Explore, Dream, Discover: Advice from Mark Twain on How to Live your Life; Response to a Challenge & Pass it on!

Author Mark Twain

Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Mark Twain (1835-1910) | Source

Chosen Quote

'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover' - Mark Twain

The Challenge

Ages ago Jo Goldsmith issued a challenge in her hub "My Favorite Quote Essay Challenge". I took notes on it for future reference, then it got lost in the file pile! I've just uncovered it, dusted it off and here it is. Sorry for the delay, Jo. Perhaps you can give me the correct link to your original hub?

This was the challenge:

The goal is to

1. Identify an historical person who has quoted something profound that you can relate to.

2. Explain why you chose the quote you selected.

3. Say how the famous quote you selected allowed you to grow in your life.

4. Use the format of an Essay approach.

As my chosen quote has not actually affected the way I’ve grown in my life, I’m ignoring no.3. However, I can indeed relate to the above quote from Mark Twain and will explain why.


Learning the Piano

You want me to play this piano now?  Aren't I a bit young?
You want me to play this piano now? Aren't I a bit young? | Source

Things I Didn't Do

We can all regret certain things we did do, be disappointed with our actions and reactions, disappointed with results of exams or with the direction our lives sometimes took. What about the things I didn’t do?

How many of us say, ‘Oh, I wish I’d done that!’, either when referring to ourselves or talking about someone else’s actions or achievements?

I didn’t take Art ‘O’ level (now called GCSE), I didn’t persevere with my piano lessons, nor my German lessons, I didn’t keep going when teaching became stressful, when I was too naive. So many things I could cite here but what’s the point?

Regret, disappointment, wishing to relive the past, it’s all nonsense because we can’t go back, we can’t undo parts of our lives. We can say, ‘I'm sorry’ if we hurt someone, and move on. Above all we can learn from our mistakes, learn from what we did or what we omitted to do and step up to a higher level. I've done something about the Art but the piano and the German remain untended!

So many of us need to ‘go for it’, to take risks, to push ourselves beyond the boundaries to the utmost challenges we can face.

In short, we need to follow Mark Twain’s advice.


Cast Off

Cast Off.......
Cast Off....... | Source
.....and Set Sail!
.....and Set Sail! | Source
Follow those horizons!  (The English Channel, off the South Coast of England, Brighton, Sussex)
Follow those horizons! (The English Channel, off the South Coast of England, Brighton, Sussex) | Source

Throw off the bow-lines

My mother’s side of the family included many sea-faring folk, mostly to do with the navy, so casting off or even casting adrift is quite appealing to me. I love boats, am much happier in a ship than in a plane and I adore being on and by the sea (though not in it!). I grew up by the sea, on the south coast of England; the sea is in my blood.

Figuratively speaking, casting off would imply that we let go, we release ourselves from the ties that bind us, the ties that we grew up with. It implies that we go it alone, fend for ourselves; we follow a path which demands us to think, act and take responsibility for everything we do, good or bad.

I’m not saying we should cut ourselves off from our families, only that we should have the courage to be independent, to fly the nest and see what paths exist in the wide, wild world.

Available for the taking is a sense of freedom, a sense of adventure, a sense of risk, to feel our nerve-ends tingling, the hairs on the back of our necks standing to attention.


Out to the Swell of the Sea

Dark clouds of the Impending Storm
Dark clouds of the Impending Storm | Source

Sail away from safe harbour

Having cast off from all we know, from our safe haven, we sail away and find out what the choppy waters have to offer.

A safe harbour is just that - safe. It isn’t exciting, it isn’t challenging, it isn’t exhilarating. It’s cosy, warm, away from the rude winds and the buffeting rollers. It offers sanctuary in its arms, calm waters inshore from the ruffling crests and rising swell.

