“One always begins to forgive a place as soon as it’s left behind.”

— Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit, Share via Whatsapp

“Life is beautiful if you are on the road to somewhere”

— Orhan Pamuk, The New Life, Share via Whatsapp

“Besides, if it was the wrong choice, what difference was one more bad decision going to make?”

— S.A. Tawks, Mule, Share via Whatsapp

“The farther you go, however, the harder it is to return. The world has many edges, and it s easy to fall off.”

— Anderson Cooper, Share via Whatsapp

“You must know where you are going, to find out how to get there.”

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Share via Whatsapp

“Wherever you go, go with the wholeness of your heart.”

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Share via Whatsapp

“WHAT I HAVE LEARNED SO FAR Doctors told me I would die within six months. That was two years ago. I decided, in spite of the doctors’ opinions, that traveling around the world would be more fun than dancing with The Reaper. Tough times are the constant companion of a 70-year old with arthritis, degenerative spinal disease, and a liver cancer diagnosis—but so are blessings and miracles. This trip has, so far, brought me almost exactly half way around the world from where I started. It has been great fun, adventure, experience, and offered wonderful insights into different cultures. But it hasn t taught me much about humanity that I didn t already know. It has confirmed a lot that I already suspected. People everywhere and anywhere are a lot more similar than different. Most are trying to be decent and happy, but all have different definitions of what “decent” and “happy” mean. There are a small number of seriously self-centered jackasses, but even they are also just hunting happiness in their own warped fashion. The nice people can be awfully cruel at times. Cruel people are occasionally nice. No one gets out alive but most folks act as if death only happens to other people. There is very little real consciousness of mortality going on. Actually, there is precious little consciousness going on at all. Folks seem to do a lot of life habitually and without any deep awareness of their thoughts or actions. Very few realize how many choices they have. Many folks seem busier strangling life s opportunities with irrelevant and often inaccurate historical misinformation than are actually taking advantage of those opportunities. They don’t realize that a lot of what is called tradition turns out to be no more than peer pressure from dead people, and that it lacks any valuable or even real substance. They seem swept away by the current of life, like a body trapped in the current of a wide river. They don t realize that there are banks on both sides of any river that we can swim to, climb ashore, and find golden new possibilities waiting for us. *continued at”

— Doug Ten Rose, Share via Whatsapp