If I can share the most important lesson I've learned up to this point it is this: don't let the voice or opinions of society / others , drown out what your heart desires. If you want something in life , break out of your normal fucking routine and go after it. Remember that you don't have to be doing what everyone else is doing because 9 times out of 10 if you are doing what they're doing, you will be average . Escape the thinking that you're to old to change careers or to travel or that you need to be settled down and married with kids or this or that etc etc etc.
When I first sold all my possessions in 2010 and left to travel the World, some thought I was nuts , but what they really couldn't comprehend is that I didn't care about a life of routine and conformity , I had enough of that in the US Marines . I vowed years ago that never again would I do shit I hate, that if I wasn't excited in what I was doing each day when I woke up, then I wouldn't do it. Life is to short to do shit you hate.
I traveled far and wide, I have so much gratitude for all the amazing people I've met around this World , some who have become closer than family to me, some who have become my mentors , for the romances I've had and also the heartbreaks .... I'm thankful for it all because it's shaped me in a way I would have never imagined for my life as a young boy growing up in Kansas City in a super conservative family.
Why do I find such love for travel and the nomadic lifestyle ? Because it has changed my life in so many positive ways that I couldn't even begin to put into words here , I would need an entire book. Travel has taught me more than all my young schooling, my 4 years in the Marines , my undergrad and grad school combined. There are lessons and understandings in life that can only be gained through experiencing time abroad.
Remember those things you always wanted to do ? Well one day you will wake up and it will be to late. DO THEM NOW !
(Picture : Summer in Brussels, Belgium, - July 2016)