The ruffling crests give us a reason to react, to overcome them, to dispel them in a way that is satisfying, that increases experience, that better prepares us for the next battle. For life is a battle; we fight and we either fail or we overcome. I’m not talking about fighting another person; many of the demons, many of the antagonists, come from within. We fight those demons, we rise above our former selves, we become stronger and, I believe, wiser.

The swell, rising glossy and threatening from the deep, presents a different dilemma. It’s beneath the surface. It doesn’t toss and turn, dip and rise. It drags in the dark, it squirms beneath, it moves in mystery, murkiness and malice. It is strong, slow and slippery. It is insidious. It can drag us down, throttle us and suffocate us to extinction.

We have to deal with our darkest thoughts which swell up and can take control if we let them. Without control, how do we keep our language or our actions in check? How can we earn respect? Why should anyone take heed?

With experience out of our comfort zone, out of our ‘safe harbour’, we can learn how to deal with the niggling ruffles and the dangerous swells.


Sailing Ships of Old

A Sailing Cargo Ship in Bridgwater Docks, Somerset - They sailed the seas & braved the swells.
A Sailing Cargo Ship in Bridgwater Docks, Somerset - They sailed the seas & braved the swells.

Catch the trade winds in your sails

Ever been in a little sailing boat? Ever waited for the wind to catch the sail, for when the cloth billows out like a puffed cheek, for the boat to lurch into an exciting roller-coaster? If you have, you’ll know that the first time you feel it you could ride for ever on that wave, in that breeze, to the ends of the earth, to search for treasure, for new lands, for adventure. You could ride on the trade winds towards new horizons, on the heels of the unknown.

The unknown in our lives can be daunting, frightening - if you wish it to be. On the other hand, it can be an incentive to explore. Maybe a foreign clime intices you but you don’t actually have to go anywhere. You could explore new feelings, new questions, new challenges to your beliefs, new emotions to test your senses, test your intellect, test your resilience.

Wind can be unsettling. A teacher knows that on a windy day the pupils are often more difficult to contain, their concentration wanders more easily, they are restless. The wind disturbs your hair, at least ruffles it, and throws long tresses all over the place, making it unruly, making us annoyed because it won’t stay put. It can also dump us in the doldrums.

Conversely, it might give us a sense of fun which makes us daring, foolhardy, even mischievous. It can lead to a freedom of spirit which in itself is invigorating and empowering. Make the most of that feeling; go with it! Where will it take you? What will it offer you? Where will you go? Who will you meet?

Catch those winds, dance on them, follow the whirling, swirling currents until they place you lightly on a beach or roughly on the rocks. The sand can be deep, the rocks can be strong. Never take anything for granted!


What Will You Find?

Uncover the Secrets of this Ruin
Uncover the Secrets of this Ruin | Source
What do you know about your neighbour?
What do you know about your neighbour? | Source

Explore

We don’t have to travel for miles to explore. We don’t have to go to the ends of the earth, to the jungle, down the Amazon, up Everest, across deserts.

Explore yourself, your wishes, your interests, your desires, your ambitions. Explore your emotions. Explore your daily life. Explore your own environment.

What do you see within you? What do you see around you? What do you see in front of your eyes? What do you see on the horizon?

A touch, a glance, a click of a camera, a step, a stride, a jump or a fall; all of these are exploration.

Explore your relationships. In fact, make it a daily task to find out something new about yourself, about someone else, about your surroundings. You’ll be surprised how much you don’t know and, what’s more, you’ll be surprised how much you find out, how much more you notice when you decide to explore.

Are you aware of your child’s worse fear? Do you know why your neighbour never invites anyone in? What’s your best friend’s favourite colour?


Where will you go?

Follow that road!
Follow that road! | Source

Dream

Our dreams when we sleep sometimes reveal thoughts and wishes from our inner soul. Dreams when awake, daydreams if you like, are something many think won’t happen, just pie in the sky. Any dream which we wish would come true is worth pursuing, no matter how outlandish it may seem.

