What was your biggest victory this year?
For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories. -Plato
My older brother has always been the fastest runner in our family. And growing up I used to never even attempt to race him (even as I got faster and more athletic) because I was afraid of attempting something, trying my best, and losing.
Recently I had the most interesting conversation with a new friend I made on the road. She asked why I go on these adventures? What am I looking for in these places I go?
I said, where I live is such a bubble and I'm trying to get out of the bubble and see what's on the other side of the curtain. Whenever I go somewhere new I learn about a new place but more importantly about myself. I want to see myself more clearly.
I guess if i am being honest, one of my biggest fears is living a life and finding out in my old age I did it wrong. But one of my biggest comforts on these journeys has been realizing there is no one way to do anything, and that includes life.
I do not want the adventure of my life to be a thing I never attempted.
The things that make you happy, do them.
The dreams you have, chase them.
The memories you make, cherish them.
And do not let fear of failure stop you.
You are alive, and that is a victory in itself.