I used to think a person’s DNA controlled who they were going to be. I thought that my genetic make up predetermined the life I was going to live, the person I was going to be. But what I have learned over the last 33 months is that there is only one thing that can be held responsible for the person you become – YOU!
Its very cliché to say “travel has changed me”, but as cliché as it may be, it is also very true. I am no longer the woman I was 3 years ago. In fact, in some ways I am a very different person. I didn’t believe a person could change their attitude or personality traits but I have witnessed it first hand and I now see that if someone is ready and willing, change is always possible.
The changes started in small ways; I’d not get upset if our flight was running late or I wouldn’t get worked up if I got the wrong order at dinner. The ‘old me’ was a complete stress head and would get worked up over everything, even the small things. Now though, that’s all changed. I am aware that little things can and will go wrong and not only am I aware but I embrace it – It could be great hook for a blog post!
I used to be a rigid planner. I had to know what I was doing and where I was going at all times. I had lists, schedules and plans in abundance. I knew exactly where I was going and what I was doing. Now, my life is completely the opposite! And not only do I not plan out every little step, the plans we do make change often and I am completely okay with that! In fact, I love it! I love living by no rules, no schedules and no set plans. The plans we make are ‘penciled’ in as ideas but whether it happens that way or not is another story. We have changed our travel path more times than I can count and it doesn’t cause me stress like it would have 2 years ago, instead it excites me that one day we could be on one path and then the next, it’s completely different.
I have become braver in my new life. I have faced my fears and relished in joy when I have conquered them. I would never have faced my fears 2 years ago. I was quite cozy in my comfort zone and I wasn’t going to get out of it. Now, I am so out of my comfort zone, I’m in another universe! And it feels great!
The biggest change I see in myself though is how happy I am. I was so stressed in my last life (running a business will do that to a girl) and I very rarely had a real smile on my face – I was very good at faking it though. But now, I not only smile every day but I laugh every day; big fat belly laughs too! You know those fits of laughter where your tummy muscles get sore and your crying from laughing so hard? That’s what I’m talking about – Real laughter!
And I can’t forget about gratitude. I’ve been more grateful in the last 33 months than I have been in my entire 39 years on this planet. I was too busy being angry and bitter at the world for the rubbish it bought my way that I forgot to be thankful for all the good there was. Now though, I am grateful every single day; I guess it helps when you have so much to be grateful for. I feel blessed that I am living my dream life and that I get to share it with the love of my life.
Has travel changed you?