If we don’t chase our dreams, what are we worth? If we aspire to something, what are we if we don’t try? Even if success is elusive, does it matter? It’s the chasing of that dream that can take us along a road with forks, u-turns and dead-ends, each one teaching us a lesson, each one having a value of its own. The trick is recognising that value. The bonus is having the dream come true. Then the next dream is in line, waiting to be picked out and taken to its destination.


Discover

By casting off, by leaving our safe harbour, by catching the wind in our sails, we give ourselves the opportunity to discover different paths, opportunities and choices. We discover that the world can offer us so much. Most of all we discover that we are in charge of our own destiny. Our dreams, our choices, our actions and reactions shape our lives.

Discover what’s over that horizon and the next and the next; your journey will continue as long as you like, exploring paths you never even dreamed of.


Go there! Weave your Words! Draw your Dreams!

Go for it!
Go for it! | Source

For the Writer?

From a writer’s point of view, we should push our boundaries, explore different styles, dig out new words and phrases, go outside our comfort zone. We should dream of making a difference, helping, educating, informing. We should discover what we have in the depth of our souls, light or dark, and attempt to divulge it to the world. We should strive to become better wordsmiths as we weave our words in and out of life’s cloth.

Will you sit at home wondering what if…? Will you think ‘I’m not brave enough to do that’? Will you stay within your boundaries, make do with your ‘lot’?

Maybe you will; or maybe you’ll take a deep breath, count to ten and step out of those bonds. Maybe you’ll turn your back on that safe harbour, go with the wind that fills your sails. You have a world of senses to discover and experience.

Explore! Dream! Discover!


Copyright annart/AFC 2015 (text and personal photos)


Mark Twain 1835-1910

An adventurer and an intellectual, from Hannibal, Missouri, Samuel Langhorne Clemens wrote under the pen name of Mark Twain and was one of the premier writers of late 19th century America. He wrote several novels and based his fictional works "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" on his hometown. Life on the Mississippi River influenced his stories; he witnessed steamboats arriving, circuses and minstrel shows. His town had a library, tradesmen such as blacksmiths and tanners and much more, to enthral, to be observed and to provide the basis for tales and adventure.

Samuel Clemens had wit and a sharp eye for the truth. He was also a riverboat pilot, journalist, lecturer, entrepreneur and inventor. As Mark Twain he became a national treasure. He died on 21st April 1910 in Redding, Connecticut.


The Moon, the Stars, the Universe.........

The Man in the Moon
The Man in the Moon | Source

Create a Hub from a Quote!

I almost chose a quote from Oscar Wilde, one of the most witty and observant writers of all time, though also a rebel and wildly controversial. Maybe those things go hand in hand, do you think?

So I’m putting forward the following quotes in case you would like to rise to the challenge and create a hub from one of them:

“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” - Oscar Wilde

“To define is to limit.” - Oscar Wilde

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” - Oscar Wilde

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” - Oscar Wilde


What are Trade Winds?

geography.about.com states that ‘Solar radiation warms the air over the equator, causing it to rise. The rising air then proceeds south and north toward the poles. From approximately 20 degrees to 30 degrees North and South latitude, the air sinks. Then, the air flows along the surface of the earth back toward the equator.’


What are the Doldrums?

‘Sailors noticed the stillness of the rising (and not blowing) air near the equator and gave the region the depressing name “doldrums”.’

If you’re ‘down in the doldrums’ you don’t know what to do, you have no incentive, you’re lost and depressed. There is no action, no fresh air and no reason, apparently, to change the situation. Hopefully, that never happens to you; if it does, give yourself a dig in the ribs, get off your back-side and off you go!


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annart 4 months ago from SW England Author

We all have our limits, Alun; I wouldn't like that either!

Ann :)


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 months ago from Essex, UK

Re-my poster with that quote. It was a poster of a rock climber on top of a cliff face looking out over the surrounding countryside, Ann. Very inspiring.

