After traveling around the world for 2 ½ years, I realized there is just no way to encapsulate the trip into a ten minute conversation with friends. How do you do that?
Should I talk about the Great Pyramids of Giza or celebrating Christmases in London and Sydney and Milan or riding on a camel or hiking up a volcano? What about all the places I slept, all the different modes of transport I took, or all the new friends I made? How can I relay all this in a soundbite? Should I edit a movie montage? All I can come up with is ‘it was amazing’ or sometimes I find it’s better to not even try at all.
But what did I learn? I had all that supposed ‘free’ time to just think, philosophize, and simply ponder life, right? Well, the first thing I learned is that we seem to eventually adjust ourselves into whatever situation we are in. Kind of like when you have a project to do – it always seems to take as long as you are given. If you have two weeks or two days to complete it, it seems human nature that you stretch it out into whatever time frame given.
So on the trip, I thought I would have all this time to think, but often times I just found myself in the moment – enjoying a sunset or tasty meal or the company of good friends. What I learned was just that – how to live. How not to think about the past or worry about the future, but to simply… be. So rather than pulling myself out of lovely moments, I enjoyed them, I marinated in them, I lived them. I let myself just be – and enjoy every part of my journey that still continues today.
So, how was my trip? Well, it was amazing and it was and is my life… forever changed.
A Journey – Yes, this a Louis Vutton commercial – a name brand barely in my vocabulary let alone my closet, but it’s very well done and their message is true. And not at all about fancy bling and $1000 purses. Take a look and enjoy your journey.