The older I get it seems the more of a scaredy cat I become in terms of traveling. Where there was once unbridled willingness to go first, ask questions later there is now…
- Hmm, is that safe?
- Will I have time?
- Will I be tired?
- Will the weather be bad?
- Will it be fun?
- Will I feel lonely?
- Will it be hard to find a place to stay?
- What if it’s crowded?
And so on, and so on, and so on… With a hat tip to a post I think about often regarding seeing signs, I recently started reading a copy of the classic “Around the World in Eighty Days” that I picked up at a yard sale. There on the page when I needed it, was a sign for me:
-Phileas Fogg Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
“The unforeseen does not exist.”
I can’t know what is coming next until I put myself out there in the world. It doesn’t exist until I’m in it.
With the frame of mind that I’ve been in, that phrase was something that I needed to see. Sometimes I get turned around thinking of all of the ‘what ifs’ on the negative side that I forget that there are the ‘what ifs’ that completely counteract them on the positive side.
- What if it is completely safe?
- What if I’m not tired?
- What if the weather is awesome?
- What if it is the most fun thing EVER?
Sometimes when I’m talking to my friends and family and I tell them that I’m scared of this or that, they look at me quizzically and say something like you are not. Maybe I do a good job of masking it or allowing my curiosity to trump my fear? There are some things in life that my curiosity will absolutely win out on even though I feel like I am about to shit my pants. For example – going up the Eiffel Tower. I was absolutely terrified, but I had to know…
I want to be brave enough to head out there in to the world and see what happens, even if it’s just one bite of the elephant at a time.