“Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before.” Dalai Lama
I’m pretty sure the Dalai Lama was a wise person so I’ve decided to follow his advice. I’m going somewhere I’ve never been before. I’m going on a 3 month trip to Colombia. Solo. The only thing planned is my first 2 nights in Bogota.
I can’t focus. My physical body shakes with excitement. My soul is expectant. I know I’m about to do something amazing and for that I can’t focus. But I need to focus. I can’t afford to forget anything in my state of bliss.
I’m also afraid. I’m afraid that what if all the positive thoughts I have and the goals I have for this trip don’t get accomplished. I’m afraid that I will return back broke. I’m afraid that I won’t get any work done…
And so my days are a constant battle of excitement and worry. This state of limbo is perplexing as I remain calm externally but inside I’m a volcano bubbling.
The first questions that come to mind are why? Why go? Why Colombia? Why 3 months? And my reply is why not?
The popular quote “Not all those who wander are lost” by J. R. R. Tolkein applies to me. I’m not a silly girl running off on a boozy filled backpacking trip. I have set goals for this trip. So when I describe this trip as fulfilling a dream, it’s not a whim or a fantasy. This was a calculated step. Some things cannot be measured because I am not a psychic but that was also considered when I took this leap of faith. I know how I want this trip to go. I also know the consequences if this trip does not go well.
My eyes are wide open.
The purpose for this blog post is to hold me accountable for this trip. So here are my OST and goals for my trip:
Objective: Challenge myself
Strategy: experiment with work
Tactics: write quality blog posts; pitch ideas to blogs/websites/editors/etc; lose weight; complete a workbook; practice creativity
- Eat a vegetarian/pescatarian diet
- Learn how to express my creativity in new ways
- Do manicures and pedicures whilst on the road
- Practice my makeup still
- Create SMART goals for 2016 in regards to my career
- Go on a multiway hike (PNN Los Nevados, PNN El Cocuy, Ciudad Perdida)
- Learn how to scuba dive
- Skip for 15mins for x3 a week
- Walk 10,000 steps for x3 a week
- Write a daily blog post
- Express my creativity in new ways
- Read books and write reviews
- Explore different avenues for making money on the internet
A big reason for me is that I don’t want to look back. I want to look forward in life with satisfaction rather than back at my life with regret. For the past 5 years I’ve day dreamed about crystalline rivers, boat trips to Caribbean islands, fresh fruit and wearing summer dresses. I decided that I could no longer suffer in silence so I worked to make it happen. Many will not understand this dream, but they don’t have to since it is my dream. I know the intricacies of the dream and I am not ashamed. I’m not afraid of looking messy when it comes to my dream. Words fail me to describe the importance of doing this trip but I know it means something. And because I know the meaning, I work hard at it.
This is not a trip just for cool Facebook photos and Instagram likes. This is a trip that will stir my inner being. This is a trip that will provoke my creativity. Most importantly, for this trip to be a success, this trip will sharpen my discipline.
That’s why I’m going on an adventure.