Our [experience] Awaits In Norway
have been back from Greece now for almost a month and the unforgettable experiences of friendship, family, love, history, and tradition will stay with me. My running play list has also gained a piece of Greece (which I encourage everyone to hear).
What I've learned on the road so far
Owning a home allowed for the ability to collect physical pieces during my travels. A basecamp to store, reflect, and share physical memorabilia with has changed.
For now, there are only experiences that I gather. Even as small as a piece of beach glass that I love to collect, I now find myself picking up, appreciating it and put it back down. It was difficult to let some things go, but what I found so freeing was not only the physical clutter, but also the mental and emotional baggage become simplified.
Don't get me wrong; there is a time and place for home base and security. I come from a stable home and built one similar for my own children. Saying goodbye to my parents' home was more difficult than my own. It may seem extreme to some to give up everything and travel the world with one suitcase and a backpack, but all that I have learned from my life comes with me. I am not starting over or walking away from my past, the future is unknown and an ever-changing journey, the experiences and circumstances from my past will continue with me as I gain new insights along the way.
There are so many possible ways of living your life on this planet. My next trip I will be sharing with my youngest son. Even though this is a small taste and corner of the planet, I am hoping our experience will give him insight and openness to the plethora of possibilities the world has to offer. Welcome to the beginning of adult life, my son.
"Honey, what are you waiting for?"
When spoken to someone just starting out. How is this relevant? When you think time is on your side, when you think what’s the hurry? I can only speak from experience. Yesterday, I was 20 (and apparently I still am in my head); today I probably have more history then future.
My father would ask me everyday:
“Are you happy? You have to make yourself happy, life is short, make the most of everyday."
I promise Dad, I am doing my best.
I hope to pass this wisdom onto my sons and anyone who is still reading and listening. I have learned to be true to my soul. Define your happiness. Discover your joy.
Here we go my son; our [experience] awaits in Norway.