As I’m writing this post I’m flying above the clouds on my way to the big apple. The excitement that comes with travelling to some place new has returned and I’m reminded why I love to explore: not knowing what’s going to happen, who i’m going to meet or what I’m going to learn – electrifying!
Travelling is exciting and something most people enjoy. Everyone travels for different reasons, and that’s what’s so great about the world; there’s something in it for everyone.
For some reason, I’m reminded of the people back in London that’ll tell me how lucky I am to have gotten away and how they too want to travel. I always tell them they can and encourage them to go for it, but that almost always has them checking off a list of reasons as to why they can’t.
Conversations go in a similar direction when It’s mentioned that I speak Spanish and that I’m currently learning Japanese. Most people express they would love to learn another language and that I’m intelligent before telling me it’s something they couldn’t do. Again, I try to encourage and often tell the story of how bad I was at learning languages in school before explaining that I’ve only made progress because I’ve tried different methods and work really hard, but I still get excuses.
I’m not a nomad nor am I a polyglot, but I do try to get away as often as I can, and I put a lot of effort into my language study. I’m far from rich and I’m not ashamed to say I’m a lot closer to poor. Nevertheless, one by one, I’m checking off the places I want to visit and the things I’ve always wanted to learn. I know money doesn’t grow on trees, and if there’s anyone that knows that, it’s me. Traveling costs money and that’s why I save the little I have. Learning a language takes time and that’s why I set aside at least one hour a day to study; somedays I wake up early, somedays I go to bed late, and other days I only study while commuting.
Right now I’m hungry for an adventure so I’m on my way to take a bite out of the big apple and there’s no reason you can’t have a piece.
Life can be tough, but you have to be tougher; It’s the only way to move forward.