While doing my weekly “patrol” of blogs, I found myself absolutely inspired by Shannon of A Little Adrift’s most recent post, A Little Synchronicity…Plan, Who Needs Plan!?. This post made me reflect not only on my current situation, but on how Shaun and I are approaching our upcoming trip. There can be a massive payoff with you take risks in the game of life.
This past January 9th, Shaun and I had celebrated our 12th anniversary from our first date. This really struck a chord with me because I have known him for almost half my life – being 28, that is a really big deal. For the first time in our joint lives together, we are taking a really big risk. Looking back at everything we have accomplished – from me graduating college to getting married, every single thing we have ever done has been, for the most part, highly calculated.
We are placing our lives in the hands of life and just going with it. While our parents and loved ones may not completely understand why we choose this path in life, we are doing it anyway. This is how we would like to live. You call it selfish. I call it living. I had spent my childhood being told, “Mija, traveling is only for rich people.” Well, I’m here to prove that wrong.
This is the most liberating feeling I have ever felt. We are letting life dictate where we are going and where we are ending up, and surprisingly, I’m not scared. I had been brought up my entire life to be so goal oriented that I forgot to live in the moment. I was always looking for that next milestone, that next accomplishment, that next big break that I was neglecting the fact that the journey to those goals should be experienced with as much fervor as getting there.
Working on Over Yonderlust has helped me grow exponentially this past year and the travel community has been just as responsible for my development as my personal experiences with the blog. Thank you guys for always being there and for being our cheerleaders when we needed it the most.