by the Collected Mutineer
A few days ago, we lost one of the most inspiring and influential personalities in modern media. Anthony Bourdain—chef, traveler, humanist—died by suicide on June 8. He left behind a multilayered legacy of more than just good food; for many, he was a teacher. He taught us about the world and the many wonders in it. He taught us about how to listen and learn from other cultures that are not our own. He taught us how to appreciate, how to listen, and how to connect with people. May you continue to find inspiration and motivation in the words he left behind.
Be smart, but be open to the world.
Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.
Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, and moribund.
P.S. You are not alone. Reach out. The national suicide hotline number is 1-800-273-8255.