Reasons for Motion

To exist is to change. To change is to mature; 
to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
– Henri Berson

My intentions and reasons for creating a blog have yet to be fully conceived. I keep my life in motion because I want to be alive; fully and exuberantly, to a copious level. There is nothing you cannot do if you are willing to fully put in the efforts required. Sometimes life takes a little perseverance.

With that in mind, I am your average thrill seeking, adventure loving, knowledge soaking individual. I am driven by the tantalizing allure of a new experience.

So, what do all those lovely adjectives mean when applied to myself? Well, that is the best part. I get to be an ever-evolving, dynamic person, highly susceptible to change. That is the only way I know how to be, and the only way I intend to live. Everyone hears that life is short but how often do you heed the advice? Coming from a geology background I can tell you that the entirety of human existence is short. A single life span is as fleeting as an afternoon shower on the high plains desert. Sometimes more pronounced than the last, sometimes more memorable than the last, sometimes lasting minutes to hours to days, sometimes desperately desired, sometimes built up with great anticipation, sometimes coming out of thin air, sometimes ending with a rainbow, sometimes accompanied by destruction. But always is comes and then goes. In the end, no one makes it out alive. I may live to be quite old or I may be on a shorter track. I will never know until it happens. And when it happens, the chance is over; through. I have no intentions of holding back any part of who I can be.

Two quotes resonate strongly in my mind:

Make the most of yourself. For that is all there is of you.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
You are who you pretend to be, so be careful who you pretend to be.
-Kurt Vonnegut

I am a doer, a seeker, and a dreamer. If I stop participating in one of those activities, my life will essentially have stopped too. Life, being alive, is about motion.

Alive (adjective):
1. having life
2a. still in existence, force, or operation
2b. still active in competition with a chance of victory
3. knowing or realizing the existence of
4. marked by alertness, energy, or briskness
5. marked by much life, animation, or activity

Synonyms:
animate, breathing, live, living, quick; aboil, abubble, abuzz, animated, astir, brisk, bustling, busy, buzzing, flourishing, happening, hopping, humming, kinetic, lively, rousing, stirring, thriving, vibrant

Related Words:
active, animated, dynamic, lively, thriving, vibrant, vigorous, vital, vivacious; current, existent, existing, extant, going, prevailing, surviving;
[taken from Merriam-Webster]

Since adventure is what is important to me, I have been fairly successful at making time and creating opportunities to suite those desires. On occasion a friend or family member would like to keep up on my whereabouts, but I may be one of the worst people at staying in touch. Keeping a travel blog was fairly successful for a ten month trip I took to South America, so the viola! bell rang and light bulbs went off: why not use the blog for all my little trips and such. Even if no one else utilizes it, there will be a great documentation of my travels when old and forgetful. Thus, Life in Motion was born. I will apologize in advance for anyone hoping for a topic specific blog that will provide valuable information about a similar interest. I will try to uphold the integrity of the blogging system in terms of giving credit where credit is due to other resources, make ample use of links to lead readers off to better written and more thoughtful sites, and keep things relevant and insightful. However, this blog will be entirely too intermittent, full of bad grammar and run-on sentences, only cover topics that are pertinent to my current interests, and likely be overwhelmed by flourished writing spotted with too much emotion.

If you do decided to comb through the relics of my writing, I hope you find some enjoyment through my accounts.

I’m trying in all my stories to get the feeling of the actual life across
—not to just depict life—or criticize it—but to actually make it alive. 
So that when you have read something by me you actually experience the thing. 
You can’t do this without putting in the bad and the ugly as well as what is beautiful. 
Because if it is all beautiful you can’t believe in it. 
Things aren’t that way.

-Ernest Hemingway

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