Big and small fears alike present a unique opportunity to empower yourself and grow as a person. Many of the things we fear in life end up being non-issues. I’m a HUGE worrier. So this has been a big lesson for me.
The One Thing
The One Thing: How Travel Changes You.February 19, 2015
“If you had met me at the ripe young age of 19 and told me that I would travel to some of the far corners of the world before my 30th birthday I would have told you that you were nuts.”
I never had the desire to travel and always assumed it was out of my reach financially. It wasn’t until several years later that a strikingly handsome and charming Englishman walked into my life and showed me just how wrong I was. Before I knew it I was swept off my feet, my bags were packed, and I was on a one way flight to England with a visa in hand.
Suffice it to say, since that day, travel has been a huge part of my life. It has changed me in irreversible, soul expanding, life altering ways. I truly believe that everyone can benefit from traveling at least once in their lives, here’s why:
// It Expands Your Mind, Heart, and Soul //
… in a way few other things can. There is something about being present in those moments and feeling it with all of your senses that leaves a mark on your soul long after you’ve left, in a way that no book or TV program can.
From the shores of Mauritius to the edge of the Grand Canyon, each place I’ve visited has been a place where I’ve done my most valuable soul searching. More so, travel has left me with an even more profound sense of gratitude for all that I have in life.
// You Discover Who You Really Are //
Traveling to foreign lands tests your emotional limits as well as your knowledge and patience. This is not only a humbling experience, but one that forces you to rely on yourself, know yourself, and trust yourself. Especially if you travel solo.
I remember the exact moment my soul opened like a giant doorway to a world of new possibilities. I was standing outside the airport in Cairo, Egypt with the hot sun shining on my face, the smell of diesel car fumes in the air and the blaring azan (5x daily call to prayer to broadcast across the city) drowning out all other sounds.
It was in that moment I felt more alive than ever before. Not the most glamorous or dreamy setting but there was something about the assault on my senses that told me the world was my oyster, and I was ready to explore it. I wasn’t that timid teenager anymore.
// It Scares You //
You might be wondering why that’s a good thing. Ask any traveler to recall a scary moment during their travels and I guarantee most of them will have at least one, and they probably feel some sense of pride from having survived it.
There are so many unknowns when you travel, particularly to a foreign land. How will I communicate? What happens if I get lost? What will the food be like?
I can honestly say that out of every scary moment, I can look back and not only have a wonderful story and memory, but a sense of achievement for having overcome it.
My hope is that each one of you finds the opportunity to travel at least once in your life. Whether it’s to the other side of the country or the other side of the world, I’m certain you will gain more from the experience than you will ever lose.
If you have already started traveling, how has it changed you?
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