When people ask you to describe yourself in a few short words, what first comes to your mind?
For me, it’s always been,”restless soul.” I have a personality that does not tolerate staying in one place very well. With that being said, university has been driving me mad. Allow me to clarify- back home, I had the freedom to hop in my car whenever I please and drive. Drive near, drive far, just drive. I could be in the mountains in ten minutes, I could be downtown in twenty- I had open roads.
Now, at this point you may be thinking, “This girl is seriously complaining about attending Uni but not being able to… drive?” Well, for me, having the ability to wander as I please is so important. I’ve had revelations as I’m flying 3,000 miles from home. I’ve had more faith that there’s a god out there while I stand in the middle of a desert at sunset, than I ever have confined within four walls of a church. Being able to see new things, meet new people, and learn about the world is a vital part of my happiness. How are we supposed to stay in one place our entire life? We were originally nomadic creatures, were we not? Maybe some of us carry that more intrinsically than others.
Lately I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I travel so often (quite frankly I don’t travel near as much as I would like, but hey, responsibility calls) and my response is simple: I make it a priority. I set aside money for what I really want, which is to see the globe. I give up things that do not hold as much value to me like clothes and fancy new gadgets and I think about what is truly important to me. I don’t travel lavishly- let’s be honest in Fiji I was so broke and hungry I ate peanut butter for a week straight in search of some protein. I save and work for what I want, and I get it done. Everyone has the ability to see the world, it’s merely a matter of how badly you want to.
So, thank you to those that put up with my tendency to roam, often temerarious, and uncharted. Thank you to those who agree to wake up at five in the morning to drive up a mountain with me in the freezing cold. Thank you to those that text me saying, “Hey, want to leave the state next weekend?” Thank you to my family that forgives me for missing Christmas and a graduation so I can go do what I love. Embrace each road you travel on, and keep rolling under the stars.
With that being said, I’ll see you in December Thailand.