Carpe diem & repeat!
So, I've been between houses, between countries and between jobs for the past 4 months or so. This period of excitement and instability has been the scariest and but equally the most liberating time of my life. I've had to let go of who I thought I was or who I thought I should be and channel my energy into living in the moment. One thing that everyone tells you about travel is how amazing it is and how it is such a great opportunity to learn more about yourself, while this is true, what many people do not tell you is how confusing it can be. On top of the logistics - planning your stay, planning your finances and all the other stressfull admin like sorting out visas and travel insurance - you have this insane pressure to make the most of your time and to do as much as you can in as little time as possible. The upside of travelling alone is that you're the captain of your own ship and you get to do exactly what you want, when you want. You're also insanely out of your comfort zone and all your senses are heightened because you know that no-one 'has your back'. The upside is that you meet a lot of interesting people and you make friends you otherwise would not have made if you already had company.
Instead of thinking of it as paying for the plane ticket or the hotel room, think of it as paying for stories. All those random and weird things that happen to you, all the amazing and exciting things you see, the interesting food, the cultural differences, the changes in perceptions.....all of those, make your experiences richer and make your life fuller. These things shape you and help you tell your story.
The world is big and scary but at the same time it is small and rich with new experiences. A very important lesson I've learnt is that you can choose to make your life interesting, meaningful, full of growth and excitement wherever you are. All you have to do is open yourself up to change now and then, allow yourself to be shaped by the people and the world around you and seize every damn opportunity around you. Seize every opportunity to learn, to change, to grow, to live the life you want to live. Carpe diem, my friends.