When Travel is Exasperating

There are definitely times when you are traveling that you may want to throw in the towel, to give up, to just have someone to tell you where to go and what to do and not have to do all the footwork for yourself. But that’s not what I’m talking about.

I’m talking about when all you want to do is travel, but you’re not. When you just want to get away. When the idea of new horizons is absolutely intoxicating. The thought of walking new streets takes your breath away. Hiking new trails and exploring new paths makes your heart race. Finding that perfect spot to sit and not do anything. To simply be filled up once again by the unknown and the beauty in this world.

So maybe the problem is I am feeling the opposite of that. Maybe I am feeling all poured out. Out of motivation. Out of resolve. Out of energy. Out of any desire to be here. So why am  I?

I recently read a blog post about not saying you’re jealous. Because ultimately, instead of being jealous, we should evaluate our lives and where we are, where we want to be, and what steps we are taking to get there. Jealousy is saying someone else is where you want to be. But when you think of it, who is keeping you from being in that very place yourself? If it is truly where we want to be, an experience we want to have, we will put in the footwork, and investment to get there.

I am feeling jealous. I want to be so many other places. I don’t want to be where I am. I want to be exploring. I don’t mind if I get lost, but I don’t want to be lost here. I don’t want to be lost in the day to day and not see the big picture. I don’t want to let the things I am doing keep me from doing the things I am called to do. I don’t want the weariness of the day to day keep me from pressing towards the goal.

And it’s not always (more often than not it isn’t) easy. But it is so worth doing. I love travel. I love the prep work. I love the highs and the lows. I love the pictures, the stories, the change. I love the empowering feeling of reaching the place, the feeling, the dream, of a journey. Really truly being able to experience something uninhibited by anyone else’s opinion or history. I love feeling new landscapes beneath my feet and having my eyes opened anew as though for the very first time.

Some truly amazing things have happened in my life lately. I don’t want even those fantastic things to make my passions and desires take a back seat. Rather, I want to let them shape me and move me to see things differently than before. I believe that the things I am passionate about were put in me to be pursued in a way that nobody else can. Every person is different from the next with different history, opinions, experiences, outlook. Each person can make a unique affect, one that no one else in this world can.

I am writing this because I need to be reminded of it just as much as I think it needs to heard. Do something you’re passionate about, something you believe in. Put in the hard work for something that you believe is truly great. And surround yourself with people who encourage you toward those things. Even more importantly, be that kind of person to the people around you. Be the one that encourages the people in your life to be who they were made to be.

 

Does not traveling ever exasperate you? What are your travel goals? 

 

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