How Traveling Changed Me
"Happiness is not something you postpone for the future it is something you design for the present" - Jim Rohn
This post is all about inspiration. You can read my post about quitting my job to pursue my dream HERE, but this post is a lot more personal. Its my story to how I got here.
Matt and I have always loved adventures. Part of why I quit my career to work online was so we could pursue it to a greater extent. But I haven't always felt this way, in fact, I was a home body for most of my early life.
It wasn't the adventure part that got me; it was the traveling. I've always been an outdoor junkie, hunting, and fishing since I can remember walking... but leaving home? That was an entirely different issue. I was comfortable doing the same things with the same people, every day. Until I met Matt.
By the time we met, he had already traveled parts of the world for months at a time. In college, he studied in Australia, during the summers he worked on a remote island off of Alaska. I'd never heard anyone doing of any of that, let alone having a boyfriend that did it. He skydived, bungee jumped, scuba dived the Great Barrier Reef. His experiences were endless. Mine? They were pretty local.
Case in point, I hadn't actually experienced traveling. I had been here and there, but I simply went along for the ride and day dreamed through most of it.
Now I won't cut myself too short. My education brought had brought me some adventure. For example, I did run instrumentation on an aircraft that flew through storms, and I did spend some time at different locations for research, but I never really enjoyed it. I mean really seeing the different opportunities out there and enjoying the experience.
Once I started taking in those opportunities, life changed. I couldn't get enough of it. I forced my self to slow down and experience mindfulness. The excitement of seeing things I'd never seen before, meeting people I never knew, and for the first time, allowing myself to have an open mind about all of it.
Perhaps it was because, for the first time in life, I was traveling because I wanted to, not for any other reason.
I started realizing there was more to life than what I was experiencing. That other peoples political and social views had merit, and that everything I thought I knew... I didn't really know at all. Suddenly the world wasn't so black and white anymore, it was filled with color.
The more traveling I did, the more I wanted to travel and the more I wanted to experience. It keeps building, really. You meet someone you learn from, experience something you didn't know existed, and start changing in ways you never imagined you would.
Since this revelation, I've traveled to Alaska, the Caribbean, the east coast, the west coast, fished in Canada, hunted in the mountains... soaked the sun up in Texas and froze my ass off in Winnipeg.
I've loved every minute of all of it.
When you start enjoying the world for what it is, and not what you want it to be, you'll be surprised by what you can learn and the happiness it can bring.
So, in summary, what inspired me to completely change? Traveling, people, experiences, and having an open mind. Life isn't about whats right or wrong, or better or worse. Those things are completely subjective, no matter what a person or text book tries telling you.
The only thing that is objective is time, and what you choose to do with it.