My grandma is a pretty well-traveled woman, considering she grew up in a Depression household, lived through the Second World War and raised five kids. She’s seen Scotland, Greece, Turkey, and the United States. But even though she’s traveled far more than some people ever will, I still hear her say from time to time, “I never made it there,” and those words give me chills.
I take it as a cautionary tale. There comes a time when we physically cannot travel anymore because we’re just too old and fragile (curse you, old age!!!). Or there are other travel bans (like if you’re reading this during the pandemic). So we need to do the things we want to do right now.
There are all these obstacles we give ourselves to prevent us from travelling, or from doing whatever it is you want to do, but really, those can all be overcome. I know we’re all thinking, “But I don’t have enough money,” or, “I can’t take all that time off work.” You know what, you can save that money and you can take some time off work to have an amazing adventure.
In reality, our biggest obstacle preventing us from doing the things we want to do is ourselves. I really think the only reason I ever got on board with going to Europe with my now fiance in 2015 was because, in 2014, he told me to just make the decision to save the money and make the time, and the rest is easy. And, you know what, that’s how it happened. I said out loud that I was going on a giant, life-long dream trip and I needed to live the next year accordingly. Something just sort of clicked inside of me in that moment, and there was nothing stopping me from turning that dream trip into a reality.
I don’t want to be 90 years old, look back and say, “I never made it there.” I probably will in any case because there’s so much world and there’s just no way to see it all, but I’m going to try to see as much as I can. That means saying “yes” now, making the decision to try things out now, and taking action right now.
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I cannot think of any downside to the trip the fiance and I went on several years back. I only gained amazing memories and stories, had new experiences, met people so unlike me, learned about myself and the world, and had so much fun. Why am I putting up obstacles to stop me from doing that all over again?
“I never made it there.” My grandma’s words struck a little fear in me. Travelling sparks joy. The answer, to me, is simple.
P.S. Who else has dreams of travelling? Where do you want to go? What are your other wild dreams?