Leave home. Say goodbye. Chau. Ciao. Adios. Au revoir. Auf Wiedersehen. さようなら. Allow connection in disconnection. Don’t let the grass grow under your feet.
Pack light. Too much baggage slows us down (I tell myself this every time I try and pack my entire closet.) Don’t attempt to protect yourself from every possible risk. What we lose in comfort, we gain in freedom.
Smile often. : ) People are drawn to happiness. You never know when you can turn somebody else’s day around with a simple smile. I like to think happiness is contagious.
Go the distance. Extraordinary things happen when you go far. A limit means the end of one thing, but the beginning of another. Exceed those limits every time.
Take the road Les traveled (see what I did there?) Planning is important, but valuable experiences are often found by deviating from the route.
Get lost. The fastest way to find yourself is to lose yourself (in the music, the moment,
you own it. You better never let it go. You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime.) Sorry, had to. Nobody inspires quite like Eminem.
Ask questions. Find out as much as you possibly can about your surroundings and the people in them. Curiosity keeps us alert and spurs change within us. Use locals and guides as your resource to ask important questions, even if it’s “Can I have more whiskey, please?”
Take pictures. You’ll have many journeys in life. It’s important to remember each one not only through great memories, but great pictures as well. Even if you look really touristy while doing it. At least the background is pretty.
Can’t stop won’t stop don’t stop. Why is it that most of these bullet points remind me of a song? Cue Miley Cyrus. Movement keeps us going and allows new experiences, whether that’s dancing with Molly or doing whatever we want. We can’t stop. And we won’t stop.
Stop. That’s right. I just contradicted myself. Stopping is just as important as moving. Stop and smell the roses. Take a nap in a field. Read a book in the sand. There’s a reason Savasana is my favorite yoga pose.
Talk to people. Get to know the locals. Listen to their stories. Share ideas and beliefs. You never know what could come out of the relationship.
Walk. Take one step at a time. Look closer at the things around you.
Eat local and eat well. Try new flavors. They just might surprise you. And if you don’t like a good empanada, I don’t trust you.
Say ‘yes’ more. A night out with new friends? Why not. A dip in a freezing cold lake? Sure.
Enjoy the journey. Appreciate where you are in your journey, even if it’s not where you want to be. Every season has a purpose.