Saturday, April 23, 2016

A to Z- Authentic Inspiration: Travel #atozchallenge

Hitting the open road, driving to the place yet to be determined.  It always creates this sense of excitement within me.  I LOVE to travel.  Thankfully my life has been full of travel. 

My first plane ride ever was across the ocean to India.  There was something about getting on that plane that I will never forget.  The difference that it made in my life to take that step is something I will never truly be able to completely describe. 

Traveling across the ocean has allowed me to live life in a more real way.  I have been able to see poverty first hand, grasp a child's hand as they clung to me for dear life.  I have been able to understand that what makes a person isn't  the money they have in their wallet, but instead the compassion they share with their heart.  I have heard a child's laughter and felt their hug as I spent time just hanging out with them and being their friend.  I have grown so much because of the roads I have traveled, the people that I have come across and the adventures I have taken. 

Differences inspire me.  They inspire me to take a deeper look at the person I am, and the person I long to become! 

Some of the things I have learned while traveling:

            -Everyone speaks a different language, even if they are speaking English...there are many different versions of English

            -You see everything through one kind of lens, the person you meet on the other side of the world sees it through a different kind of order to understand each other you must be able to combine the two lenses

           -Your view of the world is so small

           -Stepping outside of your comfort zone is the very BEST thing that you can do in order to become a more compassionate, understanding person

           -Other cultures are hard to understand, it takes time, patience, and strength to break down the cultural walls you have placed around yourself

            -People will never live up to your expectations, so change them

          -Love people where they are

          -Accept people where they are

           -Allow yourself to live in the moment, because if you don't you will look back and wish you had

I am sure there are so many more things...but these are just a few.....

What has traveling inspired in you? 


The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

I don't venture far...have no real desire to leave the US in this day and age. I think it is admirable for you, a young person, to have the drive and initiative that you do. I applaud your because the world needs more people like you and less like me. ☺

The Brown Recluse
Committed Thoughts

Tawnya Rivers said...

I don't think there needs to be less like you!!! We need everyone! :) Thanks for stopping by!

Arlee Bird said...

I've spent a good part of my life traveling working with road shows. I never grow tired of traveling even when it's going to the same places over and over again. My wife and I have another yearly cross-country road trip scheduled so we can see our kids and grandkids who all live far from us. Maybe one day we'll move closer to them, but for now we'll plan on one or two epic road trips each year.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Dan Miller said...

I love to travel and discovering the different cultures in certain areas is fascinating but as an artist, I get most excited to see the different landscapes and wildlife.