- Not all people suck. In fact some people are freakin awesome. Where I grew up, everyone was basically the same, and i never really liked being surrounded by people trying so hard to fit in, trying so hard to be boring (me included at one point). Surrounded by mundane lives chugging alone the assembly line created by society and running from pressure. House wives and unfulfilling office jobs or schools teaching nothing of importance to the individuals. Now this all sounds a bit harsh I’m aware, but growing up in this same place being the only person I knew that actually wanted to leave and explore more and be more, was hard. And these lives might be all good and well for these people I call my neighbours or ‘friends’ but
not me, and I thought I was alone in this, but out there, I’m not. Out there your differences are celebrated because the more different you are as a traveler the more interesting you are,and the more you can learn from one another.
- Independence is great. Out there I learnt what it was like to be truly independent, well okay I know what you might be thinking. That independence is a mortgage and a car and a job but no, the definition of independent is ‘free from outside control, not subject to another authority’ or ‘not depending on another’. And this is how I lived in New Zealand, completely my control, my own person. A self-sufficient freethinker. And it was great.
- Possessions don’t own you. In words of the great MOD SUN. “possessions don’t own you man, that will always be my mantra”. When you start missing objects, when you start missing your laptop, your clothes, your books or bed or whatever, then you are missing the point. These things that you own are supposed to add to your life not to you as a person, take away the walls around you and everything inside it, you should be the same person, just as happy just as sad. Taking things away shouldn’t subtract from your mind or soul. Once you realize how nugatory everything really is, that everything is just apart of the universe then you can see that you can not belong to anything or anyone.
- There is beauty in everyplace. You could be in the middle of no where or in the middle of a bustling city, everywhere you go you can find beauty. And with that, you can find something within yourself that is beautiful too.
- Age is just a number. You would meet people from all walks of life and all ages. I never thought I would have brunch with a 30-year-old, but she was so free-spirited. And I met some of the most grounded and wise 20 year olds. Age truly is just a number.
- Your comfort zone is e x p a n d a b l e. Once not comfortable getting on the bus into town or ordering food, now I’m planning trips all over the word and have friends who are scattered all over it. If I can go to the other side of the world for 6 weeks alone at 18, then anyone can and if I can do that then I can do anything, it’s a real confidence booster too.
Bonus 7. I’m very lucky