“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain
There have been friends and family that have reached out to us with concerns regarding our choice to travel despite recent events. My heart is always warmed by the concerns, but in my mind, I somehow see things so very differently.
My heart has truly been broken over every terrorist attack that has happened; it truly, truly has. I, however, don’t feel that it should correlate with a growing fear to travel, and I hope it doesn’t for any of you either. Don’t get me wrong. Initially, I did feel a degree of fear, but then I took a moment to really think about it and realized how unnecessary it was to feel that way.
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance…Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” – John Lennon
Here’s the reality. There is some degree of risk at any point in time for any country. Some incidents just don’t get as much news coverage. At the end of the day, however, my husband and I love to travel. There is something very soulfully fulfilling about experiencing new cultures, trying new food, and meeting new people who grew up differently than we did. Hearing new languages, learning different ways of life, and seeing landmarks we’ve only seen in books and online have opened our minds to new perspectives. These are things we’ve experienced and felt; and before we even met our son, we had committed ourselves to sharing these joys with our future family. We agreed that we don’t want to trade any of that… for fear.
If everyone stopped traveling, it won’t be stopping evil. I guarantee you. It will, however, rob us all of new experiences, of new joys, and of new memories.
That said, I urge anyone that has the desire to travel to go ahead – travel. Whether it be a road trip or a flight overseas, soak your soul with new experiences. Meet new people. I truly feel that through travel, we can overcome any fears and any doubts we have about different people. I feel that through travel, we can fully understand that most people we meet are really good at heart – and that the world is, in fact, filled with more good than bad. I feel that with travel, we can better express love and expel fear and therefore live and enjoy this life with purpose and fullness, the way it should be enjoyed.
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
That, at the end of the day, is why we’re choosing to continue to travel. I hope that you do too.