“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.”
Change is part of life, it’s even its essence. I’ve had to head that far away from home to find myself, what I really am and what I do want in life. “Getting lost will help you find yourself.”
Whether I like it or not, I think I sort of adopted that typically Aussie “no worries” attitude.
“If you are facing an issue, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can then do it, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.”
I’m really glad of that learning, makes my everyday life much easier.
Happiness is a choice.
Well I spent those 3 past years traveling, and the 2 past months of my life literally on the road, living in a car. Nevertheless, after Ireland, Spain and Australia, I start feeling a bit like “I’ve been traveling in this world too long, it’s time to find my way back home”.
Only my definition of the word “home” has changed in the meantime. “Home” means Europe to me now. I’m more proud and glad than ever to be European, to know that I’m free to stay, settle down and live absolutely anywhere I want within the borders of our good old continent. How priceless is that feeling to be able to start over a new life anytime I wanna??
This is definitely something great, and when I see my American travel mate who’s talking about the 3 months he’s gonna spend in Europe, traveling between Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Prague, Faro, Seville etc., it actually makes me sad for him. Indeed, just like everyone else who’s not European, his tourist visa is going to expire after 3 months. Having an overview of what paradise is and then getting kicked out after 3 months only must be the cruellest thing I ever heard of.
Well well well, seems like time’s running out…
Let me tell you something now that the road trip is over; all along the way I never thought we would make it to Cairns. I mean this was a very ambitious project and our car was far away from being in good condition… But I never told so to my travel mates, I’ve always been the optimistic of the team, always going like “We’ll make it guys, tomorrow is another day!!” or “We’ll find a way, that’s what we always do!”. Probably because I hate pessimistic people, or maybe just because that whole trip was a kind of dream to me, and I never give up on my dreams.
“The only thing that motivates people more than fear is hope. But too much hope is a dangerous thing. A little hope provides a spark that keeps people going, striving.”
And surprisingly one day as I was driving I’ve seen a sign “CAIRNS 19Km”… And as weird as it sounds, it didn’t make me happy. I even remember slowing down on purpose after passing that sign, like I didn’t mean to arrive… You know it’s like when you try to fall asleep again when you’ve been awakened too early in a middle of a sweet dream…
All the way up, we were used to see signs like “CAIRNS 3780Km” or “CAIRNS 2428Km” but this time we all knew that was it, we somehow managed to reach our final destination.
That sorrow was only due to the fact that we all knew that there wouldn’t be any more stop after on, we would all leave Cairns on our own, after having spent 2 months together from dawn to dusk… “It’s not the destination, it’s the adventure along the way.”
Happiness: knowing that you’re running into a wall, and still accelerating.
“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving”.
In the end what I understood is that a trip like a life in general doesn’t have to be perfect. One cannot spend his life waiting for the moment everything is gonna be perfect like in movies. It just has to roll out a way that makes you happy, glad to be alive or simply just a way that’s gonna make you feel alive.
I dedicate these writings to the ones who made my year: Marcellito, Carolin, Marcel, Teija, Alessandro, Fanny, Matt, Maggini and of course Gab & Max.
May the wind be always at your back.
“Nothing distinguishes memories from ordinary moments. It is only later that they claim remembrance. By their scars.”