“To travel is to live”
By: Hans Christian Andersen .
I’m sorry Mr. Andersen but i disagree and here is why. So, to me traveling is such a strange thing. When I was young we didn’t have money to travel but both my parents were from other countries so I grew up knowing there was more to this world then the small town i was raised in. I also grew up dying to see and understand it all. I had a curiosity that was Ferocious about humans and I still do! This curiosity ate at me for years while I was broke and couldn’t afford plane tickets. But then once I started to travel I started to notice I was never really calm and content where I was. I was Always wanting to learn and see more humans, understand more religions, ceremonies, cathedral, museums, foods and hear different languages. Then one day it hit me, (I’ll never forget, I was in Thailand on the island of Koh Phi Phi) that I wasn’t living in the “present” moment therefore I wasn’t seeing that I was already in IT all on the earth living. I was so busy wanting more and to see more, so busy being inpatient that I hadn’t taken the time to just stop and be still. I hadn’t taken a breath. I hadn’t really dove in and rooted myself down into my existence. Like Hans Christian Andersen I also believed if I kept traveling I’d be “living”. Which is one side of the truth but it is also just as true to stay home and build a family or business and not travel. That is “living” too! Or to not explore but to enjoy where you are at this very moment.
I see so much travel on Instagram and I love it because it’s makes people so much more open minded and we are slowly become one human race inch by inch but I also wanna share a not-so-popular message that, NOT traveling is just as beautiful and just as much considered living as anything you do.
No matter how you cut it living is living. Cliffside’s are beautiful but raising children and sacrificing travel for them to be in the same school every year or building your dream business from the ground up is just as beautiful! I mean quiet literally If air is coming in and out of those lungs still, that means your still in the game and we must appreciate every second of it!