Travel is more than a state of mind. It creates your mind, shapes, molds, chisels it—if you let it. If you accept the excitement, the anxiety, the joy, the discomfort, the adventure, the fear, all that embraces and batters you as you set off for unfamiliar shores, states, wherever.
The world and its people are magical and limitless, and they are cruel and sad. There is no escaping this world. So instead you shape the world. You scatter dust here and there, sending little particles into the air. You fling your cobwebs around you as you trudge. The filaments take hold, binding you to places, stretching. Never breaking but setting you free and tying you down at once.
You see, travel makes you small, vulnerable. You may ache for a place and its people who you’ll rarely—if ever—see again. They may heal you but they’ll open a new wound. You’ll gaze at these scars infinitely. There is a dull tug at your chest. But it’s a happy one.
This is what makes you a better person. You begin to understand what’s real, as it is. You learn all that you haven’t yet learned—and may never will. But you’ll be closer, closer. Curiosity and open-mindedness feed on exploration, and they are never satiated. This hunger makes you grow.
You move. You seek revelations and fun and everything in between. This development, once learned, cannot be abandoned—you need to practice, because the fissures that widen in your mind, that absorb what you see, now know, may shrink back. And you want to continue, fly on.
So you must always look. Observe and learn, actively. Hold the knowledge, the feelings you gather; squeeze them tight so the imprints remain. Never let them go. You’ll walk stronger. You’ll be more.
Once you go looking, you already went.
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You write so beautifully, and this is so brilliantly true of my own experience. I left my country with wounds to heal, and found myself back here again this year with both fresh wounds and a fresh definition of what a wound is. I ‘ache’ for travel! What a strange and endlessly exciting world we live in, na?
Thanks so much for the kind words! You’re so right – as we travel, we learn about different kinds of wounds and aches and they’re not all bad. The world is definitely weird, wonderful, and great.
I really really enjoyed this. You write really well, and I tend to love any sort of manifesto. They always seem so powerful and inspiring.
I like your attitude about life. I can’t wait to get on the road myself. Soon….just not soon enough!
Thanks! I hope you can get on the road soon (though it is almost never soon enough, haha).
THIS. This is truly wonderful.
The way you write is inspiring.
Aw, thanks so much!
Wow!!! I really enjoyed this!!! I have always believed that we can learn so much from our fellow man when we open our eyes and hearts. Just making simple observations can change your whole life or some part of it. Beautifully written.
I am so glad you enjoyed and yes – opening up is one of the most important things we can do.
This is so very true. I believe people need to be open to experience in order to grow. :)
This gave me chills to read. You’re outlook is incredible and you’ve described the aching and longing for places and people perfectly. I’ve recently begun traveling and I know that aching feeling, and the imprints a place and its people can leave on you.Safe travels and hope you reach all of you goals for the year as well, they’re good ones!
Wow, what a nice comment! Thanks so much! Safe travels and best wishes to you as well.
I just found your blog and I cant wait to read more. I love to travel and I agree its such a wonderful way to observe, learn, and grow as a person. Thank you.
Thanks! I hope you will enjoy reading.
Love this piece. Beautiful writing. I understand that feeling of having a curiosity that keeps growing. I wrote a similar piece on why I have the desire to travel which follows along those same lines. If you are interested in looking at it you can find it here. http://www.thewildtrekexperience.com/vision/
I’m going to keep exploring your blog!
Thanks so much! Your piece is great too – thanks for sharing.
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