Sometimes in order to appreciate what you have, you must walk away from it for a while. Your every day life, from which you depart whilst on vacation, for instance, is a beautiful thing because it gives you structure, which gives you meaning. And with meaning you can move mountains.
It’s that simple.
Is it necessary to drive 1,000 miles, only to discover that everything you were looking for was right in front of you all along? I think so. Human nature is like that. We’re hunters, gathers, explorers. We need the thrill of the chase to feel alive. But oftentimes we overlook the fact that the very thing we are chasing is well within our grasp.
Life is funny like that.
When life seems meaningless, flavorless, colorless, we make decisions based on that view. When life is vibrant, dashing, magnificent, we choose a different path. But note there is no difference between the two: the world remains the same either way. It is you who has changed.