Mind you, regrets or not, I don't like heights so I still wouldn't do something like that!! :)


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annart 4 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Alun, for your input and those valuable points. What if, indeed. You also make a valid point about not being reckless; adventurous yes, with calculated risks!

Interesting that you had this quote on your wall! Thanks for your support; I appreciate your visits.

Ann


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 months ago from Essex, UK

Ann, I'm not sure how I haven't seen or commented on this hub before - I should have, because we have something in common. I too like that quote of Mark Twain's. In fact, I can honestly say that it is my favourite quote of all - I once had a poster with those words on the wall in my bedroom.

I've always been introverted, lacking self-confidence and lacking motivation, putting off tackling things which were daunting or adventurous, preferring the easy quiet life in front of the TV. The result is that I certainly haven't lived my life by Twain's quote, but I wish that I had.

The difference between things that you do and things that you don't, is that the things that you do will always be a valuable experience. Even if a bold venture turns out badly, you will have gained experience from it, and you will at least have the satisfaction of knowing that you've tried. But if you don't try, then your life can be filled with regret at the unspoken question 'what if?' What if I'd taken that new job? What if I'd thrown myself mind and body into writing when I was younger instead of leaving it till now? What if I'd plucked up the courage to approach that girl I was so taken with when I was young?

Those kind of regrets can be so depressing. As you say Ann, we can't go back, but it is difficult not to dwell on those regrets. Therefore I strongly urge everyone to live their lives to the fullest. There's no need to be reckless, but take sensible risks and be bold and adventurous. Explore all possibilities and all routes you can take in life. Only that way can you avoid the regrets that Mark Twain talks about. Alun


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annart 13 months ago from SW England Author

Rabadi: Thanks; glad you liked this. Yes dreams can tell us all sorts of things about ourselves and spur us into action.

Thank you for reading.

Ann


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Rabadi 13 months ago from New York

I love when you wrote "Our dreams when we sleep sometimes reveal thoughts and wishes from our inner soul." So true I just wrote an interesting blog about dream interpretations. Great Read!


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annart 14 months ago from SW England Author

Mihnea Andreescu: Thank you very much. Yes, he was a fine writer and many wise and humorous quotes come from him.


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Mihnea Andreescu 14 months ago from Bucharest,Romania

Extremely well done hub.I absolutely loved it.I am just learning more about Mark Twain's wisdom


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

Thanks, Flourish. Wow, you've certainly lived up to the philosophy! Sky diving and a joiner; that's amazing. Well done!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your interesting comments.

Ann


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FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

What a terrific hub! I recall very vividly a speech the first day of college about the coulda woulda shouldas and it was life changing. I'm appreciative for that speech because I was able to jam pack adventure into my life whereas before I was risk adverse. I went sky diving and became a joiner. I took a job across the country that had me relocating several times to places I had never been and traveling frequently. Gotta live with no regrets.


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

Hi Patricia! Thank you for your lovely comments. I hope you do write a hub on the theme of a quote. You write so well and seem to turn your hand to so many things.

I appreciate you reading and leaving your input.

You're the one who deserves the angels.

Ann


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida

My favorite line of yours...have the courage to be independent....yes m'am. And sometimes that takes some doing.

This quote of Mr. Twain's is one of my favorites too.

this is a great hub and a wonderful challenge...I will have to keep it in mind for a future hub.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Hoping all is good with you...sending Angels your way this rainy evening ps


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

Thanks, Ruby. Yes, we do slow down a bit I suppose but my mind still wants input, input, input! I gather strength from the beauty around me and from my grandchildren. Good to see you today.

Ann


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

I still dream and love to explore. I'm finding I take the low roads much more as I age. This is a beautiful hub and very interesting to read...


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

mckbirdbks: Thank you for your kind comment. Yes, Mark Twain is one of the best in my book. Indeed it's not easy to leave the harbour even though it can be so rewarding.

