“Lost in Traveling”.. Something so simple but yet it means the world to me. It’s something that saved my life.. Gave me the will to wake up every morning. Made me into the person I am today..
Traveling has taught me so many life lessons that I am forever grateful for but if there’s one thing I had to single out it’s how it taught me how to live again. To do more than just exist. It’s the reason I wake up happy every morning and go to sleep with the same smile, day in and day out.
Several years ago I was going through the hardest time of my life. I was recently deployed to the middle east, divorced, lost a few friends, and suffering from depression/anxiety. My will to live wasn’t there. I might as well of been a zombie. At this point in my life the world has kicked me down, spit on me, and might as well of threw me in the grave. That was it for me. I had no reason to wake up in the morning. The depression eventually got so bad that I attempted suicide and if it wasn’t for a close friend of mine saving me(you know who you are) I highly doubt I’d be here today..
I decided it was time for a change. A much needed vacation, an escape from reality! But I had no one to go with.. So I went alone. I booked a trip to Morocco, Portugal, and Spain by myself. Leading up to the trip I was scared. I didn’t know what to expect. I almost didn’t get on that flight to leave, but I took the jump and stepped out of my comfort zone.. And what a jump it was!
When I left I didn’t know who I was anymore. I was lost. Mentally, emotionally, and physically.. It wasn’t till I found myself wondering around the streets of Marrakech completely lost and right then and there it hit me. Even though I was completely lost in a foreign country with no cell service, I was the happiest I’ve been in months! Nothing else mattered in the world besides going out and making new experiences. Stepping out of that comfort zone and living life to the fullest!
Sometimes when you lose your way, you find yourself and It was at that moment that I truly found myself. I spent so long worrying about others and what they thought of me that I got off track of who I truly was deep down inside. I realized what was important and what isn’t. I learned to care less about what others thought of me and more about what I thought of myself. I realized how far I’ve come and remembered when I thought things were such a mess that I’d never recover. I couldn’t help but smile because I was truly proud of myself and the person I fought to be!
When I came home from that trip I was a changed man. I knew that there was more to life then just working, paying bills, and dying. I decided to change the way I live.. Like each day was my last and to the fullest. Traveling changed me for the best. Today I am the happiest I ever been. I have people I hardly ever spoken to message me and say how happy I look and how much I’m loving life and living it up. It’s such a great feeling knowing how far I came and the obstacles I had to go through just to be here today. All it took was taking that jump and traveling solo!
In the world through which I travel I am endlessly creating myself. Venturing out alone renews your spirit in the most positive way. It changes your energy, your perspective of the world, the way you view others and the way you view yourself. You become a bit more fearless and more confident in your abilities to figure things out on your own. Leaving your comfort zone is good for you. Traveling solo gives you the kind of healthy push you need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. You learn to embrace being around unfamiliar places, people and all of the challenges that will present itself on the road.There’s so much to learn about the world. Seeing and exploring some of the most beautiful places will leave you speechless. Experiencing different cultures and ways of life that make each place so special is a unique experience within.
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending” – C. S. Lewis