I love traveling to new places where I can see and experience new things. If you go anywhere different, the smells, the light, the landscapes or cityscapes, the food, the things you see as you go for a walk, will be different from home.
Traveling breaks up our ‘at-home’ routines. At home, much of what we do is habitual. At home, we interact with the same people, we get up and go to bed at the same times – in fact, much of our lives are ‘same old, same old.’ But on a journey, our mealtimes and the food we eat often change, we sleep in different beds, every day is different.
When you go on a journey, you simply cannot take everything from home. Sometimes on long journeys, we find the stuff we took from home isn’t what we need, so we ditch it and replace it with something more suitable. We return home with things we didn’t start out with.
When we’re traveling, we meet new people, we see new things and we have experiences we wouldn’t have if we’d never left home. We leave home with expectations about what our journey will be like, but things don’t always turn out exactly as we’d envisaged. Sometimes we face challenges we’ve never faced before. We get tired and cranky. We sometimes get homesick and long for the familiarity of home.
Journeys are about change and experiencing the new and the different. Journeys challenge us and can show us life from a different perspective if we allow them to.
The phrase, Life is a Journey is such an over-used cliché but it has validity.
While travel opens our eyes to new things and gives us new experiences, you don’t need to travel to see things differently or have different experiences. If you are growing and changing wherever you are, it is the same as being on a journey.
Are you the same person you were two, five or ten years ago? Has your perception of the world changed during that time or do you see life in exactly the same way you did in the past? Are you carrying baggage that is not serving you and is weighing you down? Baggage such as limiting beliefs about yourself and what you can achieve, or habits that waste time and resources. Perhaps you have fears or you hold resentments towards others that drain your energy?
Take a few minutes to look back over the past few years of your life and ask yourself how have you changed. The changes don’t need to be enormous, but hopefully you are a better version of yourself than you were back then.
If you can’t see any changes, think about something in your life that you wish was different and do something to bring out change in that area. Your life should be a journey – don’t settle for a life where nothing changes.
Image by Loren Kerns