Ann


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mckbirdbks 15 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I have to give it to Mark Twain, he is right on with his quote. I have to give it to you also, you presented your case well. It is not easy to leave a safe habor for the unknown. The 'doldrums', yes.


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Alicia. Glad you enjoyed this.

The quote itself is so inspirational that it made it easy to follow!

Ann


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AliciaC 15 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

You've chosen a great quote and have created some lovely imagery in this hub, Ann. Thanks for sharing an inspirational article.


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Audrey. Glad you enjoyed this.

Ann


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AudreyHowitt 15 months ago from California

Beautiful and inspiring --Mark Twain is one of my favorites--and this quote in particular!


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

Venkatachari M: Thank you for your kind comment and for the votes. Glad you liked this.

Ann


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Venkatachari M 15 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Very inspiring post. You dealt with the challenge very beautifully and presented it in an appealing and inspiring manner.

Voted up and awesome.


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

'Fashionably late'; I like that, Frank. Thank you so much for your kind words. Glad you liked this.


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Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

fashionably late suites you great answer to the challenge.... I love the quote you chose.. so fitting and you went there.. weaved your words and produced an excellent hub.. bravo from all fronts


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

Thanks, Mel, glad you liked it; I appreciate your kind comments.

I like Mark Twain because of his wit and refreshing approach. As I said, Oscar Wilde was tempting but my ideas seemed to work better with this one.

Looking forward to reading your response, Mel.

Ann


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Mel Carriere 15 months ago from San Diego California

This sounds like a great challenge, and I'm going to start tweaking the gray matter to see if I can come up with something. With so many great English men and women of letters, it is flattering you chose our Mark Twain. He did have a flair for the concise, memorable quote, and you have done him justice. Great hub!


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

tobusiness: Wow! Thank you, Jo, for such a great compliment! I'm so pleased you liked this. Safe harbours are great when one has done sailing but, as you say, there are always a few more boundaries to push, even from home.

Great to see you!

Ann


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tobusiness 15 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Ann, this hub is incredibly motivational. I love the quote you chose to use, and my oh my, you took it to the limit. I've sailed close to the wind in my time and it was never about the destination, always about the journey. These days I tend to favour the safe harbour, but I'm still pushing boundaries. This is exceptional work.


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Dora. What a lovely compliment! I'm glad the message of motivation comes through. We never know what we can do until we give it a go!

Lovely to see you here today.

Ann


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean

I find a great deal of motivation here. I re-read your paragraph beginning "Catch those winds . . " several times. The phrases are poetic; the message is deep but clear. Thanks for passing on Mark Twain's advice in such a brilliant manner.


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

Thanks, bill; I'll take a brilliant any time! Glad you liked this; the sailing metaphor just had to be continued and it's close to my heart.

Mark Twain or Oscar Wilde, that was a difficult choice!

Dreams are sometimes shattered but we probably learn even more from those, such is life.

Have a monumental Monday, bill!

Ann


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billybuc 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

I've chased many a dream, Ann. Some have come true. Some have ended in crushing defeat. How boring it would be to not chase them, no matter the outcome.

Love your sailing metaphor....but then I love all of your writing.

Dare I say a brilliant response to the challenge? Yes, I dare.

bill


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

Buildreps: What a great comment! Thank you so much, it means a lot to know that the emotions get through.

Ann


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

Dear Theresa, thank you for your lovely words and compliments.

There's something about the sea that refreshes just looking at it and I always feel at home when I see it.

Sounds like you have the drive to do all the things you want so I hope you follow those roads!

Bless you and thanks for stopping by; always lovely to see you.

Ann


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you Emese, for such a kind comment.

Sounds as though you've made the most of everything - good for you!

I think 'globe-trotters' always get itchy feet when in a 'safe harbour'; must be a bug that can't be shaken off!

Good to see you today.

Ann


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

Hi, mary! I guess it doesn't always have to be a risk; it can be enough to follow your strongest wishes and push yourself that little bit more to test the waters!

