April 2, 2019,

Believing that life should be a quest experience typically propels you to a certain spot on the pathway.

It is the launching point of where your designed journey takes off.

You can almost see it like a big round bulls-eye on top of the leaves and dirt.

Whatever quest you decide to embark upon, one thing is for certain, it will take endurance which is often in partnership with over-coming hardships.

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Paula Jane Radcliffe, is a British long-distance runner. She is a three-time winner of the London Marathon (2002, 2003, 2005), three-time New York Marathon champion (2004, 2007, 2008), and 2002 Chicago Marathon winner. She is the fastest female marathoner of all time and has held the Women’s World Marathon Record in a time of 2:15:25 since 2003.

She was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2002 Queen’s Birthday Honors List for her services to sports.

We you think of the pain, extensive training and stamina it takes to run a marathon, endurance is an understatement.

Paula is the epitome of going on a quest, enduring and finally reaching her storied destination.

The ultimate quest film is the Wizard of Oz.

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The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Widely considered to be one of the greatest films in cinema history, it is the best-known and most commercially successful adaptation of L. Frank Baum‘s 1900 children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

The question many have asked over the years is, was Oz real or Dorothy’s dream as a result of a concussion suffered during the twister.

Here are two takes on that.

At the informative answering site quora.com one contributor shares, “It was a dream in the movie, it was not written that way in the book.”

Another provides more insight, “In the long series of books by L. Frank Baum, Oz is an actual place, an alternate reality that is persistent from one visit to the next. Indeed, events occur between visits, showing that in Baum’s intent at least, if a tree falls in Oz, it does indeed make a sound, regardless of whether or not Dorothy – or one of the other children who make the trip to Oz – is there to hear it.”

Our take?

Does it really matter? The most important power of the movie are the lessons that it teaches regarding pursuing your dream, despite the sometimes frightening obstacles.

In Dorothy’s case, she simply wanted to get back home.

Much easier said than done.

One of the greatest movie reviewers Roger Ebert chose it as one of his Great Films, writing that “The Wizard of Oz has a wonderful surface of comedy and music, special effects and excitement, but we still watch it six decades later because its underlying story penetrates straight to the deepest insecurities of childhood, stirs them and then reassures them.”

So what stirs you?

What is your quest in this life?

Why should you have one?

From our viewpoint, it gives your life a sense of meaning and purpose. It also tends to prevent you from getting distracted by the social rage that changes from generation to generation.

You tend to stay focused.

There appears to be two major types of quests.

One is where you started out on a traditional and predictable journey often guided by your family, religion or society in a one shoe size fits all philosophy. If you are normal, this is what you should do.

Yawn.

At some point you realize this is not the life you want to live and then you have a very frightening decision to make.

How do you change your life to conform more closely to one that you personally desire?

What will help you to answer that question is by discovering what your quest will be.

One example of this type of quest, and we often use her story, is the life of Adventurous Kate.

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We loved her adventure so much that we wrote an article about her.

Adventurous Kate and Female Submission Wrestlers Travel Solo

Here is how she describes it at her website adventurouskate.com, “At age 26, I quit my job to travel the world alone. I spent six fantastic months in Southeast Asia and turned my travel blog into a full-time business. Eight years later, I’m based in New York but still traveling — 77 countries and 7 continents! My goal is to show YOU how you can travel the world on your own — easily, safely, and adventurously.”

Doesn’t that sound exciting? We sure thought so. She really inspired us to take more risks and pursue our quest.

Here is another type of quest.

You’ve come to see a need in the world where people could greatly benefit from change and you strongly desire to do something about it. This quest is not based upon fun and adventure, it ultimately will be about saving or changing the everyday lives of others you know or those around the country or world that you haven’t met.

One such person is Lauren Bush. Our friends at FCI Elite Competitor wrote about her.

Lauren Bush’s Feed Projects, Important Heroine’s Journey – FCI …

Lauren is the daughter of Neil Bush and Sharon Bush, a granddaughter of former President George H. W. Bush and niece of former President George W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

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FEED Projects was started in 2007 by Lauren who served as an honorary spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Program.

FEED Projects sells FEED bags and a portion of each bag is donated to the United Nations World Food Program to feed children around the world.

It was very inspiring.

At feedingamerica.org they expand upon their mission. “It is an unfortunate reality that so many Americans rely on emergency food relief to get by, which is why I am proud to support Feeding America in their important work to ensure that the most basic needs of our neighbors are met.

Every product sold has a measurable donation attached to it and, to date, has been able to donate over $6 million and provide nearly 60 million school meals globally through the United Nations World Food Programme and Feeding America.

For her work with FEED, Lauren was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2009 and one of Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in 2010. She has also received the 2010 Accessories Council Humanitarian Award, the 2011 Stevie Award for Best Non-Profit Executive and the 2011 Fashion Group International Humanitarian Award.”

So what about you?

Especially when you are young, you should think about your quest.

If you endure and persist, it will place you in a position to find far more satisfaction in your personal life and make a difference in the lives of others.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paula_Radcliffe

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jay-scarfone/another-10-things-wizard-of-oz_b_4408904.html

https://www.quora.com/In-The-Wizard-of-Oz-is-Oz-an-actual-place-or-just-an-elaborate-dream

https://www.moviemistakes.com/film1418/questions

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wizard_of_Oz_(1939_film)

https://www.adventurouskate.com/

https://www.feedingamerica.org/about-us/partners/entertainment-council/lauren-bush-lauren