I believe that we always learn a lesson through every experience in life. Whether it be from a place we have been to, a person that we have met or mistake gone wrong, we can take away a piece of information that we may not have known before, to help us be better people. These experiences may be big and impacting or it can be something small and simple, but either way they help to form the changes in our lives. For me, my biggest influence has come from my travels; from the places I’ve been to or the people I have met, they have changed my view on not only my life but the world as a whole. So, what has travel taught me?
It has taught me to be humble. This I am still working on but from what I have seen there are people that are in far worse off situations than myself and I need to stop acting like I am hard done by. I have met people from all different walks of life, people who were both amazing and inspirational and others who have shown me how important humility is. These negative people have taught me to be grateful of where I am from and to not degrade others for who they are and where the place they call home is.
It has taught me to be open minded. Being able to see the world through another persons eyes and be open to new cultures that I may never had heard of or know nothing about. Immersing myself in situations that may have in the past made me uncomfortable. Speaking to people and, without judgement or question, listening to them knowing that each person has their own story to tell. Being prepared to be challenged by anothers views and not shutting them down for having a difference of opinion, be accepting.
It has taught me to be prepared to change. A year or so ago, one of my friends got a tattoo saying ‘the only constant is change’, which (besides time) is very true. Years ago I would have argued with myself for saying that I agree but after travelling to different places, with different people, finding out about who I am I realised that I was changing. I was becoming more confident, more caring… more me. I was growing up and learning to adapt to the changes around me and accepting that not only myself is subject to it but my friends, family and surroundings are also a target of change.
It has taught me to let go of the little stuff. Some who know me may disagree on this point. There are a lot of things that are out of my control that I hold on to and let bother me, to them I say, you are right. There will always be things, people, moments that get under my skin. I can tell you that I am working on releasing my care factor and sweating the small stuff. Whilst travelling, if I let all the little things like a delayed train or a rainy day get to me then it is likely to ruin my day so why should I let things back home bother me?
‘Take only memories, leave only footsteps’