Travel is an excellent way to shake the cobwebs off life and find what matters most to you and find things that need to be changed.
We tend to nest into our own lives when we are at home. We get used to living a certain way, even if we don’t like it (or hate it) but choose to put up with it or don’t notice what’s misaligned.
Travel is the snowglobe to your life — it can shake everything up and swirl your life around.
If you let it. Hunkering in your hotel room watching RomComs is not going to change much 🙂
The only thing normal about travel is that nothing is normal. Whether you’re just hoping to a nearby or visiting a new country on the other side of the world, everything is different. (At least to you it’s different — to everyone else it’s normal.)
As much as I may try, routines are thrown out the window as soon as you arrive at your destination. Sometimes everything just sings without a hitch — the entire trip is amazing, start to finish. Other times everything that can go wrong, does. Almost enough to make you wonder if some tv show is pulling an elaborate prank on you. (One trip I went on, literally everything went sour. Delays. Overnight layovers. Frozen bank account. Even my belt broke in the airport. 🤦♂️)
Travel has its ups and downs, but through it all, one thing that remains is YOU. By stripping away what’s normal — work, routines, friends, comfort, frustrations, environments — you are left with yourself: who you are and who you want to be.
And you might not like what you see.
But now you have the chance to change it. To be better.
Otherwise, you might have gone your entire life without knowing you were deviating and heading towards the wrong path. (Tangent: And to those that feel old, you are not dead yet. Change is not reserved for just the youth. As long as you’re still breathing you are capable of change.)
Step outside of your life regularly. Even if it’s just a weekend road trip. Observe what’s working and what’s not. Be better. Live like you mean it.
Live like you mean it.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
Daily Blog #611