Thanks for coming by and leaving your kind and interesting comment, votes and share.

Ann


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

Thanks, DJ, for your kind comments and your great input. Love your last sentence. Well done for writing the novel - good luck with that too.

You've obviously done a lot in your life and fulfilled lots of wishes, so you're not going to look back and say 'I wish I'd.....' Brilliant!

Ann


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Buildreps 15 months ago from Europe

Beautiful Hub, Ann. It also breaths the dreamy state you're writing about. That's a great achievement.


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Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

Dear Ann, you always go above and beyond in these challenges! Yes, I do believe it was Jo who issued the challenge of the quotes. If it was last year, she deleted all of her hubs and started over in the new year.

This is such an inspirational hub here and your choice of Mark Twain's quote is perfect to provide a jumping off point. I have often thought about the next 20 years and truly not wanting to get to the point and have regrets about all that I did not do. I loved living by the sea for four years when we were first married and I miss the water so much. I do want to travel and see a bit of the world.

Wonderful hub in only Ann style ...wonderful!

Peace and blessings always


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Emese Fromm 15 months ago from The Desert

This is a great hub!

I like that quote, too, and I used to live by it. I left home when I was 25 to go to a whole other continent, I changed direction in my life whenever I felt a new challenge, I've been exploring constantly, and I get restless when I'm in a safe harbor.

I enjoyed the hub you created from Mark Twain's words. Love your writing style!


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mary615 15 months ago from Florida

I guess I'm not as much a "risk taker" as I would like to be. I'm sure I've missed a lot of opportunities in life because I am so cautious.

Great powerful Hub; voted UP, etc. and shared.


DJ Anderson 15 months ago

Beautiful hub, Ann.

I was put in a position of sink or swim, many years ago. I have traveled more and done more than I ever had the nerve to dream. Suddenly, now,

I feel very old and tired.

The novel that I am working on has brought a great challenge to my life.

But, it has been a rewarding challenge. When it is finished I don't know

what I will do with myself. It consumes much research and time. One thing is for sure, I will have to get this added weight off, after sitting on my boduncus all the years.

I enjoyed your article. Periodically, we need a nudge to get us back into

the thick of things. Your article proved that we never stop growing until we give up.

Dj.


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

Thanks, Jackie. I loved living by the sea. I'm not far from it now but it's an estuary so not quite the same. My 'home' is on the south coast where the real sea flows up to shore.

You can still stay in the safe harbour and explore all sorts of things without venturing too far! In your mind, you can go wherever you like.

Thanks for visiting today. Always great to see you.

Ann


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Jackie Lynnley 15 months ago from The Beautiful South

Personally I prefer a safe harbour and if I could have been as lucky as you to have lived by the sea that would have done me!

Just love Mark Twain and about everything he said. Truly great writing. ^+


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

Hello, Kevin. Thank you for reading and commenting. I love that quote; it sums up the purpose of life. I've always loved his wit and outlook.

Much appreciate your kind comments.

Ann


Kevin Goodwin 15 months ago

I love that quote by Mark Twain. It has to be one of his best quotes he ever made. Very nice hub.


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

Thanks, John; I thought it was Jo but she says she has no record of it! I'll jog her memory again!

Thank you too for your kind comment. Glad you like the quote and I appreciate your compliments. I'm flattered that you voted for me in the HP awards - how exciting and thank you so much!

(I voted for you too!! :))

Thanks for being the first to comment on this.

Ann


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

Ann, firstly Jo Golsmith was the one wo issued this challenge "My Favorite Quote Essay Challenge". I know because I responded with a hub called "My Letter to Google." Anyway I love that quote you chose by Mark Twain, it is one of my favourites. Your hub was brilliant and conveys a wonderful and profound message for us all. Life is too short and you need to "throw off the bow lines" and take some risks..come what may. Great work as always. It's easy to see why I voted for you in the hubby awards :)

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