I just had what some may call a revelation.
I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone, studying abroad in England for six months. That was as out of my zone I thought I’d need to go. Until I was given a month off school.
I decided to pack a backpack. To use this month to explore Europe. To see the world – solo.
I was so nervous and my whole family kept telling me I didn’t need to do it. I could back out and stay in Exeter all month.
I know their hearts were in the right place. They want to see me happy and calm. But my brother told me something before I came here. He said, “Say yes. If you have any interest at all, just do it.”
I’m just doing it. For my entire time here I was so narrow minded about his advice. I was taking it and considering joining clubs and meeting friends. It’s about so much more than that.
It’s about getting out and seeing the world, while you can. This life we live is short. Pretty soon I’m gonna be graduated, with a big-girl job, without the freedom to jump up and simply travel.
Yes, I’ll take days off and go places. I’ll always have the travel bug. But these six months are about seeing the world without the stressors that the real world brings.
I’m proud of myself. For the first time in a long time I can say I’m truly proud of myself.
I’m sitting here in Gatwick airport, charging my devices, smiling like a kid in a candy store. People are probably wondering if I’m sane.
Guess what people, I’m sane and I’m happy! I’m truly growing as a person and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for me.
Right now I’m on my way to Vienna. The first leg of my month traveling. And I’m finally, truly, authentically, excited!