My Journey to find myself.
Why do you need to get lost to find yourself?
I knew deep down that I was lost, I knew deep down that I needed to do something, that I needed to find myself. Did I? I have no idea but it was a great time.
I left Australia on the 4th of July 2012 and returned on the 6th of January 2013. What happened in that 6 months? Well if you follow my blog you will find out, but saying that a lot happened, a real lot. I realised that life is not about making money, it’s not about building a career and it’s not about having the best things. So what’s it all about then? Well I now have no idea but at the same time I have more of an idea then before I left.
I learnt so many lessons whilst travelling and not one of them was in a class. These were life lessons and some you do not even know you have learnt until months down the path. The people that have taught me these things do not know that they are teachers, they do not know that they have taught me a lesson that will stay with me forever and that I will hopefully pass onto my kids one day. These people were just on the same journey that I was. We just happened to meet and in a brief encounter had this thing, I learnt so much about myself and about my wife, who I have fallen in love with all over again. I learnt things about myself that I did not like and worked on changing them. One major life lesson that I learnt is an understanding and respect for everyone. People are different to you, they have different ways of doing things, they have different beliefs and different attitudes towards life. This is not wrong, it’s beautiful and it makes us all unique and interesting. This makes travel exciting and constantly lours me back to explore another country to learn more great life lessons.
Travel taught me how to be calm in stressful and strange situations and that human beings are usually pretty kind and generous. I know now that I was not always very calm and quite often I did loose my composure but now looking back on those situations realise that doing so made the situation worse and certainly did not help.
I learnt that we as a race really need to pick up our act and start protecting our planet. I saw firsthand the huge impact that we are having on our environment and it physically made me sick. I think back to the huge pollution that I witnessed in Beijing. You could taste the pollution and it gave me a cough that stayed with me throughout Japan and back into Australia. I discovered a new found interest in history. History was never an interest of mine but after visiting some amazing historical sites that date back thousands of years I now seek out historical sites.
I thought I knew what it I was all about before I left. I learnt that I knew squat about pretty much everything and now feel more lost but so much stronger. I look forward to my next lesson.