The longest road in the world to walk, is from Cape Town (South Africa) to Magadan (Russia).
No need for planes or boats, there are bridges.
It’s a 22,387 Kilometers and it takes 4,492 hours to travel.
It would be 187 days walking nonstop, or 561 days walking 8 hours a day. Along the route, you pass through 17 countries, six time zones and all seasons of the year.
Different times and different circumstances but something very similar to this happened in real life to me. It’s worth passing on.
Kurt Vonnegut wrote: “When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of “getting to know you” questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject? And I told him, no I don’t play any sports. I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes.
And he went WOW. That’s amazing! And I said, “Oh no, but I’m not any good at ANY of them.”
And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before: “I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them.”
And that honestly changed my life. Because I went from a failure, someone who hadn’t been talented enough at anything to excel, to someone who did things because I enjoyed them. I had been raised in such an achievement-oriented environment, so inundated with the myth of Talent, that I thought it was only worth doing things if you could “Win” at them.”
The world is so much more interesting when you just go for it…
There are some who stand on the shoulders of giants—and offer humble gratitude to those that came before.
There are others who stand on the shoulders of giants, then glibly congratulate themselves for how high they’ve reached—ignoring the toil, the talent, the trailblazing—that undergirds their vantage point.
There are still others who have taken the latter—and transformed into into a political ideology.
I don’t understand WHY it’s this way, but it’s fascinating…