I resigned from the company I work for, left the prestige of my job’s designation, removed myself from the crazy corporate world, then packed my bags and ticked-off one of the items on my bucket list: to travel alone.
I am not rich, I don’t have a lot of savings, and now I am unemployed, but I don’t regret anything.
No, I am not writing this because I want all of you to leave your jobs just to travel, nor to assume that this will be another cliché inspiring travel story. I am writing this because I plainly just want to share my learnings not just as a traveler, but as a human being.
Setting things straight
Before I start, I want to set things straight: I didn’t leave my job just because I want to travel. Personal priorities, that’s what I told my CEO when I tendered my resignation via email, on a Friday midnight, while drinking beer with my best buddies. A resignation that I carefully thought of for months and after a lot of considerations. Although my excuse seems quite too overused, let me tell you that it is apt and true.
My personal priorities, most of the time, outweigh whatever is in front of me, plainly because I know to myself that my priorities usually equate to the word goals. And like any other individual, I have goals I want to accomplish. That’s what pushed me to embark on a new journey.
I’m idealistic AF and it’s okay
If you’re still reading this, thank you. By now, you must have already figured out how idealistic I am and how I can be purely subjective and stubborn at times (or, most of the time). Some people who know me said that it’s my millennial side that’s influenced my decisions, others told me that I have to be more patient, a few are just speechless, but some more are supportive with wise words of caution and encouragement.
Hearing what my loved ones, family members, and friends’ reactions were, I know that what they were telling me are their versions of truth. And for me, hearing peoples’ concerns and thoughts may be quite difficult to accept at first, but I have come to learn to accept every bit, every word they’re able to successfully send across. It wasn’t easy, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
Traveling shows you, literally, that perspective to simply be open to others, while not letting yourself lose sight of life’s ideals.
The lessons I learned
While traveling alone, I have come to learn a number of new lessons, to realise not just one of my dreams but also a lot of ideas that never crossed my thoughts before, and to appreciate both small and huge things in front of me. It’s dawned upon me that when you see so many good things in this world, they further strengthen your beliefs or even rectify what you thought wrongly.
I have affirmed the truth that life is too short to do things you aren’t passionate about. I also realised that there are times that you have to slow down, but that won’t mean you are being left behind.
There were moments when random (most of them deep) thoughts came to mind. Those moments gave me a rare opportunity to observe everything around me, from the country’s culture, the people’s way of living, surprising qualities a complete stranger has which feel close to home, and the list continues.
More than grateful
My most recent trip was truly one for the books, or in this case, blogs. Just thinking how I have survived and accomplished my solo trip is more than enough to give me chills and goosies.
As I look back, my experiences which included travel-anxiety-attacks on my first day, the amazement I felt in every spectacular experience in the country, the awesome individuals I met along the way, the random thoughts I have had while exploring their magnificent sceneries, and the countless times that I’ve been exposed to awe-inspiring adventures are now part of the idealistic-stubborn-human that I am.
All those times could’ve been different if I didn’t make a bold decision to do what I really love. To that, I am truly grateful, and I also am indebted to everyone who supports me dearly.
I may have unlocked one of my goals and in the process of unlocking it, I also realised one thing — the world, our world, is just too big for one person to explore, understand, or even fathom. But it is never impossible. And such is a goal that is definitely worth pursuing. Always.