I’ve never been big on philosophy-type blog posts, the kind that involve deep thinking about what motivates people to travel. A lot of people are into the philosophy of travel, and that’s awesome; it’s just not my thing. I have no interest in psychoanalyzing my desire to see the world. I don’t feel a need to connect with my innermost spirit, or any of that stuff.
That said, I do enjoy carpe diem, “seize the day”-style motivational quotes. Not long ago, Ending the Grind posted a list of the 50 Best “Live Life to the Fullest” quotes.
It’s a fun read. So I’d like to add mine to the list. I have two that have motivated me for years:
“Move beyond your comfort zone.”
“If it doesn’t matter in five years, it doesn’t matter.”
I won’t reveal the sources of these quotes until the end, because you’ll almost certainly laugh.
Putting the motivational quotes into action
The quotes provide a gentle kick in the butt if you’re a little reluctant to take a chance and do something, whether travel-related or not.
The “five years” quote is particularly useful, because when you ask yourself the question, “Will this matter in five years?,” more than 99% of the time, the answer is no. Will riding in the World Naked Bike Ride matter five years from now? Nope. Will singing karaoke tonight and embarrassing myself still matter five years from now? No way. Will blowing off work for a day to go to Six Flags matter in five years? Nope! So just do it!
With these quotes in mind, it’s easy to push yourself and try to live life to the fullest. I can’t say I always embrace these quotes all the time. I’m not as fully self-actualized as I would like to be. But I’m moving in that direction, and that’s what’s important.
And now, the sources of the inspirational quotes
“Move beyond your comfort zone” actually came from the back of a classmate’s shirt when I was a student at Penn State. I think it was a PSU volleyball t-shirt. It must have been the team motto. I liked the slogan and stole it.
And “If it doesn’t matter in five years…” came from none other than Cher. I used to teach a course on the history of rock & roll, and when I was putting together a list of interesting musician quotes I came across that one. It resonated with me. I love people who are able to provide a good example of living life with no regrets.
Proof that inspiration can come from unlikely sources!
Do you have a favorite inspiring quote?