I hope I’m not the only one who feels this way but I have this incredible urge to travel. Quit my job, sell my stuff and hit the road. Travel from place to place, saving enough money to reach my next destination. Exploring the world and gaining new perspectives, seeing the world through others eyes, learning from different cultures, appreciating mother nature and be inspired.
I am torn between settling down or acting on my urge to travel. I have learned and experienced contentment in my current life. I know that no matter where you are at you can feel happiness. Whether in my home alone with my cats or on the beach of the Pacific. It’s not where you are at that matters, it’s the quality of your thoughts.
However, after knowing this and experiencing this, I still can’t seem to shake this feeling nor do I want to run away or chase my inspiration. In reality it is me who lacks inspiration. I have seemed to block out what is in front of me, the simple things that I once loved. So the question remains, to act or not to act, go big or go home. I know this is a feeling that I often battle with and I know that it will never leave.
I know that I will always crave more inspiration, to see more and learn more. Learning to balance that craving is important for a creative person like me. Being inspired with what I have, experiencing what I can without constantly chasing the urge. Without completely starting over from scratch, but yet enhance what I currently have and build upon it. Create something grand with what I’ve already started.
If you are like me and every so often get the urge to pick up and go, what I have realized is that usually this means I have lost focus on what matters to me and I simply feel uninspired, bored and unhappy with myself and what I am doing about it. There are many ways to regain focus, it’s up to you to choose what feels right and what you need. It’s important to realize what is driving this urge . “It is brave to seek out adventure. It is good to be open-minded and to let other people, places and experiences into your life. In terms of growing as a person, these new experiences are assets. But it is beneficial to recognize the difference between escaping to grow up and escaping because you’re giving up.” Kiah Cato
“The real journey of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in seeing with new eyes.” Marcel Proust
“You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.” – Ernest Hemingway