Most of us travel through life numb to the beauty around us. We wake daily to the same routine; the $4 dollar coffee, breakfast at our favorite shop, and off to work in an office building for 8 to 10 hours without a view of the world. Only to go home at the end of the day, numb our minds with whatever is at hand, fall into a restless sleep and wake to do it all over again. We dream of a better life, one filled with adventure, courage, challenges to face and overcome. We dream of the world, the one we don't see. We dream of a way to release ourselves from the numbing existence that is our "life".
How can I become? How do I live this life I dreamed of for so long? How do I travel and see the World? We ask ourselves these questions, if we aren't so numbed by our existence to fail to realize there is another way.
The spark of life is within all of us. It must, however, be fed in order to thrive. It must be given the nourishment of loving friends and family. Of generosity and kindness to others. Of peaceful existence through self love. Without these things, the spark will die. Your existence will become just that, an existence, with no life to speak of. Do not let yourself become the husk of a body, carrying around an empty soul every day.
How you ask?
It took me a long time of non-existence to realize there was a better way. A way of non attachment to material things, a way of freedom, a way of peace and kindness. It took a very special friend to open my heart, mind, and soul to a path that allowed me to heal my heart, and mind. To challenge myself to step outside of my comfort zone and begin a journey that would eventually lead me to places I had only dreamed of going to.
The world we live in is an amazing place, full of nature, love, peaceful existence, and beautiful wonders. Every time you allow yourself visit them, you breath in the tranquility and peace of that spot and carry it with you.
Start today. Begin by recognizing that there is another way than to merely exist in this world. Let go of the things that do not matter, the material possessions, the thoughts that bring you discomfort, the people in your life that do not build you up and challenge you to become more. Start by practicing the art of giving, freely and with no thought of return. Start by opening your heart, being a better person. Start by loving yourself. Eat healthier, find an exercise that heals your mind and body from the daily routine of "life".
Start small in your travels, another city in the same state. Go to a State park, go to your city park. Get outside and see the beauty that surrounds you. Open and your eyes and your heart to it, it will feed your soul, promise. Nature is healing, there is a power there, in the rocks, the trees, the sun, the water, the breeze.... it brings peace and tranquility to any soul, include yours dear friend.
May Peace follow you throughout your days and when your path becomes hard, forge through and make a new one. Remember, it isn't about the destination, it's the journey.
"Though we travel the World to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson