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15 Times Calvin And Hobbes Reminded You To Never Stop Exploring

It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy... Let's go exploring!

This week, the legendary comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson, celebrates its 30th anniversary.

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The strip, published from 1985 to 1995, centers around Calvin, a wise-beyond-his-years 6-year-old, and Hobbes, his imaginary stuffed tiger. Together, the two characters muse about life, death, philosophy, and everything in between.

But what I love most about Calvin and Hobbes — aside from their profound observations about the state of the world — is their shared desire to explore it.

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Here are 15 times Calvin and Hobbes embraced the spirit of adventure, reminding us that a life filled with passion, big dreams, and even bigger adventures truly is a life well-lived.

1. When Calvin gave us life goals:

"I say, if your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life."

2. And taught us the right way to make decisions:

"In the very long term, I know which will make better memories."

3. When they both went all big picture:

"When you look into infinity, you realize that there are more important things than what people do all day."

4. And reminded us that beauty really is everywhere you look — as long as you open your eyes:

"There's treasure everywhere!"

5. When Calvin blessed us with this wise M.O.:

"But since you never know when the right time is going to be, I figure the trick is to find the right place, and just hang around."

6. And emphasized the importance of self-awareness:

"I came from my room, I'm a kid with big plans, and I'm going outside!"

7. And living in the moment:

8. When the dynamic duo taught us the pure joy of just hanging out:

"There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want."

9. And reminded us that going on an adventure is always a good idea — even if you don't know the way:

"So long, 'Mom'! We're off to the Yukon."

10. When Calvin demonstrated the power of perspective:

"That's one of the remarkable things about life. It's never so bad that it can't get worse."

11. And reminded us to dream big:

"I should always be saying, 'My life is better than I ever imagined it would be, and it's only going to improve!'"

12. And always (always!) travel off the beaten path:

"From now on, I'll connect the dots my own way."

13. When the pair showed us that it's OK — better yet, honorable — to go to great lengths for time in the great outdoors:

"Every minute outside and awake is a good minute."

14. And also emphasized just how much our souls need that outdoor time. NEED.

"We seem to understand the value of oil, timber, minerals, and housing, but not the value of unspoiled beauty, wildlife, solitude, and spiritual renewal."

15. In the end, we can thank these two spirited adventurers for reminding us that there's a big giant world out there, full of miracles and wonder, and there's ~always~ more to discover.

"It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy... Let's go exploring!"