It has been 77 days since I parted ways with my chiropractic practice to pursue a dream of traveling around the world.
Currently, I am sitting in a giant metal tube 40,000 feet in the air on my way to NYC. I can’t believe I have been traveling for 2.5 months so far. Some days feel much longer than others, but overall the experience has flown by.
We have experienced some pretty amazing things so far and encountered some really frustrating challenges.
The highlight of the trip has definitely been rock climbing. We developed a passion for climbing that exceeded my expectations, but I am certainly leaning into the feeling and looking for ways to explore the world with a rope and a harness.
We have met extraordinary people from all over the world. We have stayed at five star hotels and no star shacks. We have had some expensive food and $1 street food. We have met some of the nicest people on the planet and encountered some of the rudest and most frustrating.
We’ve had things stolen and lost but more than made up for it with the generosity of people and experiences along the way.
Being away for so long and living out of a suitcase really puts things in perspective and makes me grateful for some of the simple things in life like a good home cooked steak and a decent pillow.
Man, I never appreciated a decent pillow until now.
I realize that we only get one life to live and living in fear is no way to live it. Life passes you by way too quickly.
I have been meeting many travelers along this journey that are in their early to mid 20s and just working and traveling around the world. They are living day to day and traveling until their money runs out. Then they go back to work until they have enough money to travel again.
There is such a freedom in that. To get on the road with nothing to lose and experience the rawness of what the world has to offer.
There are times when I question my decision to travel. Of course, it would have been more prudent to continue working, but being prudent isn’t always memorable. Being prudent doesn’t always create exceptional experiences. Being prudent doesn’t always build lifelong relationships.
Sometimes it’s important to throw prudence out the window, take big risks, and follow your passion.
One of my favorites quotes that exemplifies this idea is “You’ll regret more the things you did not do than the ones you decided to do.”
Stop always being so prudent, go against the grain, and do something you’ve always wanted to do.
My philosophy more and more is evolving into the idea that there are only 2 types of experiences: extraordinary ones that feel amazing and ones that are crap but make for great stories.
Go out and make both.
– Matt Westheimer