"For years the Empty Quarter [of the Arabian Peninsula] had represented to me the final, unattainable challenge which the desert offered. Suddenly it had come within my reach. I remembered my excitement when [British researcher O. B.] Lean had casually offered me the chance to go there, the immediate determination to cross it, and then the doubts and fears, the frustrations, and the moments of despair. Now I had crossed it. To others my journey would have little importance. It would produce nothing except a rather inaccurate map which no one was ever likely to use. It was a personal experience, and the reward had been a drink of clean, nearly tasteless water. I was content with that."
From Arabian Sands, by Wilfred Thesiger.
As I prepare to go timber framing next week, Thesiger's thoughts resonate for me. I've been offered an opportunity, which opens up a different world. And I know it's going to be hard at times. But I'm so glad to have the chance.