“All I want is a decent job without having to leave my mom. Like that lady from our town. We take the same jeepney almost every day. She wears a nice simple uniform—neat with that embroidered company logo on the right chest. San Miguel Beer Corporation. I knew little about her. She doesn’t know me.”
Those were the words I uttered as a reply to a family friend lawyer when we bumped into each other one hot summer day back in college. His disappointment palpable.
“You have a constricted imagination and goal. You have to dream big and see the world,” he told me. That time, his words barely registered in my mind. Until one day, I discovered my love of travel.
Travel has shown me how to dream big
There’s more to life than just working at a big company. Indeed, you have to work according to society’s standards. But dreaming of something beyond that makes life enlivening. Just the thought of traveling is exciting.
Travel let me dream big and appreciate whatever kind of job I got. It has taught me to love it and be happy about it. Getting to work at a dream company is a proud achievement especially if the earning is more than enough to support daily living. To dream big is to brave the world outside my comfort zone and to challenge myself. And regardless of the organization where we are working, as long as we’re happy about it, then we’re on the right track and that infuses insurmountable excitement every time we get up. To dream big and work for it is bliss.
There’s more to life than just weeping
Cliche as it may seem, but travel had healed my broken heart. Two years ago, my long distance relationship ended in the worst possible way. I was upset. I devoted my time to work and isolated myself from friends. Out of nowhere, I booked a solo flight to Kuala Lumpur and Bali.
Travel showed me that there’s more to life than just weeping. Weeping is completely tolerable but we must give ourselves a chance to see the beauty of things and escape a circumstance where happiness is forbidden. Wounds don’t heal at once. It takes time to mend a broken heart. Travel did more than healing my soul. It opened my eyes to the life that I imagined.
Having someone special on our side is glee. But accomplishing things independently is thrilling. Sense of freedom is priceless, because as I looked back, I thought I was my ex-boyfriend’s prisoner.
Moreover, travel has taught me not to chase people and accept reality wholeheartedly. Some things happen for a reason. Travel has made me realize that it’s not the end of the world when a lover dumps you. It is, on the contrary, the start of a beautiful journey. I’ve got my whole life ahead of me and I’m in control of it—something I looked forward to.
Travel has led me to my passion and has made me a storyteller
Writing my thoughts down on my diary is a habit I have always been fond of doing. When I reached high school and college, my circle of friends was composed of writers and editors. I thought I couldn’t be like them, because I thought my skills weren’t enough. Nevertheless, I knew that I’ve been destined for writing.
Right now, I couldn’t be more thankful for discovering my love of travel, because I could genuinely say, it led me to writing and telling stories that anyone can relate to. Stories that can inspire people through those experiences in every journey I venture into. It also engraved in my heart that every single writing is beautiful no matter where you came from. The beauty naturally comes out when you write from the heart and share it with others. Travel has made me a storyteller.
Travel lets me be me
Being me is one of the greatest learnings travel has ever given me. I come from a typical Filipino family in the country side where wearing bikinis would be an instant talk-of-the-town. Moreso, if you have it, flaunt it, right? If you have the guts and confidence, then, you go girl!
Travel gave me confidence and took away my insecurities. No matter what you wear, regardless of color, gender, race, or society we came from, travel chooses no one. It simply makes you to be you, unique among the rest. No pretenses. No attempts to please others. Being you is unparalleled.
I hope you find travel more amazing and life changing as much as I do. If I could give you one best piece of advice, I would love you to travel and see the world with your own eyes. Feel it, experience it. Explore. Discover. You won’t regret a single thing. Believe me. And if you ever found yourself sad or lost, you probably need not to think twice. Book that flight or take that bus to somewhere. Just do whatever it takes and take the courage with you to see what’s really out there for you. If you have not done yet, I strongly push you to do it as soon as you can. It won’t only change your life. It will also change the way you see the world. We are always meant for something better when we travel.
So this is how travel changed my life. How about you? Share yours here too!
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