I have this friend, well he’s more a friend of a friend and he is, as they say, ‘living the dream’. He says he got sick of paying bills, sold everything he owned and went on an adventure.
He’s been living and working in the south of France and just traipsing about Europe for the past 8 months; meeting people along the way but travelling solo for the most part.
My life, for the most part, involves travelling 5km to work, sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day (if I’m honest, it’s more like 10 hours) and feeling like I need an extra day in the week set aside just for rejuvenation.
There are no causal 2 hour drives landing me in a completely different country. No waking up among a sunflower field. No sunset strolls at 9.30pm. No southern France beauty.
And that’s okay because life won’t always be a holiday, but if you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel, you should grab hold of that opportunity without asking questions. Travel – new experiences, people, cultures – is one of those things that truly enriches your soul. It opens your eyes and teaches you things you never even thought about learning.
The point I am trying to articulate is that while I get caught up in the intricacies and day to day sameness of my life, there is someone out there who took a giant fucking leap. They left everything they know, every comfort they had, moved to a place they’ve never been, and started an adventure.
An adventure; exactly what life is meant to be. We get so stuck in our own worlds, keeping our heads down and dealing with only what’s in front of us. We hear about people travelling and say ‘I wish that was me’ without realising that it could be. If that’s what you really wanted, it could be. Life is a journey and it shouldn’t be experienced from just one viewpoint; pack a bag, go on a road trip, move cities. Don’t stand still.
No matter what’s going on in your life, no matter how busy it is, never forget that this world is infinite. It’s so much bigger than your city, your state, your country. Go and explore it, at least for a little while.