There was a deep restlessness within me.
A primal fear that I would fall prey to a life less than what I was called for.
Less than what I was meant for.
A life of routine and mediocrity.
I fantasized about adventure.
Exploration. About travelling and discovery.
About weaving my way in-between worlds different than my own.
Being fiercely alive and creatively free.
Some people travel for a week or two for a quick break from the mundane and stressful life back home.
An escape from reality.
Tourists, I believe they are called.
Others take to the road extensively by choice.
Renouncing materialism, traditional jobs and university degrees in exchange for a glimmer of adventure.
That is exactly what I did. Leaving behind my highly paying corporate management position in a large financial company, and with it my possessions and my old life.
Leaving everything behind.
We sacrifice external comforts in exchange for the space to explore a creative interior- to dream, to create, to move, to read, to write, to paint, to photograph, to work on passionate projects and other nobel pursuits.
And then to dream some more.
We hit the open road as a means of life.
And of liberation.
When asked why we do what we do,
Fellow Travelers and I often respond with a single word–>
✈ We follow our heart
✈ We free ourselves from labels
✈ We choose to follow our own path
✈ We love getting lost in the right direction
✈ We willingly relinquish control
✈ We trade a role for reality
✈ We embrace the unfamiliar
✈ We pursue that which brings us most alive
✈ We despise routine, monotony and the mundane
✈ We prefer not to have the rest of our lives planned out
✈ We are endlessly creating ourselves in the world through which we travel
✈ We are forced to trust our instinct
✈ We are filled with awe at the vast beauty of the world
✈ We trust openly
✈ We sacrifice the comforts of home for the excitement of the unknown
✈ We live a life that is driven by authenticity and purpose as opposed to the opinions and expectations of others
✈ We own only what we carry instead of accumulating junk
✈ We are ok with a loss of control
✈ We choose to deal with our fears and insecurities as they surface instead of covering it up
✈ We get a thrill from real-life discovery
✈ We are reliant on the kindness and generosity of strangers
✈ We live for experiences not possessions
✈ We refuse to wait until retirement to start living
✈ We choose to follow our own path even when society demands we conform to the repeated and recycled life of education-job-marriage-debt-retirement-die
✈ We consciously choose never to settle
✈ We live with eyes wide open instead of taking the safe route and sleep-walking through life
✈ We search for better questions, not answers
✈ We break the rules
✈ We choose a life of meaning over a materialism
✈ We are the dreamers
✈ We are addicted to that gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown
✈ We live for freedom
✈ We go on real-life adventures
✈ We, sometimes, choose never to come back
… (My) ode to fellow travellers
Whether you are currently traveling long-term or not is of secondary concern. If most of these resonate with you on a soul level, you have the mindset of a real traveler and this one’s for you.
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Do you consider yourself a traveller in the true sense of the word? What else would you add to this list?
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Stay bold, keep exploring,
– – ✈ Rai