Feet to move, places to roam
Just about a year ago, I came across a travel blog that I immediately fell in love with. Brooke Saward, the creator of World Of Wanderlust a few weeks back wrote on her completely addictive website (which I keep revisiting), stating “I can’t commit to a post code, let alone a relationship” and it began to make me think, and think hard about being committed to certain responsibilities in general. I then realized, when did I ever really sign off on a contract saying that I HAD to be committed to a University faculty, a relationship, a job, attending classes on a regular basis; when did I ever feel that I had to be tied down to something that I am not 100% madly in LOVE with? Once I began asking myself these questions, I almost broke down into tears thinking that I could be happier with my life. I am not obligated to be committed to anything simply because I feel I should be.
I am one of those people that craves the desire to be free. I cannot sit longer than 15 minutes without beginning to tap my foot, fidget with my ring, scroll through Instagram hoping someone is doing something remotely exciting, I go absolutely crazy if I am not participating in some sort of activity 24/7. Once I realized that at this day in age, if I really wanted to go somewhere, I can go, just like that. It is as simple as boarding one flight or train and being anywhere in the world in just a matter of hours, how crazy is that? If you asked me to pack my bags for an adventure, I would have everything in my life picked up, packed up, and gone, ready to go in less than 10 minutes. This is only because I am young, and just a short few weeks away from turning 21. I don’t really have anything I would miss deeply if I were to leave and not come back for a couple months time. Of course I would miss my parents, perhaps a few friends but we also have the technology now to FaceTime, Skype, whatever your choice of communication may be, and it would be like I never really left. However, I do like the concept of being off the grid and not being easy to find or even reachable. I am one of those people who gets slightly excited once my phone reaches an out of service area.
Commitments aren’t promises. I can break free from any of these responsibilities at any point in time and I would still be okay. I don’t like the idea that we are all suppose to be on this timeline of events; graduate high school, move onto University, get a real job, married, kids… eventually you die. You will die by living on dull series of events that one day you might look back on when you are 60 and wish you didn’t follow the norm or what society expects from you. People who follow these trends are not bad people, but for myself I am noticing it is not an ideal standard to live by. I don’t want to be committed to anything but happiness in the best and most satisfying form possible. Once I find out what that way of living is, I will let you know.