your own neck of the woods, exploring may lead you to find unexpected opportunities, creative solutions or useful fresh information of all kind. The spectrum is as wide as your potential objectives. We will not be covering that.
The point is that the mere action of starting an exploration of something, independently from the outcome, demands such a change of your will and the way you look at things that you get instant rewards.
So, the primal question is: “Why should we explore?”
We should explore as much as we can for many reasons, and we will be covering many of them (your input will be highly appreciated at this point, thank you), but let’s start with the best answer to that question that I have ever read.
It’s this memorable quote from Mark Twain which I have partially posted in a previous article about exploring (and mentioned it in a couple more), this time at its full extend:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Needless to say, this quote has being highly inspirational to me along my career as a professional explorer.
The term “exploring” may be used in many ways. It may be used as “testing” something we consider valid, or “trying” something completely new to us. In every case, exploring implies both a journey (physical or metaphoric) and learning something new.
It’s a journey because we always have to start by making that initial decision to overcome an internal resistance: the fear of learning something new. Is the same fear referred by Albert Einstein when he talked about the resistance that highly developed spirits often encounter (yes, that resistance is also hiding inside every one of us).
People don’t like to see things differently from what they have been seeing all along (which is interesting because is the natural instinct of exploring which have lead human civilization to its progress).
And is a learning journey because being present is an inevitable condition when you explore, and the things you experience yourself are the lessons you never forget.
So, are you ready to “Sail Forth- Steer for the deep waters only. Reckless O soul, exploring…” –as Walt Whitman would have suggested?
You are? Now, this looks promising…