by Arjay Neyra
I remember waking up on the day I was leaving for Southeast Asia, and I’m not going to lie, that morning I was feeling anxious and actually felt concerned. I had booked a one-way ticket for the trip and I didn’t know when I was going to be back home. The other thing about this trip was that I really had nothing planned. I mean I knew where to go and what I wanted to see or do, but I knew deep down inside I was embarking on this trip blind.
Anxious and having a slight fear of the unknown, all of that went away as soon as I stepped foot on the plane. I was realizing the sole purpose of the trip and that was to start doing things that truly make me happy while staying true to myself.
I left a very comfortable career to travel, to go against what everyone else wanted me to be. I had lied to myself for a long time about doing something I hated every single day of my life. I stopped and refused to be someone I wasn’t. All I can say is that booking this one-way ticket to SE Asia - hands down - was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.
Traveling truly makes me happy and it’s what makes me feel alive. I mean, isn’t that what life is supposed to be about, for it to be lived and to be happy? The experiences, the places I saw, the people I met, the ups and the downs, the valuable lessons I learned and everything else in between that only traveling can offer. These are things that no one else can take away from me and it’s something that I will forever cherish.
Despite having had no plans, it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. There’s just something about being spontaneous, adventurous and having the element of the unknown that excites me while believing in faith and that things happen for a reason. It allowed me to live in the moment more and to not worry about what’s going to happen tomorrow, the next week or the next month.
After 6 months of traveling across SE Asia, it made me a different person. It helped me become a better version of myself in every aspect of my life. Now, I continue to chase my passion and that’s to have more adventures and it sounds selfish, but to do things that really make me happy, which is to travel and see the world without worrying about what might potentially happen.
I dare you to pursue the unknown, to do things that are more meaningful in your life and to stop doing things you hate and things you are comfortable with. Life is meant to be lived, don’t just exist. Les Brown expressed it best when he said that "People prefer a known hell to an unknown heaven because it is familiar". I dare you to get out of your comfort zone and embrace the unknown. When you do this, you will find yourself pursuing things that will make you feel alive.
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