Finding Your Purpose Through Travel
“And when you really want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it?”- Paulo Coehlo
I love this quote from the Alchemist and I firmly believe it but have you ever not known what you really wanted? Has your day to day life ever got so busy and packed you were stuck wondering what do I actually want and what am I truly working towards?
I noticed these are the moments I’m buying a flight to the next place I'm dying to go to. Why is that? What is it about going to another place that makes us think more clearly, feel more centered and reconnected? Here’s my take on it.
When we travel, we physically disconnect from the busyness of life. If you're stuck on a plane for hours on end with no wifi ( usually me, because I'm a budget booker) you have no choice but to make peace with your thoughts. There’s no faux productivity to keep your mind active. No routine or schedule to fall into. The crutches of the mind are left in your town.
When we travel, we connect to others unlike ourselves. If you live in a busy city like I do you make also constantly mix and mingle with people of other races, backgrounds, upbringings but there’s still a level of sameness. There’s still a level of connectivity of two people living in the same place. When you are in a new country, you meet people whose day to day life completely juxtaposes yours and they come with a completely different take on the world. The term first world problems truly encapsulates this idea. Imagine how small your problems are compared to those who fight to flee a bad regime, have clean water or simply have to farm their own food or commute on unmanaged roads. It makes use realize half the problems we have are actually blessings. We get to go to work, we get to pay bills, we get to have a home to clean.
When we travel we recognize how small we are. It’s fascinating to see the aurora borealis, the grand canyon and even view the world from 30,000 feet. To know that somehow me and you came to be amongst all of this and be as complex, smart and imperfectly perfect, it a reminder of the grace over us.
I always come back from trips clearer. Clarity it hard in a world that bombards us with images of what everyone else is up to, and platforms that allows to receive the opinions of an upwards of 7 billion people in the world. Just as beautiful as it is that we can see the world from our smart phones its just as priceless when we get to put it down and see the world.
So I implore everyone to take time to disconnect and be in a different place, near or far and your purpose may be right around the corner<3
If you’re wondering what your purpose is, know that it has been within your from the very beginning of your days. With stillness, change and intuition we can tap into that purpose and unlock the why. Once we realize the reason of our being we are moved to act on our natural gifts and talents because we understand the need for us to perform to our greatest potential. So, if you’re anxious about your future, unsure of the direction in your life, go where your heart moves you to be.
We search for happiness everywhere, but we are like Tolstoy's fabled beggar who spent his life sitting on a pot of gold, under him the whole time. Your treasure--your perfection--is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the busy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart."
— Elizabeth Gilbert