There once was an old king who sent two of his top officials to prospect other lands. One of the officials was arrogant and self-absorbed; the other was generous and open-minded. When the king questioned their findings, the generous official had found that the locals were hospitable and generally kind-hearted. The other official scoffed and noted that the locals were full of schemers and barbarians. The king laughed to himself, for he had sent them to the same exact city.
At the core of our existence, we long to travel and explore. We were not created to sit still and live life within the comfort of our homes. Why do we have such an obsession with sending man to the moon or creating ships to sail the open-seas? Why is it so important to discover new worlds and meet others that think differently than you? These are all important questions to ask yourself, because it helps you to get to the bottom of what you have been longing to do your entire life: explore.
Although this is not a travel blog, it is one of my favorite passions in life. Every big idea or favorite memory has pointed back to me traveling or exploring something new in life. I recently just got back from a trip to Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick's day in a true Irish fashion. During this trip, I rediscovered a few keys to life that I hope you can take something away from.
1. Being present is crucial to fully experiencing the world around you. The past nor the future do not exist, only right now.
2. Every person has a story to tell. It is so easy to judge someone by their exterior and never get to know the real person that lies asleep on the inside. Listen more than you speak, and don't be afraid to say "hello" to your neighbor.
3. It is important to REST before and after your biggest opportunities in life. Take time to prepare your body and mind for what is to come, and take time to reflect on the experiences that you will remember for the rest of your life.
4. There WILL be setbacks, but that is just an indicator that something major is about to happen next. I have stopped letting setbacks ruin my day, I anticipate them and expect greatness to follow.
5. The scarier, the better. If you knew at one point you wanted to do it, but there is a present fear of committing, then you know that the experience is worth it! Forget your fears exist and just do it.
6. The less the merrier. The less material things that you are holding onto and carrying around, the easier it will be to travel and to mentally free yourself from things in life.
7. Money is a root of all evil. There will always be a concern that this is way out of your price range. Don't splurge, but it is also important to understand that travelling is an investment in yourself. How much did you spend on a college degree to develop your resume? Why not spend less than 1% of that to develop your outlook?
8. Travel is not limited to other countries. You have an entire storybook waiting to be written that is right in front of you. You do not have to go far to experience losing yourself in the moment discovering something new.
I would love to hear about any upcoming trips or vacations that you have planned for this year! If you want any tips or recommendations for getting prepared or how to explore when you get there, feel free to reach me at: Info@rennershigh.com
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