You know who you are. You’re the one who dreams about places you’ve never been to. The one who watches the sun rise, while wondering what the sunset looks like on the other side of the world. The one who happily gets lost in their books, letting it transcend you to another place, another era, or perhaps another dimension. The one who drools over beautiful photos of magical places. The one whose curiosity never seems to cease about life on another part of this planet. The one who feels like there’s something quite missing in your life. The one with an unexplainable urge to pack up and go to a foreign city where you can be completely anonymous. Yes, you. I’m talking to you.
Once upon a time, I was just like you. Constantly wishing and dreaming and consumed by my desire to see all the beautiful places in the world, I thought I was stuck in my own fantasy. It was all a dream and although at one point, it was almost like I’ve accepted the fact that it may never even happen, I had this bizarre feeling that I wasn’t meant to stay in just one place. Something inside told me there’s something more for me out there. So I listened to it. I knew so little about the world yet I yearned so much to see it. It didn’t happen overnight of course, as how most dreams are. But one day, it did, and my life was never the same again. I still haven’t seen everything, mostly because I want to see it all. But I think that’s the irony of travel– the more you see of the world, the bigger you find it. It’s a humbling experience, making me feel so big yet so little at the same time.
The only difference between you and I is that I took the most important step to chasing my dreams. I stepped out of my comfort zone. And boy was it was the hardest step of all. But trust me, the rest is easy after this. You already have it in you to begin with. You wouldn’t dream this big if you didn’t have what it takes. But of course, dreams are just dreams until you make it happen. So until you finally decide to go, there’s no guarantee that it will ever come true. Whatever your reasons are that’s stopping you, I want you to know that they’re just excuses. I’ve used them myself many times. The money, the time, the courage…they’re all lies! We plant them in our heads and we make believe that other things are far more important than our desire to travel. Until you learn how to prioritize this dream, then there’s not much you can do for yourself. Until you learn to trust your instinct that you were born to see the world, then it’ll remain like that forever– a dream. Just a sad, unfulfilled dream.
I promise you, the world is a beautiful place. I’ve only seen a small portion of it but it always makes me wonder that if such a small region could be so diverse and utterly breathtaking in its own charismatic way, then what more is out there waiting to be seen and devoured? The more I see, the more my mind craves. And the more I learn, the less knowledgable I feel. The love for travel, it will consume you. It’s inconvenient, ridiculous, and unrequited, yet it’s one of the most rewarding type of love. You will be gifted with something so intangible and no one else will ever be able to take it away from you– perspective.
Please, don’t give up on your dreams. Make it happen sooner than later. Because honestly, the time to go is now. Just make it work. Whatever is stopping you, find a way to unleash yourself from it and go. Whatever your circumstances are, find ways to deal with it and go. Whatever your fears are, you will defeat them once you go. Stop being jealous of people who are actually out there chasing the rawest adventures. Stop daydreaming and start living it.
Make it happen.
Do something about it.
Otherwise, you’re not a dreamer…
….but just another wannabe.