As I am writing this I am done with everything I need to get done for my big trip. I am actually sitting here writing this with tears. They are tears of joy, tears of fear, tears of hard work paying off, tears for the unknown, tears for all the loved ones I am leaving behind and tears for everything the lies ahead. I wish I could describe the feelings and emotions running through my mind right now, but no words can do so. As you are reading this I am probably on my way to the airport or in transit to Costa Rica or hell maybe I am already in Costa Rica!!!
These last few days have been amazing. It all started with my huge Birthday/Bon-Voyage Extravaganza & since then the fun has not stopped (okay it stopped for a bit when I sold Tyler.). I have been having lunch/dinner just about every day with friends and family that I love. I have enjoyed and cherished every moment of it.
The big day is finally here & I have said all my goodbyes. One of the things I cannot stop thinking about is how this whole thing started to begin with. I still remember the facebook status I posted when the idea of backpacking crossed my mind.
“Haven’t done any homework instead I’m laying on my bedroom floor listening to David Gray. Letting my thoughts & dreams consume my mind…” – 2/21/10
It was a little over a year ago that I came across a book online that talked about backpacking the world on $25/day. It’s a free book that describes backpacking, hostels and everything in the backpacking world. To be honest before that date I had no clue that backpacking existed. After reading that book I was in AWE… I just couldn’t believe it.
I then thought, “Wow if other people can do this so could I. I will quit my job and go backpacking across Europe for 3 months then come home and get a new job”. Well as I planned for the 3 months I found people backpacking Europe for longer than that so I thought hell I can go for 6 months. Then as I was researching for that I started finding different blogs of people backpacking for years. My original plan of 3 months in Europe had now morphed into 2 years around the world. As I was dealing with my DWI and being trapped and unhappy with life I let my dreams of traveling the world consume me. I saved like crazy and started getting everything ready for my big trip.
Now a year latter I am fully packed and ready to go. Sometimes I still can’t believe I’m about to do what I’m about to do. I mean in reality it is a little crazy, but afuckingmazing as well. Now that my dream is finally about to start, I want to give just one piece of advice to everyone.
“LET YOUR DREAMS & THOUGHTS CONSUME YOU.”
Weather you want to buy a house, finish school, move to another city/country, rent an apartment, have children, buy a new car or even travel the world let that dream consume you and make it happen. If you can dream it you can do it. Whatever your dream is, it may not be easy to achieve, but in the end all the hard work is going to pay off.
I know when I first told my friends and family about this idea not all of them were 100% behind me, hell I even thought it was selfish. Even though that was the case I didn’t let any of that deter me from making this happen. In the end we all know life is short so why not follow our dreams???
I also want to take a moment and give thanks to everyone that has helped me achieve my dream. That includes all my friends and family and also all my readers and twitter friends. I know it sounds silly but I mean it, I know I couldn’t have done this with out all the support I have received.
EEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeee I OFFICIALLY “BREAKAWAY”
(I know it makes NDS, but my site name is not BROKEAWAY)!!!!!!!
PS: This is the last post filed under “PRE-TRIP” because the next one will be from the road!!!