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Would you be an explorer?

When I go to a place that is hemmed in by some natural feature, such as on the bank of a major river, on the coast or in a valley ringed by high mountains, I often wonder, if I had lived in the time before roads and railways, power boats and engineered bridges, in the days when all travel was on foot or horseback, would I have been one of those brave souls who struck out into the great unknown? Would I have scaled those mountains to see what was the other side, or would I have spent my whole life scraping a living from the same valley where my ancestors lived and never known what was over the ridge? Would I have sailed into the open ocean to look for other, perhaps more comfortable, islands, or would I have scratched a living from the same storm-scoured beaches and not given a thought to what was over the horizon?

I really don’t know the answer to that question although I have often asked myself. I do like a feeling of adventure but at the same time I don’t like to take huge risks. I guess the choice would have depended on how risky the alternatives seemed and how good or bad would be the life I left behind. What do you think you would have done?

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valmnz wrote on April 10, 2015, 7:10 PM

I think back in the unexplored times many of us wouldn't hae had the same curiosity as we have now. We'd be busy working to make ends meet.

LeaPea2417 wrote on April 10, 2015, 10:59 PM

I would have stayed put and lived where I was and lived off the land.

Kath wrote on April 11, 2015, 2:00 AM

There are always some folk who feel the call to explore and respond to it, in some way or other.

agvulpes wrote on April 11, 2015, 8:28 AM

You do raise an interesting question and I would like to think that I could have been an explorer.
When I go walking along the river every day I do try to take a different track so that I don't get bored. Does that make me an 'explorer' ? lol

maxeen wrote on April 11, 2015, 8:34 AM

I have to go around every corner,climb every hill possible. So I am sure I would have been of the same inquisitive nature back then.

Kasman wrote on April 11, 2015, 9:48 AM

If no-one had ever thought to look and see what was over the next hill we would still all be living in the same cave in Africa. I would go exploring if I could.

MegL wrote on April 11, 2015, 10:26 AM

I would love to have been an explorer and naturalist, even now. After all, look at all the David Attenborough films showing us the ends of the earth. Mostly I would have liked to have been an astronaut.

allen0187 wrote on April 12, 2015, 11:56 PM

I definitely think that I'd be a capable explorer. I take a lot of risks and with my natural inquisitive nature, I'd be a good explorer.