You’ve traversed through mountains and hacked your way through jungle. You’ve been to places other people will never know and seen things you can never fully explain. But what does it all mean? Were you just running away from something the whole time, escaping reality?
In my case, I think, I did run. But I didn’t run away from life, I ran towards it.
When I was in my final years of high school, I remember dreaming of travel. Of getting out of this place and discovering for myself what the world was like.
In school, they teach you about famous people who did extraordinary things, about animals and the natural world, about history both ancient and modern, about culture, politics and language. But I never liked reading or hearing about them all that much.
I wanted to experience them. I wanted to do things that I thought were extraordinary, see the natural world and its wonders with my own eyes, learn about other languages by speaking them, experience cultures by living in them and forge my own way through history.
I ran towards a life that was unique, full of adventure, uncertainty, extreme ups and downs and constant discovery. A life that wasn’t defined by money or status but by the richness and diversity of my experiences.
Experiences, to me, are what’s most important, because when the final curtain is drawn and the finale of our life has been played, we are but a passing fable. So, make that fable a legendary one, one that you would be proud to tell.
To me, travel is not about escape, or at least it shouldn’t be. It’s about being curious about the world and yourself and acting on that curiosity to see what’s on the other side of it. It’s for those who want to push boundaries and discover new frontiers of mind and place.
So, if someone tells you to “come back to reality” or “stop running away from life”. Tell them, that you wanted to experience all the world had to offer and that the world was just too grand to stay in one place. Tell them, that there are too many lives yet to live, people yet to meet and places yet to discover. Tell them, that running towards a life that was unique and meaningful to you was the best thing you ever did.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less travelled by. And that has made all the difference.Robert Frost