Start Getting To Where You Are Going
The first thing I saw when I pulled up my Twitter account today was a quote tweeted by this smarty pants that read:
“You know your DREAM IS REAL if you can’t go a day without thinking about.”
This coincides perfectly with what I have been itching to write about today. You guessed it, my current dream. You see, before I started this blog I had an epiphany of sorts. I am young, single, child free, and at least smarter than a fourth grader (those fifth graders are tough to beat). Why am I still twiddling my thumbs in the same spot I’ve been twiddling for 23 years? Boom. The drive to explore new places hatched, and my wheels began turning at dangerous speeds… at least during the honeymoon stage of this epiphany. After the initial excitement of the eureka wore off a bit, I really logically asked myself that same question. No, really why not yet? Here is how I worked it out in my head:
Reason 1: Strict parents didn’t approve of much freedom to travel while in school, because I would surely be abducted by scoundrels and sold in to slavery with all other blonde hair blue-eyed Americans ever to step foot outside of Louisiana. I could not argue, because I was still feeding from the silver spoon if you catch my drift.
Reason 2: Obviously school — although, I did get approval to study abroad in Florence for six weeks towards the end of my time in undergrad. I didn’t go. The amount of regrets I have in my life thus far are counted on merely one hand. This is the absolute number one regret. I’ll just say this: Never, and I mean NEVER discard an opportunity for travel abroad, especially while you are in school. This will be the easiest opportunity to travel that you will get. Just do it. Most importantly, NEVER turn this kind of thing down for a boyfriend/girlfriend or anyone for that matter (unfortunately I am speaking from experience). If someone is in your life for the long haul, six weeks in Europe is nothing, and they will be there waiting for you when you get back. And hey, that makes one less thing you will resent him/her for after you get married, right? (It is a joke. Laugh.)
Reason 3: Fear.
Reason 4: Lack of money.
Now that I am officially a currency attaining adult making my own rules (that still sounds a bit odd), and I have finally snapped myself out of that anxious fear the world and live in a bubble stage, the only obstacle left is money. At first, I was looking at this issue with the completely wrong mindset. I have always lived pretty comfortably thanks to a couple of mad, wicked, super awesome parents (I’m kissing ass a little there), and the pure luck of landing a generously paying entry-level job after college. In fact, my first residence after starting my job was a two bedroom two bath rent house all to myself, and with a yard to boot. I went a little nuts buying furniture and lawn decor to fill the space. Soon, I realized something that should have been as apparent as a clown at a funeral. I don’t need even half of this to be comfortable and happy.
So, I downsized to a less assuming apartment, got rid of some fluff, and started thinking of ways to cut costs. I realized that I have to be at ease with the idea that in order to get where I want to go, I may have to start from scratch once I get there. If you don’t have a lot of cash saved up, look at what you do have. I love my pristine flat screen TV, yet I canceled my cable services. My couches and antique hutch look like they are created for the sole purpose of occupying my abode, yet the cushions have no indention and the hutch is gathering dust. How does this make any sense? It doesn’t. Therefore, these items will most likely be sold when the time comes. I used to not believe those people I envied for just picking up and moving when they told me, “Where there is a will, there is a way”. I’m starting to come around.
The quote from the beginning of this post hit me like a refreshing burst from the sprinkler in the summer. I was recognizing my dream of somewhere new as real. I have thought about it everyday for months. My friends surely think I am obsessed. Not only that, but I have made observable steps towards that dream goal. While I am confident I am headed well in the right direction, my patience is draining like the air out of a pin popped balloon. Impatience is boiling over the pot. Fortunately in the mean time, I will at least get to appease my impatience with a few trips. Colorado, Florida, and Massachusetts. I will certainly be sharing the details of those adventures as they unfold. Now, If I could just find some kind of time machine …
Start getting to where you are going…even if it isn’t a place on a map, and even if it simply a start. Life is a process.
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- Top Five Study Abroad Destinations from Let’s Go Travel Guides (prweb.com)
- Can’t Study Abroad? 5 Ways to Nonetheless Feed the Travel Bug (diycollegeprep.wordpress.com)
- Financial Support (for Study Abroad) (education.com)
Posted on April 10, 2012, in Adventures, Home, Inspirational, Travel and tagged Advice, blog, Boston, Colorado, dream, Finance, Florida, goals, humor, inspirational, life, massachusetts, Money, New, Saving, study abroad, Travel, twitter, WordPress. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.