During my recent trip to Boracay, I’ve met 2 interesting women who also have a passion for traveling.
One is a 22-year old Filipina, who is currently lost and absolutely clueless about what to do with her life. One thing she knows for sure is how much she loves to travel.
And the other is a 26-year old Polish girl currently traveling within Asia.
The common denominator between us 3? Finding our place in this world.
The Polish girl, for instance, told me that Asia is her place. I asked why and all she could tell me was, “I am happy here”. And that was good enough reason for me.
I totally agree that you need to find your place in this world. Because that’s how I define success — living the life that I love and loving the life that I live wherever that may be.
The Filipina girl, on the other hand, is struggling to find her place. She feels she doesn’t belong in the circle she’s spending her time with and she has this deep longing to go out and travel the world.
I guess it’s fate that our paths crossed.
Sharing with her my life story is my way of showing her that starting a life of travel, or creating the life that you want, is possible. Heck, I would be the last person to tell her to stop thinking about travel and just focus on earning a living and creating a stable lifestyle. In my opinion, that is total bullshit.
You see, you don’t have to feel guilty for wanting to go out and explore the world to find your place. It’s better that way than to get stuck all your life thinking that THIS is all you will ever get. Because trust me, once you go out there, Universe conspires with you. ALWAYS.
You don’t have to follow what society dictates, or live a life based on what your family and friends expect from you. You have full control of how you will live your life and your life choices will help you create the life that you want.
Question is, are you envisioning the life that you want? How badly do you want it?
As for me, I haven’t found mine yet and I know for sure that it’s not in the Philippines. Why? Because I see a big difference in my behavior and perspective when I’m out traveling and when I’m at home. When I’m out traveling, I feel happy, content, productive and amazed. And when I’m at home, I feel demotivated, unproductive and depressed.
I don’t want to live a life where I need an escape from. I want a life where I feel free and content even if I don’t have much. I don’t want to grow old and look back, thinking — I could have made much more out of my life but I chose not to because I was afraid, because I let other people’s opinion dictate how I live my life.
At 80, I want to look back and smile with great joy and pride because I know that I have lived a crazy, beautiful life.
So I beg you, if you haven’t found your place yet, keep looking. Don’t settle and never stop exploring. Travel as much as you can, and guaranteed, you will find your place. And when you do, YOU WILL JUST KNOW.
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