Our experiences are arrows on our backs to draw upon in the heat of life’s journey. They will always be with us. To collect arrows is to live in gratitude for every step as life unfolds.


No matter what happens, we’ll always have a quiver of experience and our spirit as a bow. Each day is a memory we get to shape and craft. We’re sharpening the arrows to stow on our backs with every second we appreciate life for the gift that it is.


The beauty of California and the Pacific Northwest serve as the backdrop of this uplifting and often humorous tale, where writer and media creator Vincent Russell Van Patten takes a solitary road trip to craft his latest arrow in the raw, open arms of nature.


Vincent draws on ancient wisdom, timeless stories, and contemporary discussion to ask the perennial questions of life at a pivotal point in human history. Through thought-provoking dialogue, you, too, will be  inspired to seek what lights your soul on fire.


Vincent’s poetry and travel photography imbue this narrative with his artistic style that makes it more than just a nonfiction novel…


Arrows of Youth is an insightful adventure, aimed to provide joy and encouragement to anybody searching for meaning.

In 2020, I was encouraged by somebody I admire to tell my story, as I see the world now. This is what the act of inspiration turned into. Within the pages you’ll find what I love, how I see the world, and what I’ve learned so far.


Arrows of Youth is a story of adventure, an ode to life—the incomprehensible, the beautiful, the painful and the meaningful. Guided by ancient wisdom, timeless stories and contemporary discussion, this book encompasses my quest to never stop asking: Why are we really here? 


Is it to be happy, to find meaning, to come together or to separate? Is it to fall, to cry, to learn and laugh and rise again—or perhaps is it just to be? I don’t have the answers; nobody does. That’s what makes every day an absolute gift, waiting to unfold. 


I’m ready to welcome all of life with open arms, no matter what. 


To my family, my friends, and every individual who has come before and made this journey, our journey, possible. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.


I hope this book inspires you. I hope it makes you think of the world and our connections as human beings in a different way. I hope it makes you stop, look around, and listen. 


I hope it makes you endlessly curious about the power, the energy, and the love that you possess. I hope it provides an adventure of the spirit, a journey into the unknown, brimming with hope.