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Over the last twelve months, my life has pretty much fallen apart. And honestly, I think it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

During my final year of school, I made great plans to travel. I was going to climb mountains and swim in strange seas; meet interesting people and see the world with them. Only I never went. I made all sorts of excuses at the time, all of them very sensible, but I was also scared.

Instead of following my heart, I followed my head: I went from school straight to university, into a job and back into education. And that attitude followed me everywhere I went. Head over heart. I was so painfully sensible that I forgot to be happy.

Fast forward 5 years and all those sensible decisions have come crashing down around me. And I’ve realised that living my life that way never really made sense at all. So this summer, I threw my sensibly acquired savings into a backpack, and went travelling through Europe.

Call me a cliché (if you’re feeling kind) or pretentious (if you’re not), but it was the best time of my life. And having rediscovered what it means to be happy, if only for a few weeks, I am never going back.

Midnight trip to the beach in Nice
Midnight trip to the beach in Nice

I don’t know if that means travelling more, although at this point I hope it does. Maybe I’ll find something here in London that makes me glad to spring out of bed in the morning. I don’t know where I’m going, and that’s ok.

For now, I’ve going to enjoy being lost, in every sense of the word.

And I thought to myself, oh son, you may be lost in more ways than one. But I’ve a feeling that it’s more fun than knowing exactly where you are.Passenger, Keep on Walking

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5 thoughts on “New Pages

  1. Be lost in the right direction. Traveling is the only thing that makes you rich inside. You can discover a World you didn’t even know was there. You learn new cultures, you meet new people. You do things that you wouldn’t have done in your hometown. You hang out with people that you wouldn’t even consider hanging out back at home.
    You listen to story. You live the life.
    Traveling turn you into a storyteller .
    There is nothing more beautiful in this World than traveling and than to explore the World we live in.

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  2. I can very much relate to this whole head over heart and sensible thing. I think a lot of people can, but it’s so good to hear people talk about it so we know we’re not alone. I wanted to write but was too scared to write and disguised the fear with doing the sensible thing. Love your open, honest writing style. Keep going!

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