You never really know how big the world is until you leave the town you know. Traveling from state to state is one thing. But going international, baby? That’s another thing. When you venture to other places you realize that the world really doesn’t revolve around you. And that we are so small, I mean so small, compared to the rest of the world. Traveling abroad has shown me that there is so much more to the world than I ever imagined. And even though my backyard, which consists of fifty beautifully diverse and in some crazy sense united states, is huge, new spaces and places await me.
I used to spin the globe around in elementary school. Singing to myself, “I’ve got the whole world in my hands. I’ve got the whole world in my hands.”
Traveling makes you a global consumer. Europe is both the taste of luxury and the rich culture that exists in its various neighborhoods, the historic remnants of the past, the peaceful pastures, the golden sunsets. Traveling is like going on an imaginary submarine trip to the bottom of the ocean. Like finding a new part of your brain that you never knew existed, opening up sixth sense, one that makes you more culturally aware.
There are so many people out there. So many people.
And it’s crazy to watch them hustle up and down, around and about, each person with their own story, connected to some family, some person. Important to somebody. You never know who you’ll bump into. Kelly Rowland’s personal stylist? Kelly Rowland herself?
Yeah, it happened. Makes for better stories when you don’t leave your battery charger at home, though.
More importantly you learn a lot about yourself and who you are. Hoping out of your comfort zone fearlessly is a big step; you entrust yourself to no one but the world around you, having faith that what is meant to guide you will bring you fresh insight on your travels. You gain strength, traveling throughout the world and learn the lengths you’ll go to solve the world’s biggest puzzle. You’ll realize that you might be sweeter than most and a bit too gullible. Or you’ll learn how adventurous you truly are, even if you never thought you were.
I’m a curious little booger. I am.
It’s funny how you get all jittery before you board. Those long flights to somewhere, those never-ending hours, across the vast ocean, all hope held in the hands of the sky.
How beautiful the world is. How beautiful are God’s creations. God’s beautiful people.
But how do we get there? How do we muster up the confidence to take a chance and try something new? Whether it’s moving 1,000 miles away from home or traveling thousands more around the globe? You have to let yourself go. Feed into your fear. Get homesick. Let it all happen.
Because there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. A pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. A calm after the storm.
We’ve all got a little Dora the Explorer inside of us. Sometimes it just takes one boarding pass to let her out and find out who we truly are.