Happy Friday my darlings. I know I have been nonexistent lately. This life transition is proving to be a bit difficult, but difficult in a blissful, beautiful, crazy way. Much love.
Shout out to the source: Life Lessons
“As a blend of the raw energy and physicality of Red, and the sheer happiness of Yellow, Orange is truly the color of joy, interaction, creativity and playfulness.” Orange is the color of autumn, Halloween and pumpkins. It is the color of sunrises and new beginnings. And we must not forget, orange is the color of the San Francisco Giants! Go Giants!
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I’ve caught a case of the post-travel blues. Today, I have been home for 3 weeks and find myself longing for Bali. Lush green rice paddies, motorbikes, watching the Balinese children fly kites, chatting with fellow travelers over a Bintang, beauty wherever you look and most of all I long for the way I felt when I was traveling. I felt alive, awake, free, centered, and confident. I was always inspired and grateful.
“It’s a funny thing about comin’ home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You’ll realize what’s changed is you.” (Benjamin Button)
My physical body is in a place that is familiar to me. It is the place I grew up. It’s where my parents’ home is. Even though I have spent over 15 years living here, I feel as if I am on Mars. The people here are Martians. I don’t understand them and they don’t understand me. I was only gone a few months and while nothing changed at “home, everything has changed within me. I feel more alone here than I ever did being in a foreign land. I have a case of the post-travel blues.
Since hopping on the next flight from SFO to Indonesia is not an option. I need to find a cure to the post-travel blues.
#1: Cultivate the feelings of travel. Ask yourself… How did I feel when I was traveling? What did I like the most? How can I cultivate those feeling here, at home?
Cultivating the feelings you had when you were traveling is not an easy task, but it will keep the travel alive within you and will also keep you living in the present. Did you spend months in Italy and you miss the food and language? Sign up for an Italian language course. Dine at an authentic Italian restaurant with authentic Italian servers.
#2: Do new things. It is important not to get sucked into old habits that no longer serve you, a changed traveler. Part of the excitement of traveling are the feelings which arise from the newness. Make sure to add new activities into your schedule. Take a swing dancing class, go rock climbing, go sky diving, or join a kickball league. Do new activities that excite you and give you a sense of adventure.
#3: Find a community that gets you, the new you! It’s important to surround yourself with people who understand what you are going through and that support you. Take advantage of Facebook to reach out to the people you met along your journey. If they are back home, they surely know what you are going through. Find local traveler Meetup Groups. Read travel blogs. Nomadic Matt is just one of the thousands of inspiring travel blogs. Or start your own blog! And remember you are not alone!
#4: Be a tourist at home. Buy a guide book or Google “must see” in (insert where you live here), put on your best ridiculous tourist outfit and play tourist for a day! You know those people you see riding a Segway, be one!!!
#5: Pick the next destination and start saving! It is never too soon to start thinking about your next adventure. Pick a destination, purchase a Lonely Planet Guide Book and start saving!
How do you deal with the post-travel blues? What’s your remedy? Please share.
Shout out the sources: No Borders Daily
Fear of the unknown is truly a bitch! I have been going nonstop since I quit my toxic job. Now I am standing still and fear of the unknown is suffocating me. I need to sit with this fear, make friends with it as I am sure this fear will be accompanying me as unwelcome companion over the next several months.
Fear, you are what held me back from following my path sooner. I stayed in a career which made me miserable because of you. I was paralyzed and couldn’t take the plunge. But you know what Fear?!? You will no longer hold me back. I have quit my job. I have taken the plunge and have leaped into the world of the unknown. Fear, my unwelcome friend, I propose this… let’s make a truth. If you don’t get in my way I will allow you to linger, but only as a whisper to remind me what I am striving towards. If we must live together, let’s live in peace.
“When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.” (Eleven Minutes)
“Whenever we need to make a very important decision, it is best to trust impulse and passion, because reason usually tries to remove us from our dreams, saying that the time is not yet right. Reason is afraid of defeat, but intuition enjoys life and its challenges.”
“Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say “yes” to life?” (Eleven Minutes)
“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” (The Alchemist)
“Just before a dream is fulfilled, the Soul of the World decides to test everything that was learned on the journey.” (The Alchemist)