Experience – why the undying need to pursue it?
I have a restless heart…a desire to see the world, to touch unfamiliar ground, to immerse myself in culture…to experience. I don’t know why or how it came to be, but it’s a passion that needs to be pursued…and questioned. Why is it that I feel so strongly to experience different lands and cultures? With technology moving at the speed of light and anything we desire sitting at our fingertips, it is increasingly important that we harness our fiery thirsts for physical and emotional experience.
Recently, I found myself in Hawaii, on the island of Kauai. I had never been, and couldn’t wait to explore its lush, green land. Kauai is unlike the other islands of Hawaii — a tropical rainforest covers the majority of the island and many of the cities have yet to be commercialized by tourism. I had one goal this trip: to experience as much as I could, and as authentically as possible.
Experience is the best teacher. It is the genesis of knowledge. And with that knowledge, experience shapes our heart and changes our perceptions. When we choose to experience, we are actively participating in a particular event and, the more we participate, the more we accumulate emotional, sensational and practical knowledge. We then have the ability to apply the wisdom that comes only with experience to new or unrelated situations. Therefore, we are able to change our previously-conceived perceptions and open our hearts. I left Kauai with a greater understanding of the culture and an undeniable appreciation for its unfathomable beauty.
“Human experience is the ultimate source and justification for all knowledge. Experience itself has accumulated in human memory and culture, gradually producing the methods of intelligence called ‘reason’ and ‘science.'” —John Shook, Free Inquiry
Have you ever explored the idea of experience? Why does your heart long to pursue it? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments!