The most bold thing I have ever done was travel the world by myself. I was inspired by my father reading me travel books before bedtime as a young child. As a teenager, I grew up in a very remote part of the world. A town with barely 700 people in it. A town with no stop light and a graduating class of 8. My best friends were my books. Nobody ever left. Nobody ever changed. I had to get out. Where was the art? The culture? The life? I fell asleep every night dreaming of faraway places I couldn’t pronounce. My biggest, wildest dream.
When I was 23, I achieved every successful checklist possible. Beautiful Home. Brand new car. Private Practice. Perfect credit score. The “perfect relationship.” What some would call, “The perfect life.” But all I had ever truly wanted, the thing that was most dear to my heart, was to travel. Not visit a place for a week and eat at fancy restaurants. I wanted to buy a one-way ticket. Immerse myself in culture and language. To wander aimlessly through foreign cities. Discovering the most beautiful art. My friends laughed at me. Discouraging me – “Why would you ever want to do that?”
Sure, I had a successful life but I knew that it was not truly in alignment with who I was. I wanted a life that reflected my inner being of creativity. The superficiality of my success was slowly suffocating me. Everyone told me it was impossible. Still, I couldn’t silence the voice. The world was calling, and I had to answer.
I left my brand new home. Closed my private practice. Sold all of my belongings. Walked away from everything that no longer felt right. I bought a one-way ticket. First to Hawaii. Then to Indonesia. Southeast Asia. Eventually Los Angeles. Malibu Coast. Oh, how I loved chasing the foam that the waves created on the beach. A road trip through Las Vegas that ended up turning into a longer stay than planned. Jackson Hole, WY. The journey continued. 6 long months. Traveling by myself. Each winding turn, I would smile to myself. They told me it was impossible. Yet, here I was. Breathing dreams -like air.