I love this quote.
Most people probably interpret this quote by alluding to life in general. Do something with your life, get out of your comfort zone as they say and do something different. Yes, life at home in your comfort zone is nice and safe, but isn’t there more to life than just stay at home safe and sound?
I know, I know, for many people that is exactly what makes them happy and that is fine. For me, however, not leaving my harbor is not an option. Travelling for me means anything: literally travel from location A to B, and figuratively travel or rather develop from my old me to my new me. Do you know what I mean?
For now, let’s talk about travelling in a literal sense. Whenever I travel, I take my boat out (not literally though, I don’t own a boat) and set sail to discover new shores or revisit those I already know. So far I have been lucky and not encountered any severe storms. A stronger breeze maybe, but nothing to worry about. For me travelling broadens my horizons in many ways. I discover, I meet new people and cultures, I see things and sites I have only seen on TV or read about. I learn a lot. And then, when I return, I teach. Not by imposing my views, but by sharing what I have experienced.
Mind you, for a long time I didn’t have the money to travel. Or at least I thought I didn’t. I found out that you don’t need a lot of money to travel your neighbourhood and your surrounding area. You don’t even need to have a car to do that. You can bike or even simply walk. Sometimes your feet the better means of transport. The reduction of speed enables you to see things and take time to explore them, look at them and study them. I wouldn’t have seen that extraordinarily beautiful butterfly had I taken my car. Take a guess how many butterflies you have missed because of driving and not walking! Of course this goes for many other things too. It’s the Discovery of slowness all over again.
Long story short: get out there, don’t blame your lack of travelling on lack of funding. Put on your shoes and go. Buy a bus or train ticket and go. Buy a plane ticket and go. Whatever you do, just go!