“Did you know, you can quit your job, you can leave university? You aren’t legally required to have a degree, it’s a social pressure and expectation, not the law, and no one is holding a gun to your head. You can sell your house, you can give up your apartment, you can even sell your vehicle, and your things that are mostly unnecessary. You can see the world on a minimum wage salary, despite the persisting myth, you do not need a high paying job. You can leave your friends (if they’re true friends they’ll forgive you, and you’ll still be friends) and make new ones on the road. You can leave your family. You can depart from your hometown, your country, your culture, and everything you know. You can sacrifice. You can give up your $5.00 a cup morning coffee, you can give up air conditioning, frequent consumption of new products. You can give up eating out at restaurants and prepare affordable meals at home, and eat the leftovers too, instead of throwing them away. You can give up cable TV, Internet even. This list is endless. You can sacrifice climbing up in the hierarchy of careers. You can buck tradition and others’ expectations of you. You can triumph over your fears, by conquering your mind. You can take risks. And most of all, you can travel. You just don’t want it enough. You want a degree or a well-paying job or to stay in your comfort zone more. This is fine, if it’s what your heart desires most, but please don’t envy me and tell me you can’t travel. You’re not in a famine, in a desert, in a third world country, with five malnourished children to feed. You probably live in a first world country. You have a roof over your head, and food on your plate. You probably own luxuries like a cellphone and a computer. You can afford the $3.00 a night guest houses of India, the $0.10 fresh baked breakfasts of Morocco, because if you can afford to live in a first world country, you can certainly afford to travel in third world countries, you can probably even afford to travel in a first world country. So please say to me, “I want to travel, but other things are more important to me and I’m putting them first”, not, “I’m dying to travel, but I can’t”, because I have yet to have someone say they can’t, who truly can’t. You can, however, only live once, and for me, the enrichment of the soul that comes from seeing the world is worth more than a degree that could bring me in a bigger paycheck, or material wealth, or pleasing society. Of course, you must choose for yourself, follow your heart’s truest desires, but know that you can travel, you’re only making excuses for why you can’t. And if it makes any difference, I have never met anyone who has quit their job, left school, given up their life at home, to see the world, and regretted it. None. Only people who have grown old and regretted never traveling, who have regretted focusing too much on money and superficial success, who have realized too late that there is so much more to living than this.”
I don’t see myself as an old fashioned person. I like to think as open minded as I am I still reserve some good old traditional values in me. But it truly baffles me when it comes to the mentality of some people and their personal agenda.
What gets me wonder most of the time is what are people’s value of memories and bond built over time. I believe that two people get together not because it’s by choice but in a very special way two people are connected. I don’t believe that two people just meet and got together, I believe in destiny and every happens for a reason.
I hold sentiments very close to me because I believe those are what cannot be bought with money, and they are the most priceless thing that two people share. I’m bamboozled by how people can drop everything in a split second and forget about moments shared and move on.
What I’m trying to say is, even though we live in a modern world does that make it ok for people to just live and let go of things and people that once meant something to them? Irregardless of what could or may be the reason behind that ending of all that but aren’t we all suppose to give ourselves some time to think about what was so special and the reasons why those moments were made.
I rather grow old to know that I have tried to make things work when we have differences instead of throwing things away when it gets hard. Old is still gold.
In the process of growing up, people come and go, it’s part of life. Some leaves a short note on your journey and some are here to stay. For good.
You can’t choose who to stay and who you want leave and often you think the people that were part of your life once, some forgets you and moved on, yet some remembers you. Some comes back as memories while some reminds you of what you once meant to them and how much they treasure you.
Life has taught me that there are lot of things you can’t buy with money, loyalty is not blood. Enough said. Life sucks at times but it sucks more when you think the ones that will stick by you tends to be the ones who will abandon and forget you.
In the process and the course of all that, we either grow or allow it to hold us back. Life is unpredictable, betrayal is inevitable. There are things and people in life that are worth keeping and some you are better off without.
We live in a world, reality is cruel but that’s what helps us survive through it all. Change is the only constant thing in life, nothing lasts forever.
People come and go, people die and leave the people they love behind, some people just choose to live a different set of life. Life is such and we don’t always get what we want.
Treasure the ones that never left you, appreciates the ones who abandoned you when you needed them most, because they made you a stronger and better person.