Theseus was an ancient Greek hero who went on a journey from his home in the Countryside to Athens to seek his father, and the great city of Athens. Everyone before him had done so by boat via the Saronic Gulf, but Theseus decided to make the journey on foot, regardless of the horrific dangers that awaited him upon his journey.
His tale is one of thousands of ancient Greek myths and legends, yet the ones that we remember are the ones great voyages and journeys.
Odysseus, Perseus, Jason and the Argonauts, the list could go on.
And in all these stories the heroes were the ones who explored, adventured and journeyed. The heroes were the ones who were brave enough to go past the next bend, venture beyond the horizon, and ponder what was up in the stars, no matter the peril of these journeys. As the author André Gide put it;
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
We have been journeying since the dawn of humans, and in this day and age, it can change who we are and make us look at the world in ways we’ve never seen it. On a journey we can see sights we’ve never seen before, eat foods we’ve never eaten before, hear languages we’ve never heard before and discover truths we never knew were there. There are places where you will get lost and you will not want to be found.
And for some there is no escape from the lust of what is ahead, the want to know what is past the bend, beyond the horizon, and up in the stars. We cannot know what is awaiting us tomorrow, we can only be brave and hopeful, for with fear comes reluctance, and if you were to ignore the burning desire to journey, that desire would surely continue to burn until you perished.
As the great poet Sarah Williams wrote, “Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
On these journeys through earth and soul, little is for certain. One thing I know for sure is that I am on the Pursuit of Adventure, and I will find it, or perish trying.