“Believe in yourself and you can do anything.” Or “Put your mind to something and you can accomplish it.” Or “Reach for they sky!”
These maxims are to graduation and motivational speeches as Pachelbel’s is to wedding processions. Americans are told to reach for their dreams, that anything is possible. In the Western world, blessedly more than other places, this is true, we have the opportunity to make our dreams come true. Then, why, pray tell, are we selling ourselves short on our travel dreams?
In the realm of travel dreams – experiencing places you’ve always wanted to visit -the maxims read more like, “When I’m retired, I’ll travel” or “I’d always love to, but just don’t have the time with my job/mortgage/family/Facebook addiction.” The teenagers within us who listened to those graduation speeches and believed them, would be ashamed. When did we start to believe that 10 days a year was enough to see the world? When did we even allow the idea of a “staycation” to enter our vocabulary? In the realm of travel maxims, the messages are clear: stay the course of churn and earn – living your travel dreams is a risky bet.
Naysayers may naysay, as they tend to do, that in this economy and “with the recession” that it’s no time to go fartin’ around dreaming, much less traveling. But what was the most recent recession fueled by? It was the pursuit of a collective American dream of home ownership at any price. If anything this recession taught most of us how ill-suited this particular dream was and how, perhaps, we are a little more relieved with less, not more.
This is the perfect time to let go and travel! Let go of others’ dreams and see the world – open your sight and mind to how others are living their lives. Connect through all that juicy humanity and bigness out there.
Three years ago, I decided to live my travel dreams, spurned on by a picture of the Taj Mahal in a travel magazine. It was about leaving one life behind and beginning…just beginning to follow my heart around the world. Everything fell into place…a trip to India, consulting gigs to pay for travel, dreams realized in Egypt and Jordan, more consulting gigs to pay for more travel, back to India, Southeast Asia, and Europe… All because I decided it was time to embrace, absorb, and breathe my wanderlust.
So this is your pep talk, your graduation speech refresh to live your travel dreams. You can do it! You can do anything you set your mind to, especially if your mind is already on that hike to Machu Pichu, climbing on a camel to the Pyramids, or feasting on pasta in Rome.
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“Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?”