Thursday, September 11, 2008

We have to start somewhere

All too often for many people, their "somewhere" doesn't seem like an ideal place to be. Now this could very well apply to current physical location as well as general circumstances in life. I am not speaking of it as a bad thing per se, but more of something that can be changed and improved. Because something is not ideally what you would want or somewhere is not ideally where you would like to be does not mean you should be discouraged in the least! Just make the changes you need to make to be where you want to be. Knowledge is great, it really is, but it is completely and utterly useless unless we put it to use. We can know where we need to go, want to go, what we need to do to get there, but if we do not do any of those things, how can we expect things to change? Knowledge is not power, action on knowledge is power. I have been learning this more and more lately, and feel I am moving inexorably towards my goals the more I put this into practice.

As far as physical location is concerned, and as happy as I am to be where I am, irresistible inclinations to think about leaving still arise. Just getting up, packing a few things (sometimes the urges are so strong I do not even feel a need for that) and purchasing an open ended ticket to anywhere I want at the nearest airport. I propose that this is no bad thing. I happen to be quite passionate about traveling and the very thought of it is something that really motivates me. To me, this is a symbol of going after what I want and ending up where I want to be.

Through writing on this page, I have the intentions of assisting myself to stay accountable and interested in my travel goals along with keeping others informed on what I learn as I go. This includes my recollection of the trips I will be taking, both locally and to increasingly distant locations, thoughts I have along the way regarding the future and present, and updates on my travel plans I have been working on for a while now.

So sit back, relax, turn on a little “Postcards From Italy” by Beirut and know that this time is yours to do what you want with it.

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