How travel will make and break you

Travel isn’t always a pleasant experience. As with many life experiences, such as graduating, landing a new job and getting married, there is a dark side to everything.

I’ve spent the last year and a half away from home. Many of these months have been spent exploring new landscapes, having intimate cultural experiences, and having self revelations through sometimes harsh lessons.

It’s doesn’t always feel like the ideal dream life that my instagram posts seem to show. Yes, I visit places, and they’re wonderful, but that’s only shows a small portion of the reality of the “ideal dream life”,  the tip of the iceberg so to speak.

You will have experiences that will make or break you. You will witness things that will break your heart. You will forge friendships and lose them. You will have experiences that will make you question all the choices you’ve made in your life up until this very point. You will find out that the world won’t cater to your needs, the world doesn’t owe you anything, and you have to work hard for your goals and sometimes you will fail and fall deep. Sometimes so deep that you will feel like you have hit rock bottom. And these are the kinds of experiences that will break you and remake you.

You will be broken, but it’s only in these deep pits of dispair that you will cultivate the strength and inspiration to stand up again and climb out.

Along my path in life, with my many experiences through travel and not travelling, I have learnt that suffering is a blessing. It teaches you the value of life. It broadens your perception to the world outside of just you. It crushes your ego, and it destroys you. It teaches you to be grateful. Happiness is dependent upon many factors and circumstances, but the idea is to be content with where you are, and it’s not always easy. You need a roof over your head, food in your fridge, and income and a comfortable place to sleep, and these are just the basic needs that cultivate the way to happiness. If you have those, it is up to you and whatever inner demons you have, whatever battles you are fighting, to find your balance of being content with where you are. Live in the moment and be grateful for your current circumstances. There is always someone out there who has it worse than you.

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