I just wanted to get a small intro behind the scenes up before I dive in. I refuse to live a surface level life, I don’t believe to be a surface level person. I want to experience everything, I want to go everywhere, I want to give life everything I have, and love is my one and only driving force in this life. I am a very in-depth and passionate. I love to communicate and express myself. You may get that from the way I write if you start following along. I love with all of my being.
Yes, romantic love moves me, and that may be part of this journey, but (that’s a different story) I believe in love as an act of thoughtfulness. The love and compassion you have for a homeless person to make eye contact with them even to acknowledge their existence, even if you don’t want to give them a dime. I believe in the love that empowers people to practice random acts of kindness and pay for the person behind them in the Dunkin Donuts drive through (guilty). I believe in the kind of love that befriends and talks to the coworker or student that no one talks to. Love is true intentions, honest words and actions. This is what drives me, this is the bottom line of every conversation I have, behind every action I make and every word I speak.
I was sitting at my gate and thinking about my 90 days ahead. As a US citizen in Europe, you can travel without a visa if you don’t exceed 90 days and provide proof of return. I took out my phone, took a funky picture to post on Instagram, and my caption was “Everything eventually connects. I don’t know where this is leading me, but I know everything has led me to this day”. I submitted this, and I sat there for a moment extremely present, and I started to get emotional. Tears of joy, tears of the unknown, tears of fear, tears of freedom, tears because I am finally free from everything that I have let hold me back? The world may never know. What I do know is that I am happy to take this chance on myself. What I do know is that I am in a place where I am living my life for myself and I am following the feeling and making the moves.
In these 90 days I am going to explore the cities and towns of countries that I am choosing by heart. No particular order, just going with my flow starting in Lisbon, Portugal. I have always had a passion for travel. I have a passion for sustainability, volunteerism, local life philosophies and self-discovery. I have always been drawn to going down the path less taken to see where it takes me. Walking into a world that is so unknown is empowering to me; challenging my mentality and my ego, my heart, and my beliefs. You may not be traveling the world at the moment, but together we are both Traveling Through Life.