It has been 3 months since my epic SE Asian adventure. As I sit here reflecting on a newly clarified Life Vision, I realize that the significant changes I’ve recently made in my life stemmed from this trip not too long ago. What started out as a Lifebook trip to Bali turned into an adventure that changed me to my core. Below is a Facebook post I wrote upon my return to the States after 30 days abroad:
“As I sit at the San Francisco Airport about to board my flight back to Chicago I’m reflecting on the epic adventure I experienced over the last month and realize that I have fundamentally changed as a human being. Now this is not some surface level temporary change that will shortly dissipate after a few days back home; it is something much deeper and permanent. I not only look at the world outside of me differently, I also recognize that the world inside of me has completely transformed.
After 30 days away from the safe confines of “home”, I have finally experienced what my Father always wanted to instill in me when he first handed me Emerson’s essay “Self Reliance” at 12 years old. He knew I needed to be totally self-sufficient and have an unwavering belief in myself if I was going to navigate the turbulent waters of life.
What I didn’t realize until a few days ago was that I couldn’t learn these character traits externally, which I sought in the past from my family, mentors, friends, and “gurus”. I’ve read hundreds of books and listened to a ton of audio programs with the purpose of becoming a better human being. But the journey of becoming a better human being is to EXPERIENCE LIFE to the fullest versus sitting on the sidelines waiting for the answers to come to you.
I discovered that I had put myself in situations and environments far outside of my comfort zone where I had no choice but to cultivate these traits into habits. And although I didn’t set out on this trip with this intention in mind…
I experienced that the best journeys answer questions you didn’t even think to ask.“
You see, travel is not a luxury in my life, it’s a requirement. Just like air, water, and sun, I need travel to live. It’s non-negotiable.
Travel is my number one intellectual strategy and favorite way to educate myself. It’s an education of a kind that simply can’t be taught in school. There’s a difference between reading about Machu Picchu and looking down from the Sun Gate at this ancient civilization as the mist rises above the Andes after 4 days of hiking the Inca Trail.
Travel becomes a part of your life experience. It leads to some of your greatest memories with friends and makes you more knowledgeable, more interesting, and more intelligent than you were before.
So do you want a more interesting life? Well think twice about upgrading your 60″ flat screen and plan a trip that will change your life forever. Just making a commitment to travel more is taking a massive leap towards designing a fearless life.
To your Bad Ass Life,
P.S. If you are planning a trip to SE Asia, and want some insider tips that Lonely Planet won’t tell you about, I recommend reading our first hand experience that my friend Damion eloquently depicted HERE