A year has passed, a year without all the comforts I associate with being home.
But… what is home?
The four walls I surrounded myself with?
They’re not my own, not my home!
If home is four walls then surely it could be anywhere. Every place I visited so far, my accommodation has been referred to as “home”.
Day at the beach… “are we heading home now”?
Road trip… “will be nice to be back home, in my own bed”.
And what about ‘Friends & Family’ the never ending cycle of communication to ensure relationships are not lost.
In a world now plagued with technology, what excuse could millennials muster for a lack of communication with loved ones.
But does all this even matter?
If family are safe n well and so too are friends then what need do We have to call everyday to “Check-in”?
My family and friends know that should I encounter any trouble on my adventure then they would be the first people I’d turn to. So I see no problem with, “taking a break” from the Modern Warfare of social media.
Notice the world, the amazing wonders and the awe inspiring visuals it offers. Let them soak into your being, allowing yourself to be open to the truth, the world is far greater than we can begin to comprehend.
You do this and you see that we are visitors, we are allowed only a small window of time in this life, on this Earth.
My original goal was to go as far away as possible and only that.
My new goal is to find the longest, most exciting and thought provoking route back. My hope is that one day I find a place that I can call a forever home, and a person with whom I want to share that with.
Over this next year I will put together a plan on how I will undertake this mammoth task. I’ll work hard, play harder but save as best I ever have.
I have a list of things I’d love to do but now realise, to witness the true wonders of the world… we have to let go of other ideas. For example to jump from a plane, you’re looking at big $bucks$, yet climbing to the top of a mountain range, often you can do that for free (if you got the gear).
The people I’ve met, the memories made, the new experiences and personal development gained from this past year, have far surpassed any expectation that I had.
I left the UK with the mindset that I’m not lucky, I’ve worked very hard for a very long time to get to where I am today. Truth be told… I’m very lucky, of course I wouldn’t be where I am now without hard work, dedication, courage and a splash of perseverance. However I am lucky to have had an opportunity to experience what life has to offer outside the comforts I associate with being home… lucky to have had the opportunity to see the world from a different view (quite literally upside down and the other way around)
I’m also very lucky to have met every single person I have over the past year, be that good or bad.
The final thing I’d like to say, to mark the end of my first year is this…
If you are questioning yourself, whether it is:
“am I in the right job”
“Should I be with that person”
“I’m not sure I’d be able to travel alone”
“I’m too old to travel”
What ever it is that may be holding you back, let go!
If you don’t like the job you have then make alternative arrangements and leave.
If there is someone you’ve had your eye on for a while now, ask them out. What do you have to lose if they weren’t with you anyway.
If it’s more travel orientated for example you can’t travel alone or you feel your too old, life is about taking risks… it’s about pushing yourself beyond your perceived capabilities. Only you can change your life.
I changed mine and it wasn’t easy, but I’m in a much better place both mentally and literally.
Be the best version of you.
My year in pictures