I've never been a white-water-raftin', bungee-jumpin' kind of girl—that's not how I define adventure for myself. What I know for sure is this: The most important journey of our lives doesn't necessarily involve climbing the highest peak or trekking around the world. The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.
Be prepared—when you finally summon the courage to cast a vote for yourself, you can expect obstacles. The whole world will rise up to tell you who you cannot become and what you cannot do. Those around you will be threatened as you exceed the limited expectations they've always had for you. And in moments of weakness, your fear and self-doubt may cause you to falter. Remember that you can't get rid of the fear or doubt; you just learn to live with it, to ride its wave.
Having the courage to stand up and pursue your dreams will give you life's greatest reward and life's greatest adventure.
What Oprah Knows for Sure
From the July 2002 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.