It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living. – Eckhart Tolle
For me, travel equals living! When I’m up in the air, I’m all the way up on life! Having new experiences in a different area or visiting a place I love is everything to me. It’s about breaking away from my day to day surroundings. Giving myself a chance to embrace “newness”. I think differently when I travel. My heart is more open, my mind is more open, and I began to feel deeply connected to infinite power and possibilities. My favorite travel moment, is when I’m tucked away in a window seat, earbuds plugged in, and gazing over the clouds. First of all, I’m grateful to the Wright brothers for thinking of something as crazy as flying in their time because now I get to reap the benefits. Sitting, floating miles above the ground beneath me daydreaming about how beautiful the world is, my life is.
On Wednesday, I flew to Atlanta. On Thursday morning, I flew back home. Who does that?! I know it seems a bit cray, cray to a lot of people. Let me share with you my point of reference. Growing up my mom worked for the airlines so I had that family discount #freetravel. Mom would take my brother and I on these crazy spring break trips where we would fly to multiple cities in one week. One spring break we did Chicago, Dallas and Vegas. My senior year in high school, we went to Louisiana. I was looking at colleges down there. Then, we went to Atlanta. Last stop, Vegas again (there’s something about Vegas!). Even outside of spring break we were always off to the next adventure. I’m so grateful to my mom for taking me on all those super vacations. Through those experiences, I grew a deep affection for being in different environments, making new friends, and breaking away from home.
Now, even though I don’t have that #freetravel hook up I still find, no I make a way to get away. It’s my way of aligning with my highest desire. Travel inspires me. It reminds me that there’s more to life than my everyday experiences. It ignites my creativity. Not to mention, I always make new friends who enrich my life in priceless ways.
My whole point in sharing this is not to say you have to travel, but to say you must allow yourself to live fully. Living fully is something different for each of us. I encourage you to have those experiences that set your mind free and fire you up all at the same time. Why not?! Life is this beautiful journey to be enjoyed. The idea that we should wait to live until we get married, start our dream career, get the business up and running, or the kids off to college is not it. Life is not a waiting game. It is here now. Whether tomorrow comes or not, we must always live for the delicate balance between the now and later. By all means, be prepared if tomorrow comes. However, make sure you’re not always living for tomorrow, it will never come.
One of my favorite Rumi quotes states, “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.” Travel is one of those things that fans my flames. What brings you joy, excitement, inspiration? How can you work more of that into your life? Listen, once you know what it is, be creative! Don’t limit yourself on ideas on how to work your schedule, your budget, or lifestyle to get more of whatever sets your soul on fire. Take it from me, life only gets better when we give ourselves permission to live fully and authentically.
What is that thing that fans your flames for life? How do you live life fully? Let me know in the comments below. Comments aren’t your thing…that’s ok! Tweet me @pretymotivated. Can’t wait to hear from you!