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I have often lost myself in stories. Stories like Margos from Papertowns - who suddenly disappeared and left her traces in the form of secrets.

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In the one of Christopher, who packed his things and just went off to find happiness, and in the Rüdiger Nehbergs adventures. In the documentations of Amudsen, the books of Alexandra David-Néel, Reinhold Messner, Heinrich Harrer, and so many others.
This urge to just go and leave everything behind overcomes me every day. Everybody always told me that I was running from something, but I wasn’t running away. I was searching.

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We all try to find this one thing in life. It reflects everywhere and still we cannot grasp it. It grows through quotes, in books and people’s eyes.
Maybe I found this something in the form of traveling, of passing borders, and just going. In danger, and these moments, my heart beats way too fast.

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There is so much beauty in the unknown. This feeling of plunging into the unknown (¿another word for unknown? Unknown is fine in my opinion!!) – it’s priceless. But, sometimes fear blocks our view of it.
“Isn’t that too dangerous?” They always ask this question and then I just want to laugh.
You can’t even think about something like that. Life is dangerous, and we’re all going to die someday. So we should go out and experience things. The only dangerous thing that could happen to us is that we cover ourselves in prosperity, security, and don’t live our lives anymore. Out of fear or because of prejudice.

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We are sinking into our consumption, losing our bond with nature, and also with ourselves. Isn’t it strange that we spend so much time watching other people's stories instead of living our own?
This fear of never getting free (two aways right next to each other isn’t great) often took my breath away. I wanted to break out of this city and this eternal cycle; but some things take time.
When I left Germany at the age of 16, and moved to Latvia, it was like I could open the lid of a box for the first time. I could finally look further than at this cardboard wall. Now that I am back I am not ready to give up this view of things.

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A lot of people probably can't understand that. I used to think that no one would. The more people I meet - the more I think I’m not the only one who does. Once I die, I want to be able to say with all my heart: “I have lived. I have damn lived, and I left this world a little better.”

I want to meet as many people as possible, reach a hundred peaks, and capture as many stories as I can.
I know that life is painful, and often unfair, but without this grief we would never know this supernatural happiness that fills our hearts in these magical moments.

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I don’t want to necessarily live a long life. I don’t care how many years I will spend on this earth. I want to be able to say that I lived every day to the fullest and take every chance to bring some happiness, and peace, to this planet.
Charles Bukowski once said: “Find what you love and let it kill you.“ I think I found that.

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-Carolyn

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