I came across this video a couple of days ago, bookmarked it and just got around to it. I know this video has been making it’s rounds as well, so maybe you’ve already seen it. It’s a great TEDtalk by polar explorer, Ben Saunders titled, Why bother leaving the house?

While the whole 10 minutes is certainly worth the time to tune in, two things he said absolutely popped out to me and I felt that they needed to be shared.

“And it seems to me therefore that the doing, you know, to try, to experience, to engage, to endeavor rather than to watch and to wonder. That’s where the real meat of life is to be found. The juice that we can suck out of hours and days.”


“Yet if I’ve learned anything in nearly 12 years now of dragging heavy things around cold places, it is that true, real inspiration and growth only comes from adversity and from challenge. From stepping away from what’s comfortable and familiar, and stepping out into the unknown.”

His ideas, very similar to Neale Donald Walsh and mine, is that you aren’t living until you’re just outside of your comfort zone and trying something new. For me, many of those experiences are outside; bagging that peak that I thought was out of reach or sleeping under the stars counting all those that zip by. Regardless of where your comfort zone lies, experiencing the outdoors can be a positive experience for anyone.

It’s time to get outside! But wait, watch this first!

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What do you think of Saunder’s TEDtalk? Where do you find the real meat of your life?