I have been traveling for a bit over two months. I feel like an entirely different person than three months ago. I’ve pushed myself so far out of my comfort zone, I don’t even know how to make my way back. I have grown so much, mainly realizing in which ways I would like to continue growing. I’ve learned so much from the people I’ve met. I’ve had TIME, which is something I’ve always craved. I never felt like I had enough time to figure out what I want to do, much less actually do it.
I grew up confused. I never knew what I wanted to be when I got older. I never knew what I liked to do for fun. By the time I finished homework and put in all of my hours at work, I barely had time to sleep and keep up some kind of social life. I’ve always lived in this kind of constantly hurried time warp. A year ago, I decided to take a trip. I wanted to go to Thailand. So I went. I met people who lived different lives. They didn’t work 9-5, like me. They traveled. They worked online. They lived their dreams and followed their passions, and they were making a living doing it. Ever since then, I’ve dreamed of that life.
Now I have it (kind of). I’m not getting paid to travel, but I have enough saved up to not need to worry about money for a while. I do have the thing I’ve wanted most – time. I have had time to do whatever I want, see whatever I want, go wherever I want. And I must say, it is a truly amazing feeling. I would recommend it to everyone.
Since I’ve been living with time, I have rediscovered what I really love. I love writing. I love learning photography. I love making videos. I love art. I love meeting people and getting to know them, really know them. I love learning and growing and living a compassionate life. Traveling for me isn’t about seeing the Eiffel Tower or the canals of Amsterdam or Venice (though they were incredible). Traveling to me is about growing, meeting people, learning, getting uncomfortable, becoming a better person, and growing some more. It’s about learning new cultures and taking the best bits of those to keep for myself.
I plan to use my time growing and learning and growing some more. Practicing writing, maybe even submitting articles to online magazines. Practicing photography and going to art museums. Meeting people that are similar to me, and meeting people that are completely different. Eating health food and taking my health to a new level. Having fun, laughing and talking to new people. Living.