Many things in life are important to me. Sometimes I know exactly how I feel about something, but don’t know how to explain myself in words. But why should I feel like someone else needs to understand what I believe in?
Every time that I have spoken out loud about things I want to do or places I want to see, there is always someone who doubts it. An individual who doesn’t understand why I want to do something or feels the need to tell me that it’s a bad idea without having any experience in the matter. Now, don’t get me wrong; I’m always open to hear advice from other people. I believe listening to other people’s opinions is a very important trait for a human being. However, as a young person who is passionate about seeing the world and having adventures as often as possible, I have to admit, I get fed up with people making me feel bad about what is important to me.
In this modern world where we are ‘free’ to do as we please, there are still certain expectations from the people around us to follow the ‘normal’ path. This is complete nonsense. You must do what suits you, and what makes you happy!
Recently, I decided to talk openly with someone who I expected from previous experience not to be happy with my on-going travel plans. Without naming names, this person is older than me and is very important to me. Every time that I have told them where I’m off to, I cop a bit of a lecture about various things. I get really worked up over it usually, because this person means so much to me but they just don’t understand me at all. I find myself disappointed with their reaction and my mood is often saddened after I share my ideas with them.
I am very fortunate that in my life I share my passion with the most important person to me. Kyle understands how I feel because he feels the same. We share this passion without the need of explanation or justification. The older I get, the more I see that this is a precious gift in any relationship. I can wake up and say ‘let’s do this today’ and I know that no matter how far the destination or how ridiculous it is, if we can, we will find a way. To me, this is important.
[blockquote]I’d rather look back and laugh saying ‘I can’t believe we did that!’ than wonder what could’ve been.[/blockquote]
My recent encounter got me thinking: what about the amazing people in the world who have incredible dreams but have them flattened by the people who surround them? There are people out there who think differently, and it breaks my heart to think that they are told that they can’t do what they want to do. If this sounds like you, I have something to tell you and I really want you to remember this:
This is your one life. It is a special gift that no one else needs to understand or approve of. You can dream as big as your heart lets you, and you can achieve these dreams because the only one person in life who has true power to stop you, is yourself. Know that there are always people out there who share your dreams. Don’t let the small group of people around you, dictate what your life will be because that’s what makes them happy. Find what is important to you, and live for it. If it’s going to cost money to reach your goal, then get out there and work your arse off in whatever way you can to make that money. There are always going to be people out there who don’t understand how you feel about your goals. Stay focused and remind yourself why it is important to you and no one else. We are given little time on this Earth, make every second count. Perhaps you are surrounded with people who don’t understand you now, but once you get out there in the world, you will find that there are many people who feel the same as you.
The Wanderlust Mantra:
I am my own person. I can live my life how I want to and I can feel good about that. I am responsible for my own happiness, and nobody elses.
If you have big travel ideas, but feel like you have no one to enjoy them with – please feel free to get in touch. We’d love to hear about and support your great ideas!
Big love, Louise