Don’t Forget to Enjoy the Ride
This is a re-post from last year. However, I think the message is a strong one and worth think about again.
Life is short. If you’re fortunate enough to live with the means and privilege and food security, consider yourself lucky. When I feel low or unhappy, I always want to remember the people subjected to abject poverty worldwide through no fault of their own. It seems that the privileged, the comfortable, and those with the least to complain about are the most vocal and judgmental and superior acting. A few words by Edward Abbey from a speech to environmentalists published in High Country News, (24 September 1976), under the title “Joy, Shipmates, Joy!”
One final paragraph of advice: […] It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space.
Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.
The Tobasco Donkeys, a little known musical group working at the Philmont Scout Ranch recorded a song using Abbey’s words in one of the verses. It fits well and brings a smile to my face.
7 thoughts on “Enjoy the Ride; Happy Birthday Edward Abbey”
We will outlive the bastards!
All so true !
Thank you for the reminder!
Right now we’re the bastards with our hearts in safety deposit boxes, but we soon hope to be the ones to outlive the working stiffs like us. 🙂 Thank you for this!
Good luck on the escape. Everything is a trade-off of something else and I enjoy traveling with you two as you make your plans. It sounds like you are well on your way.
We’re so close and yet still so far… but getting closer every day! 🙂 Thanks as always for the well wishes!
I just gave my Dad Edward Abbey’s first book for his birthday. He is worth the read. Thanks