19 March 2015

all i know

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Some people call me brave for following my dreams, some call me foolish. Most days, I don't know which side to agree with.

"What do you want to be when you grow up?", they would say. To this, I never had an answer. "Where would you most like to travel to?", they would ask. To this, my response would turn into a conversation that would last hours.

Doesn't that mean something? Shouldn't that matter? A lot of the time, when people would ask me what I want to do with my life, I would tell them that the only thing I know for certain is that I want to see as much of this world as possible. If that's all I've ever known, shouldn't that be what I'm doing?

I'm young. Someday, when I'm old and wrinkled, no one's going to care if I took one or two or six years off of school to travel the world and do what I want. When I'm old and wrinkled, no one's going to tell me that I should have done things differently. No one's going to tell me that those experiences and these memories weren't worth it. That I should have forced myself to go to college right after high school even though I knew for a fact that I wouldn't make it.

Travelling is what makes me feel alive. When I can't sleep at night, I make lists upon lists of all the places I'd like to go. I search for accommodation in Peru, for flights from New Zealand to Australia. I think of myself in those places, the photos I'll take, the memories I'll make. It calms me, it excites me! There's so much of this world to see. There's so much adventuring to be had. I don't want to wait until I have a steady career before I go out and do what I want to do most. I want to do it now, while I'm young, while I'm free.

Some people call me brave for following my dreams, some call me foolish. All I know is that I want to see as much of this world as possible. All I know is that there's no better time to do it.

4 comments :

  1. You're right. None of that will matter in the end. Live your life in a way that you wake up smiling most days. And if you need accommodations in Peru, you can always stay with me!

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    1. Aaaah, does this mean you're moving there??? That's so exciting! :)

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  2. Eventually, but not for a few more years. I want to finish school first!
    But when I go, I stay with my aunt or cousin, and they both have plenty of room to add another guest! (Seriously, they have 3 free bedrooms!) It sounds super awkward, I'm sure, but if you're really considering it, and I'm there at the same time, I'd be happy to show you around, have you stay with me, travel around, etc.!

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    1. That sounds amazing! It's not a trip I'm planning in the immediate future, but I would love to visit someday, so if you're there when I do end up going and the offer still stands, I would love that! :)

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