“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” These words were uttered from the mouth of an artist, a poet, an author and a traveler. These words were uttered from the mouth of Jack Kerouac. Many know him or at least know of him, and the main things that they know about Mr. Kerouac is the fact that he was an alcoholic, traveled and told others what he believed. But he was much more than that. He was the artist that got lost at one point or another, he was the artist that resorted to alcohol and died at a young age, he was the artist that captured the hearts and minds of those who share like minded views and on top of that with those who were creative. Jack Kerouac was the man who started the whole Beatnik scene, you know that group of people who are portrayed in movies as wearing all black outfits, smoking, at poetry slams sharing their angst against the world. He was also the man who got people to finally stand up for what they believed in, told others that it was better to follow their passions while living in this insane world.
At the very beginning of this article it started with a quote by Jack Kerouac, and if you think about it what he said was true. You will never remember all the days that you spent at your desk filing things back into where they belonged, you will never remember the excel spreadsheets that graced your desktop, and you certainly never will remember the chores you had done on a specific date of a specific month during a specific year. However, you will remember the roads that you traveled to get from Los Angeles to Alaska, or that one trip that you took where you lived out of your van and you camped out in the middle of nowhere, or the trip where you went to the beach for the very first time in your life. Those are the memories that you will be holding onto. Those are the memories that will forever live on in your mind when you have reached the golden age of 90 years old. Those are the memories that you need to be making right now.
Spontaneous road trips, hiking in the mountains, rafting down the rumbling river, or running with the wild horses are more important than sitting at your desk at your 9 to 5 job. Writing a novel, photographing the aura borealis, learning to cook from the locals in a new country is not runner up to answering phone calls at a switchboard, no, it is number one. Instead of just daydreaming about doing something, no matter what it is, you need to get out there and do it. Go to that country that you’ve always wanted to go to, go on a spontaneous road trip over the weekend and just head to a new state that you’ve never even been to, cross of some things from your bucket list that you have hidden away in the back of your desk or in a shoebox in your closet. Stop saying “I wish” and “One day”, no, go do it now. Keep having those dreams, keep adding new places to go or new things to do on that list of yours and once you’ve done it then cross it off and write something new again. Life is about experiencing new things, it is about meeting new people, going to new places, and gaining experiences and memories along the way. Life is not about just working a job just to pay bills, it is more than that, and you need to realize it.