My dream is to travel the world.
But I didn’t always have the courage to do it.
Like many young college students, I found myself completely and utterly lost after graduation. On one hand, I really wanted to travel the world but on the other, I felt the right thing to do was to get a decent job, save money, and settle down, you know, all the things that society tells us are “normal.”
Except, I had a really hard time being “normal.” I tried pursuing what I studied, I tried working in various jobs, I tried so many different things that I started to lose myself. I would come home every day feeling drained and no matter what, my mind was always on traveling.
Then one day, I just couldn’t take it anymore. I booked myself a one-way ticket to Asia and set myself FREE.
This trip gave me the strength and confidence that I never knew I had.
During this trip, I learned a very valuable lesson: ALL of the fears I had about pursuing my dreams were made up by me. When I came home, I decided I’ll no longer let fear rule my life.
In the following years, I made a series of life-changing decisions. I promised myself to live the life I want and actually do the things I say.
I became vegan, I took a job teaching children, I traveled whenever I could, and now I’m building a location independent lifestyle because I realized travel and freedom are the two most valuable things to me in life.
But all of that didn’t come without a price. I struggled to embrace my new identity and my family didn’t understand it. The most devastating change, however, was that my eight-year relationship with my partner ended. To say that it was heartbreaking would be an understatement.
Soon after that, I moved across the country all by myself and it was one of the most exhilarating and loving things I did for myself. The time I got to spend alone allowed me to clearly define who I was, what’s important to me, and where to go next.
I don’t know who you are or where you are on your journey, but if you’re here, there’s probably a reason.
I started my journey just like you– wondering, envying, and reasoning. But it wasn’t until I took action that I realized logic doesn’t want us to go after our dreams. It wants us to stay put. Our heart is what wants adventure. And no, I’m not saying go be reckless. Quite the opposite, I’m saying be intentional.
If I can go back to the girl who was afraid to live, I would tell her, “Jump. Take the plunge. Your life is yours, your dreams are yours, and you do not need anyone’s permission to go after what you want.”