A very good friend of mine recently asked if I could share the inspiration I found that made me give up a perfectly good job, a perfectly comfortable apartment and all my friends to achieve my dream of travelling the world. People have asked her what craziness is this? So here it is Emma, just for you, my inspiration.
When I'm 70 years old and sitting on the porch with my (spunky) 71 year old husband I want to remember the time we walked through Antelope Slot Canyon with a Navajo guide, worked on a horse ranch in California, sailed the Panama Canal, picked coffee beans in Colombia, trekked Machu Picchu or made snow angels in Antarctica. I don't want to be sitting there thinking the most exciting part of my existence was getting the electricity bill that month because I didn't pursue my dreams. Because I sat back and let amazing opportunities pass me by.
This is not to say someone else who has not travelled has wasted their life, on the contrary, it's to say that if you really wanted something, would you not be happier knowing you at least TRIED to make it happen? That you committed to achieve a dream and did all you could to succeed? That is exactly what I am doing. I am living my dreams, they are just not the usual ones of a thirty year old female.
Sure I still want a house, a husband and a family - but seeing the world is currently at number one, I am just lucky to be sharing this amazing adventure with my future husband, which makes it all the more important to me.
We are told our whole lives to set goals and work towards achieving them, only society leads us to believe those goals should be a smashing career and a 4x2 in the suburbs - not a 15kg backpack and a one way plane ticket to America. Really, if this was easy, everyone would do it.
Sure I am scared. The world is such a big and wild place but regret is something that scares me more and I'm not ready to deal with that just yet so here are my tips for helping you or anyone else reading this to achieve their dreams, (whatever they may be);
1. Write them down. Share them with friends - real friends, who will never truly understand your reasons but will support you and encourage you because they love you regardless.
2. Do the research. Network and talk to people that can help you. I read countless articles and stories on long term travel to help me plan our escape.
3. Don't lose sight of the big picture. Often achieving success means some form of sacrifice. Very rarely can you have everything on the path to achieving your dreams. I gave up many comforts to make my travel dreams happen but I won't care when I'm ticking bigger things off my list.
4. Be patient. Shit happens. It's a fact. Sometimes there is no straight path to the finish line and instead we need to climb mountains. So climb them! Giving up is for pussies!
5. And finally "If you don't have dreams, they can't come true" (K. Wootton, 2010), it really is that simple and I literally have it tattooed on my left foot so every time I put my shoes on I am reminded of where my feet can take me if I just let them do the walking.
I dare anyone reading this to think of the one thing they would regret not doing on their death bed to go out there and just do it! (Obviously within legal boundaries. If your goal is to rob a bank learn how to cheat while playing Monopoly!). Believe in your self. None of this "I can't" or "it's too hard" - just TRY. Do it for yourself.
So Emma I hope this explains why I have released my little gypsy spirit into the world and I look forward to seeing you over here one day soon for a visit!
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