Written from Trujillo, Peru in 2013
I don’t know how you feel about fortune-tellers, but I once had my palm read by a large bespectacled man, tucked in the back of a new age shop. He peered deep into my palm and grumbled, “nope, I don’t see any travel in your life.” Making the incense swirl into mad spirals, I hurried away from the table, angry that some stranger could say such an awful thing about my life. Then I set out to prove him wrong.
I’ve never had much money, but I’ve always had dreams, and if those prove to be stronger, than I believe that you can accomplish anything. “I wish I could travel.” Do you really? What are the sacrifices you need to make in order to realise that statement? An old proverb, or maybe my father, said that if you don’t know the steps to achieve your goals, then you’re not actually serious about them. Be true to yourself and your own ambitions. I went to school and like many others; I worked two jobs in order to pay tuition and travel. I didn’t have time to party and when I had a night off it was a Monday when my friends were still recovering from the weekend, I didn’t drive, I rode my bicycle. This was part of my sacrifice/compromise in order to live a life true to my dreams.
The important thing is that I was fortunate to have people who helped fuel my dreams with their support. It’s important to share your dreams and through that sharing, discover mentors in your life that will inspire and surprise you. I often feel lost, as we all do, but I know that one day, I’ll be fat with the answers of experience. That’s my own path; what’s yours?
So how did I end up in the desert of Peru, living in the bustling city of Trujillo, slowly discovering it’s hidden cafes and museums? I followed my passions. It is so easy to say, ‘follow your dreams’ but what does that really mean? For me, it means living a life where you are in constant search of experiences and relationships that reflect value and meaning. It means taking responsibility for your own life. As DuBois says, “as you live believe in life.” Live like you mean it. Make your own sacrifices to learn and explore. We all make excuses; just make sure that they aren’t getting the best of you. Ensure that you are getting the best from your own life. Life is here; death is here, how do you want to greet them?
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke.” – Hunter S. Thompson