Travelling to the Bigger and Better. We chip away in the pursuit of success and happiness.
[one_half padding=”0 15px 0 15px”]There is something magically daunting about travel. Real travel, not the short visit a town over, rather the pursuit of something different an ocean over.
It can actually do more for you as a person than just add a pin on your ‘Places I’ve Been’ board. Travelling will open your eyes to the vastness of the world. The truth is, it takes you out of your comfort zone, into new time zones, forcing you to adjust your watch and maybe even your perspective. Not to be too scholastic, but I read something worth sharing on the very point of perspective. John Lehrer’s The Observe described experience as the key to seeing duality in things. Say, for instance, after a meal you leave food on the plate. In China, this is a signifier of respect, as your host has fed you well. In North America, this could be misconstrued as the food not being good enough to finish. Experiencing cultural contrasts mean that seasoned travelers are willing to accept the realization that there are different (and equally valid) ways of interpreting the world.[/one_half] [one_half_last padding=”0 15px 0 15px”] It seems weird to think that you may not know yourself. I remember my dad sitting me down after I hinted to him that I wanted to marry my first serious girlfriend. He said to me, “Boy, you don’t even know what you like”. I thought to myself, “How can I not know what I like?” This question stuck with me. How did I know what I liked if I hadn’t experienced anything else?
To have a constant flow of new experiences and challenges that can assist in shaping you as a person. That is the goal.
We need perspective before we can truly see ourselves and come to understand what it is we really want or need.
Travel, for the sake of experience can act as the catalyst to your self-actualization.
The only way to expand our thinking is to expand our horizons- most literally by traveling.
*Comment below and let us know how travelling has affected your life*[/one_half_last]