Get over your fear

1000 excuses keep people form travelling when they desire to. So many of them based around fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of new, fear of different.

The sum of all your fears leads to one conclusion. Nothing you experience will be so overwhelmingly bad it ruins your whole trip (excluding any medical issues). Anything that pushes you outside your comfort zone will only make you stronger. Stuck in India with only an upset stomach and a public squat toilet? Got on the wrong overnight train in Belarus? Skinny dipping in Costa Rica and the locals steal your clothes? Every experience adds to your story – good or bad. (Just make sure you’re prepared with a safety net or plan B in advance) Why live a life where nothing remarkable happens when amazing things can be found everywhere. The farther from home you are and the more uncomfortable you get the deeper and more rich the trip becomes.

face your fears

Venn diagram for life.

I get comfortable in my daily routines. When travelling I miss that familiar sense of relief arriving home at the end of the day knowing I have an excited puppy waiting for me to get home, comfy pj’s and a stack of DVD’s to settle in and watch. But the temporary excitement of new experiences and an upheaval of routines is refreshing and invigorating. I look forward to the new perspective I gain and the bigger picture view of life it gives me.

Nothing’s worse then getting so caught up in the minute details of daily life – Oh did I remember to buy the laundry detergent that’s on sale? I need to make sure to mow the lawn on Saturday since it might rain Sunday, or maybe we should prepare the paperwork for our taxes early this year? So break out of it and face your fears of the unknown. You never know, the things you think you fear may be just the things that make life worth living.

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