“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow” — Anita Desai
Traveling can be viewed as an escape — escape from the work and responsibilities and obligations from life. You can put all your worries away and pretend it’s not there. Instead of stressing about your daily life, you get to experience something different from your routines and the familiar. You expand your world through being exposed to different people, mentalities, cultures and customs, cuisines, art, music, surroundings, etc. I’ve realized that the more I travel, the more I see how big the world is, and the more it increases my deep need to travel. The desire to see the world is as if it was embedded in my DNA. I feel so grateful, excited, and expansive each time I step foot off the plane in another city.
Yah, it can be used as an escape, but it can also be used as a tool of self-discovery as well. Traveling can enhance who you truly are — your positive and negative qualities or your influence and problems. It all depends on your intention and your mindset. It is YOU that makes travel what it is. Choose how you want to travel.
What I learned while I started jet setting the world is that I actually felt more myself. When I travel, I don’t have to carry any of my old personas or expectations of who I should be when I’m home with friends and family. It’s like I can be anyone I want to be since no one really knows me (one of the benefits of solo traveling). I am me — it’s just that certain people and particular situations just enhance elements of my personality. We all naturally and unconsciously do that.
This past year I’ve been trying to figure out who my core self truly is without those triggers. It’s given me the space to do a lot of self-reflection. I get to experiment as well and try on different personas to see whether it’s a part of me I’ve ignored or someone I want to be. Deep down, I want to be a better person, so I can make a greater impact in the world. I don’t what to hide any parts of myself anymore or pretend to be in a certain way because it pleases others. Plus, as I continue to work on myself, I am not the same person I used to be either.
I’ve found that this process of self-discovery is not only fascinating but also addicting. It’s amazing to learn how and why I think or act in a certain way. If I don’t like the thought/behavior, I know I have the ability to modify it to who I want to be instead. It’s these little evolutions and seeing my progress that keeps me motivated and addicted to growth. And it makes me see what I used to tolerate but choose not to accept any more.
It’s through this process of self-discovery that I’ve found my purpose. I thought by finding my purpose, I would find myself, but it was the other way around. As I continued to polish my core self, more of what makes me happy and what drives me shine through. It then allows me to gain more clarity on how I can make a difference.
I am truly grateful for my ability and opportunities to travel. I do attribute traveling to be a major influential fact that has allowed me to get to where I am now. I am also so grateful for all the people I’ve met all over the world who I can proudly call my friends today. But know that you don’t need to travel to do all this either. You have to find what works for you. Travel was what I needed to do for myself. Your results are completely tied to your own mindset and how you need to approach changing it.
Happy Earth Day! Take advantage of traveling to see all the beauty this world has to offer, along with discovering who you are, if you so choose.