We live in the age of social media, influencers, brand ambassadors, bloggers and vloggers. We are constantly exposed to lifestyles we wish we could imitate. We traverse on paths previously laid out for us, limited to narrow futures, which enclose us in a claustrophobically small box of thoughts. Personally, I have never been able to comprehend people who desire to indefinitely stay in one place because they feel comfortable, not imagining the rewards discomfort can bring.
We live in bubbles. Fabrics of our own imaginations, a result of our own strategy of self-containment, of the view of societal norms that have been – slowly but surely – instilled in our minds. We have refused to put ourselves out there and discover who we really are because we’re afraid we might actually find out, and we’re pushed back by the intellectual effort required to do so. We’re pushed even harder by others’ perception of how we should be and how we ought to think. The secret to discovering who we are is discovering the world, putting ourselves out there and taking in all the differences that make us special.
Travelling – in its purest form – is the only investment that will always yield a higher return than originally required. It is synonymous with opening your mind to new cultures, new ideas, new paradigms. Once you adjust your expectations of how you believe the world functions, only then can you burst your bubble and realize that there are as many ways to interact with the world as there are individuals who live and breathe. Life is not a zero-sum game. You might think you have heard or read this a hundred times before, but there is much more to travel than learning another language or finding beautiful sceneries. You’ll be surprised at the amount of knowledge you can gather if you choose to search for it.
The beauty of travelling is that there is a myriad of ways to do it while staying true to the spirit. What is really essential is that you seek the opportunities to learn with humility. With that in mind, you never really learn as much about yourself as you do when you are outside of your own environment. Business is a people’s game, politics is a people’s game, life is a people’s game, and to play it well you have to know how to handle yourself when you are not comfortable, when someone thinks on a completely opposite manner as you, when you don’t quite understand someone else’s particular style. The more varied your observations, the more successful you will be at reading situations, not only because you’ll identify the nuances of each one, but also because you’ll have an improved knowledge of how your mind processes them. Remember to keep an open mind, just not so open that your brains can fall out. The most effective way to do this is to travel consciously, at least until someone else proves me otherwise.