Reflections on traveling and self growth

Over the past year, I’ve been extremely blessed to have had great adventures that some people never have the chance to experience.

I’ve lived in four different cities on three continents, I’ve met people who’ve helped me understand myself in new and exciting ways, and I’ve come to understand my own voice.

This time last year, I was hiking the great wall of China.

This time two months ago, I was walking along the Berlin Wall.

I realize that some people only see the world through the cracked screens of their phones, or the pixelated panels of televisions, and in their hearts, there grows a deep, and often unquenchable desire that has no release.

On days like today, I look back on the past year and feel a bit overwhelmed by all I’ve seen — the whirl wind of faces and places that have gone by in one giant blur. And though I’m overwhelmed at times, I don’t think that it comes anywhere near the dissatisfaction I’d feel if I’d never left CT or DC.

When I deconstruct the smaller moments in that whirlwind, I see that my life has changed in amazing and exciting ways, and that the future does indeed have many treats in store.

There are moments when I get tired of traveling — I see pictures of my friends in more permanent places and feel like I’m missing something (family, permanent friends) who knows.

You’re only young one time, and with each breath we exhale, some of that precious youth leaves our body, so make sure that in those burgeoning moments, your heart stays fixed on chasing the ever receding flame of youth, and the warmth which emanates from it.

RM.

Culture writer featured in Noteworthy, The Writing Cooperative, USA Today & Olustories. Comedian & Musician. Thinker. ramanmcreates@gmail.com linktr.ee/airraman

Culture writer featured in Noteworthy, The Writing Cooperative, USA Today & Olustories. Comedian & Musician. Thinker. ramanmcreates@gmail.com linktr.ee/airraman