Emerson said, “The joy is not in the destinations, but in the transition from one to another.”

Traveling is my life’s blood. The joy of discussing philosophy, while enjoying a coffee on the streets of Paris, paddling down the Amazon in a downpour, or performing in concert in Cairo for 12,000 people, have expanded my horizons beyond anything I ever could have dreamed. As an explorer, learning many languages has also given me access to the minds and hearts of the world. I find that we are all only 15 hours or so away, from anywhere we would like to be on Earth at any time.

That should give one pause, to contemplate just how fortunate we are as humans, to live in an age of aviation, which, one hundred years ago, would have been laughed at as fantasy. The world is getting smaller and more interdependent. I try to learn something great about each culture, and utilize that in my life, becoming a kind of “Man for all cultures” or “Citizen of the world,” as Socrates said. Every time I depart from another country, I always feel like I’m carrying the people’s hearts with me. I realize everyday how little I know, and how much work needs to be done. As they say, “You can’t know another man’s thinking, until you’ve walked in his shoes.”

The most important thing I have learned, is that the clock of life is ticking. No amount of money can buy back time. There are only so many heartbeats. Aristotle said “We spend most of our lives preparing to live.” You’d better find out what you truly love to do, then set out to accomplish it. I’m an example of conquering one defeat after another. The greatest things which have happened in my life, came when I took the biggest risks, fell down, and got up again, to fight until I made it happen. I’ve never listened to anyone, who told me I couldn’t do something. The wonderful memories you hope to have, at the end of your days, will come from the times of least expectation; the surprises which created the spice of life.

Carpe Diem” Seize the day! No matter where on Earth you are.