The Happiness of Pursuit
By: Chris Guillebeau
Chris Guillebeau has visited every country in the world. The epic journey took him 10 years to complete… and there was virtually no real point. This book chronicles many extraordinary journeys that people have taken. From documenting more bird species than any other person on the planet, to walking from Maine to California, to taking a 20 year vow of silence, this book touches on the truly incredible.
So why do something as crazy as sailing solo around the world? Well it turns out the book doesn’t give just one answer. I think the main point of the book is to encourage you to follow your dreams, no matter what they be. To challenge yourself to perform an epic quest, is empowering. It can embolden you to strive for dreams that you might not otherwise have gone after.
The book raises all kinds of questions, and doesn’t answer many. I think that’s a good thing. Some of the questions raised can only be answered by yourself, along your own epic journey.
It got me thinking about what I want to do with my life [become an organic farmer for those that don’t know] How to transform this dream into a quest? I still have a lot of learning to do, so I’ve thought a lot about internships and apprenticeships. There is an organization called WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) that allows members to volunteer on farms all around the world in return for food and shelter. I think my quest will be to volunteer on one farm in every state in the country. Ill keep you updated.