There has never been a more difficult exercise than to leave the comfortable life we had in Auckland and begin a new life often fraught with danger and always filled with the unknown. However, I am reminded of a quote in Jon Krakauer’s book, Into the Wild: which is a biography about Chris McCandless.
He says, “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different Sun.”