It was the moment that every explorer knows, that last moment before he or she sets foot into the desert, climbs the first cliff of the mountain, pushes off from the riverbank – the instant when suddenly there is nothing ahead but the unknown. It is a moment of fear, of uncertainty and doubt, and no explorer can avoid it, no matter how experienced or brave. Faced with it for the first time, some turn back and never try again. But the true explorer, trusting to Inventiveness, Desperation and Perseverance, steps forward.
– from ‘Bartlett and the City of Flames,’ by Odo Hirsch.
Thank you Mr Hirsch, for your wise words.