Life is a fantastic thing… everyday you feel that you are the same person, but looking back on it all, you can see how much you have really changed. Life moulds and plays with you, tossing you around it like a hamster in a wheel where you can never quite reach the end, nor ever reach the top. It is an endless cycle, but it is exciting.
This morning I woke up very pensive about my current life and the direction it is going in… I am not 100% sure of anything, but I have plans in place which push me to believe that I am headed in the right direction. I met a woman last week in England. We were having dinner at Gatwick airport when she said to me, that it doesn’t matter if I don’t know what I want from life. What matters is that I am taking steps in a direction. Where it leads to is of no importance, because life cannot be planned. In essence, life is a long staircase where one can go up or down… how long the staircase is doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you are on it, and you are taking steps up it.
Having the freedom and ability to be nomadic is one of my life’s greatest blessings. I find myself constantly planning and thinking about future endeavors. Whenever I am stuck in one place for two long, I get antsy, and itchy and even hormonal towards the ones I love. My life is happiest when I am constantly exploring. Constantly moving. Constantly dreaming of new ways to live a life full of wanderlust.
Jean-Paul Sartre wrote, “Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does”. Think about what he wrote… To me, the only way man is free, is when he is thrown into the world, and as a result, must navigate the staircase of the world for it is his responsibility. Thinking of Sartre, it relates deeply to my upcoming backpacking trip. The purpose of it is to explore and be free, but ultimately at the same time, our own means to survival, safety precautions and general livelihoods is of our own responsibility. We will be in foreign lands, completely free of any attachment other that our backpacks and it is our responsibility to take care of ourselves.
The more you see of the world, the bigger it gets. The more questions you have, the more answers you can’t find. Each destination teaches us something profound about ourselves, and changes us in ways we do not and cannot fully understand. Thus, life is an adventure… and to be truly free and experience the full potential of weightless freedom, is to be thrown in to the world and expand your own potential. The magic happens outside the box… it is time to leave home and discover what that really means to you.