Have you ever asked yourself the question …
Is this all there is?
Perhaps you’ve reached the peak … the top level of your career, relationship, or even creative goals and, after the initial excitement, thought to yourself, “Why do I feel so bland?”
A few years ago, I felt that way when I was returning to South Florida after
living in Burlington, Vermont for a few years.
I had accomplished some worthy goals but on my arrival back to Florida, I felt bland and uninspired.
This feeling was similar to the way I felt, years earlier, when I worked as an assistant for Charlie, an older Irish fellow who renovated kitchens in an 55-and-over condominium community in Lake Worth, Florida.
Whenever Charlie and I entered a Home Depot, to purchase supplies, the surroundings were so uninspiring-to-me that my mind would go blank, I would roam the aisles in a state of boredom and fatigue.
Even while working in the condos, with their low ceilings, stale area, lonely furniture, and boring conversations about redoing the kitchen cabinets, I would fall into this pool of blandness, so much so I went into blindspot mode, leaving me unable to find the specific tools Charlie asked for, even if they were sitting smack-dab on top of his tool bag.
I worked for Charlie for six months. Then he met a widowed-lady who invited him to join her on a long-distance cruise. He took her up on the offer. Haven’t seen him since. He’s probably redoing her cabinets on some remote Pacific island.
Sometimes it comes out of nowhere …
Despite your accomplishments, there will come those moments where you feel hungry for something new.
Travel, to a new place, can help satiate feelings of boredom and blandness.
That unanswered nagging feel that’s scratching at your brain?
Travel will take you to a place where you find the answers.
Change your physical location, and your mental and emotional state will follow.
It’s too expensive!
It doesn’t have to be …
You can travel for cheaper than you think.
Often, traveling on-the-cheap results in the richest experiences.
Whether it’s camping, hitchhiking, staying in hostels, working on farms, couchsurfing, or a combination of these, you’re likely to have a deeper, more meaningful experience, when you abandon the more conventional travel methods.
We did it.
So can you.
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