Alain de Botton, renowned Author, Philosopher and founder of ‘The School of Life’ said that: “A journey is a process of feeling and inner transformation . Travel is a psychological experience and the psychological ingredient of happiness is why we travel – and travel, culture and art exist in the people we meet, so we need to be the creator of the ingredient and make life into a life of art!”
When you’re traveling you’re moving, but you also want to be moved! What is it that we are really searching for? And what is it that we hope to change?
I have often asked myself why I always travel and for so many years, I’ve been telling myself that I am just restless and that’s why I travel, but thinking about Botton’s words: “Traveling has ambition to change something in the inner world” – I know exactly why I’m traveling and it essentially all comes down to three things:
No elaboration needed.
Last year I traveled to the City of Love – Paris. Unfortunately, Paris turned into the city of sorrow, due to the terrorist attacks, I wrote about my Paris experience and how I still remember the sirens and the noise.
Ever since this day, I have been actively seeking the meaning of life – something Viktor Frankl says is a natural state of mind following a life threatening event.
When I was 21, I traveled solo to China, Australia and South East Asia, but I was traveling to get away from from my current world, as I’ve gotten older, and wiser, (because I’d like to think that I am a bit wiser), I wouldn’t say that I am trying to escape my reality, but I am creating my life, so traveling for me becomes an inner journey of getting to know myself as a person, my emotions, my moods, my struggles and most importantly, to figure out; what is the true meaning of life? And life’s purpose?
I do not want to wake up one day thinking, “what if” and feeling strong emotions of regret for the things I never did, the words I never said, the feelings I never felt and the dreams I never lived. Death is the only sure and inevitable thing in this world and I’m just trying to make sure I’m prepared to let go when that time comes.
Perhaps you should too?
Try asking yourself: “What am I most excited about in my life right now?” If you can’t answer this, then you’ll know whether to start preparing or not – and remember you don’t have to cluelessly jump on the next plane to destination-somewhere-in-the-world, the journey can start within and…with a simple thought.