November 28, 2013
Today marks 6 months I packed up and left the hustle and bustle world known as America and set out to travel the world.. by myself. I have leaned so much these past six months that’s its impossible to put into words. Some people probably think I am crazy for leaving my “good job” and sacrificing everything to take this trip. Well I know this, it’s the best damn decision I have ever made. I have learned so much about myself and others that it is a priceless value I will forever hold. I am not going to lie, there have been a handful of times of loneliness and frustration where I just wanted to pack up and go home to everything safe and familiar but without these challenges my trip would not be what it is today. However, in these hard times I just center myself whether through meditation or alcohol (or both) and I look at the sky and realize exactly where I am and how grateful I am to be standing right here at this moment. It doesn’t always work right away, as I am only human, but in time it puts me back into place. The hardest part about traveling is leaving the people you meet. There are a handful of people that I can’t imagine not seeing again in my life. When I think of them I miss them so much my stomach aches and I want to scream. The individuals, both locals and backpackers, I have encountered on this trip have changed me in ways indescribable. The list goes on and on and one can only hope that one day we shall meet again. If not, I will always have the memories close to my heart as I am forever grateful to everyone I have met along the way and the experiences we have shared. They all have a particular role in my journey and I am forever indebted for their impact on me. // There is a book (and a horrible movie) that all backpackers find themselves getting compared to at one point in their trip which simply isn’t true. The general consensus is that no one likes being compared to this movie however there is one quote that always rings true… I can’t believe I am resorting to it however it is applicable so here we go.. “If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.” Happy Thanksgiving everyone, I miss you dearly but the show much go on.