Sometimes, you just feel dumb.
We love this quote, not just in relation to traveling, but for life in general. Fighting detours seldom gets you where you want to be, regardless of the road you’re on. Most of the time, you don’t really have a choice but to take the detour. Either that, or sit still. You might as well embrace the detour.
But why stop there? Enjoy it! Make it a learning experience. Make it an adventure. Make it your own. Who knows what lies down that road? Embrace the unknown. Embrace the detour.
So why do we feel dumb?
We see this quote quite often, usually attributed to Kevin Charboneau. Which is great, except… Who is Kevin Charboneau again? All we can find are references to this one particular quote, and about a half dozen people who share the same name. (For variety, some add a second “n”. We suspect they are trying to through us off the trail!) What we don’t find is anything to confirm whether any of them actually uttered these words.
As popular as this quote is, you’d think it rolled off the tongue of a literary giant, a philosophical genius, a power-punching motivational speaker…or at least one really popular guy. Maybe it did, and we just don’t recognize him. Or maybe someone credited this to the wrong person. Or perhaps Kevin said this one profound thing and then disappeared, hoping to live off his reputation for great travel quotes.
We have no clue to the provenance of this bit of wisdom, but we like it. We embraced the detour. We still don’t know who Kevin Charboneau is (was?), but we got where we were going.
By the way, if you know something about the Kevin Charboneau, please let us know in the comments!
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