So, it seems like the perfect time to share a couple more quotes that are just begging us to set our minds free:
Unleashed imagination – it’s not something that we allow ourselves to do often enough. And yet, we are surrounded by proof that this action leads to some pretty incredible insights and life-altering events.
As Neil deGrasse Tyson contemplates in The Cosmic Perspective:
During our brief stay on planet Earth, we owe ourselves and our descendants the opportunity to explore—in part because it’s fun to do. But there’s a far nobler reason. The day our knowledge of the cosmos ceases to expand, we risk regressing to the childish view that the universe figuratively and literally revolves around us. In that bleak world, arms-bearing, resource-hungry people and nations would be prone to act on theirlow contracted prejudices.And that would be the last gasp of human enlightenment—until the rise of a visionary new culture that could once again embrace the cosmic perspective.
When people who are passionate about learning describe life as an adventure and a cause, telling us to go explore and experience, then you know that this recommendation isn’t being made lightly. Many of these people spend their lives researching the topics that fascinate them, and they all agree that they can’t remain 2D by only staying in their field of interest. There’s not a career path out there that is only dependent on a single subject. All subjects inter-relate with one another, bringing a new dimension to our outlook on the world when they are combined. Expanding our mind can lead to a fascinating once-in-a-lifetime experience (hopefully more than once if you become passionately inspired) such as:
Yes, this is Felix Baumgartner with the Redbull Stratos project, taking a leap to become the longest freefall jumper as well as the first person to break the speed of sound with his body as the sole vessel. As you can tell from the news, this video is one step closer to becoming reality because Felix completed a test jump on July 25, 2012 in which he reached a speed of 536 mph after falling from 18 miles up. And this isn’t the real jump yet, since the ultimate goal is to fall from the stratosphere (23 miles up). He’s already completing some amazing feats in his bid to surpass the current record holder, Joe Kittinger (who is also part of the Stratos team). We’ll have to hold our collective breaths and wish the team success (and Felix a safe return) in the ultimate freefall.
So, these are the kinds of things that happen when you unleash your mind and expand your horizons. It doesn’t have to be as drastic of an act as this, but it should leave you wanting more. Because that’s how we continue to expand our mind so that we keep deepening our curiosity to learn.