Idea vs. action

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." That Eleanor... what a woman. She grew up in a time where experience was necessity. You had to learn things first hand, you had to get out of the house. Now-a-days it is so easy to get lost in the virtual world that we have created. Online dating, instructional videos, social media, articles from around the world. There is something for everyone. You want to go to Europe? Just google Paris, France. In a moments time you can view images of the city, get restaurant reviews, current weather conditions and much more. Some might say, "Why go there at all? We've seen what we want to see." But what if the experience of it is what we truly need? Not just pictures or stories but real life touch, smell, taste, sound and sight. Ben Saunders has taken experience to the extreme. He is a polar explorer that is encouraging others to get outside and rise to the challenge. Click on the picture below to hear his inspiring TED talk. Today you might not find yourself skiing across an arctic tundra like Ben (although it might feel that way in Michigan) but perhaps you could try something new, experience life beyond your front door. Just "take a look outside."