So many of us get caught up in day to day routines. Don't get me wrong routines can give us productivity and comfort, but you know what... at some point those routines that once gave us strength lead to something else... It can lead to a state of stagnation. Where you wake up and you realize that you aren't living and just surviving. At some point we have to be conscious of the fact that we are mortal and we will not be here forever. That may sound like a given, but it isn't. Over one million people will not wake up tomorrow, be grateful that you and your friends and family woke up today. So many of us are living in fear and I'm going to go a step further and say that we are living in a state of denial. I do not want to get all morbid, as what I'm trying to say is that life can be enjoyable if you let it. I'm living proof that it can. People like to give others advice, "Go out and find your passion". But I say let your passion find you. Travel found me and changed my life forever. I know, I wouldn't be the person that I am today without it as Travel saved my life.
In my opinion, travel is the cure to many misconceptions, fears, and ethnocentrism. By nature, people are ethnocentric, which is understandable as the world is full of the unknown. People are comfortable with what they know and they don't like feeling like they are the outcast. However, once you get past those feelings, you start to come alive. Travelling appeals to all senses. I personally strive off of stimulation, as is the case with a lot of other people that also have ADHD. The sense of complete wonder and curiosity was lacking in my life. I was just went through the motions and had zero confidence in myself. I was always comparing myself to everyone else's highlight reel and felt as though I had nothing going for me. In other terms, I was depressed. I wanted to drop out of college, lay in bed all day, and just eat to make myself feel better. I gained weight, I lost friends, my grades dropped, and had zero motivation. What I did have was the light at the end of the tunnel. That came in the form of travel and I clung onto it and I did everything in my power to make it happen. My journeys gave me a sense of pride and belonging. Everywhere I went I was so welcomed and met so many genuine people that quickly became friends. People tend to say once you start traveling you get bit by the travel bug, I'd say I got bit pretty hard. The notion of wanderlust motivated me to bring out my true self that has been lying dormant for some time. As a kid, I showed signs that I was an entrepreneur it just got lost somewhere over time. Travel was the outlet that unleashed my inner entrepreneur.
Travel is a lot like entrepreneurship. You may have a plan, but everything is so uncertain and changes on a dime. You never really know who you are going to meet or who you are going to become after all is said and done. However, a lot of the experience comes from what you had to overcome. I do not want to paint the picture that travel/entrepreneurship is going to be smooth or easy because it isn't. If conscious, regardless if the experience is good or bad, the time and money spend on travel and building a business is worth it. I have been so fortunate to be able to travel, especially at a young age. I've been to over 25 countries and lived/studied in the Czech Republic. The experiences have given me a greater sense of independence, empathy, confidence, and determination.
In conclusion, I want to end my How to Travel series by letting you know that travel is more than just a vacation or a trip. It is a form of personal therapy and a way to live. How do you know the way that you are living is suited for you? If all you have to compare your life to are other people doing the same exact thing. You have to expand your mind and be open to trying new things. If I can impact just one person by this post and push them to do the thing that they have been putting off out of fear than I'd be successful.
- Travel is worth it
- Believe in yourself
- Be open to new things
- Fear doesn't exist