Exploration (noun): the action of traveling in or through an unfamiliar area in order to learn about it; or, (noun): thorough analysis of a subject or theme
Sometimes exploration involves travel, adventure, and perhaps even cannibalizing your weaker friends during a fierce Antarctic blizzard. But exploration doesn't always have to take place in some distant corner of the globe or involve risk to life and limb.
Some people say the world has already been explored, and there’s nothing new to learn. But most of the time, it doesn’t matter whether someone’s already been there ahead of us.
Because as humans, we each need to work out our own answers to the big questions. Why am I here? How did the world get like this? What does Angkor Wat actually look like? Can I climb that mountain or finish that race?
In the end, exploration is all about self-actualization. And it’s not by accident that Maslow placed that need at the pinnacle of his famous hierarchy.
Which may be why, ultimately, we are all inspired to explore.
"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."
T. S. Eliot