“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen
1- You mean there’s more to life than what I was told?
My first long term, slow, solo-travel adventure was a pivotal life experience for me. It was the first time I realized that you can truly create your own life. That there are more options than automatically following the track of: get a house, a 9-5 and collect a bunch of objects. In fact, I discovered that there were people all over the world who were living full and happy lives completely outside of that structure. Not only that, I also realized you create your own life on an emotional level, as well. I realized this because my travels, adventures and path were unfolding in front of me based directly on my energy and actions. Each day was free and open in front of me. The openness of my life highlighted how much was my choice and creation; what happened to me, what I experiences I had and how I chose to respond to them.
2- What it feels like to be in flow.
There is a book in positive psychology called Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, in which it is revealed that what makes people happy and genuinely satisfied is a state of being called “flow”. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life.
As I traveled, I felt that flow. Once you know what it feels like to be going in the right direction, you can’t go back to not knowing. Once you know what it feels like to be on the right path and what it feels like to be on the wrong path, you have knowledge that can help guide you for the rest of your life.
3- How to be more yourself.
When you are living in routine, it’s easy to hide. You don’t need to ask for directions. You don’t have questions about local sites and activities. If it’s a work day, you aren’t particularly excited about the day ahead. Often, moving through the same environment and routine, you can shut down into autopilot. When I traveled, I learned how to speak up, how to push myself, in new situations and with new people. I got practice in opening up and sharing in an energy exchange with the world and people around me.