Diane Ackerman on Truly Living Our Lives

Pair of hiking boots on an alpine summit balanced on the edge of a rocky cliff overlooking distant alps with scattered snow on a sunny summer day, Hochvogel, Germany

“The great affair, the love affair with life,

is to live as variously as possible,

to groom one’s curiosity like a high-spirited thoroughbred,

climb aboard,

and gallop over the thick, sun-struck hills every day.

Where there is no risk,

the emotional terrain is flat an unyielding,
and, despite all its dimensions, valleys, pinnacles, and detours,

life will seem to have none of its magnificent geography, only a length.

It began in mystery,

and it will end in mystery,

but what a savage and beautiful country lies between.”

Diane Ackerman
panoranic mountain landscape. valley with stones in grass on top of the hillside of mountain range in sunset light