I achieved something spectacular: I finished a novel. This is wonderful news.
The Dolphin's Tooth, written by Bruce Kirkby, a Canadian, only eight years my senior, is about the fine tuning of listening to that inner voice telling you there is more to life than sitting at a desk, about taking leaps of faith, and ending up on a path to endless adventures and a life worth living. It's a miraculous life story, and the guy is still in his forties.
I couldn't help but notice a little envy creeping around my head as I read his novel. But I also noticed myself turning that envy into inspiration: motivation to create my own reality, to plan adventures with my family and to take opportunities that may at first seem risky or illogical. For adventures like these are the salt of life.
The headings of Bruce's chapters are quotations regarding adventure. Two, in particular, resonated within me.
"The cure for anything is salt water; sweat, tears, or the sea."
- Isak Dinesen
"Of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure on a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off, with one mighty effort, the fetters of Habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares, and the slavery of Home, one feels once more happy. The blood flows with the fast circulation of childhood.... A journey, in fact, appeals to Imagination, to Memory, to Hope - the three sister graces of our moral being."
- Sir Richard Francis Burton, ZANZIBAR