Growing up, I always thought that a ‘vacation’ was an escape from everyday life. It was that trip you took for a week in the summer with your family to the beach, did nothing except lay in the sand, swim in the surf and eat lots and lots of seafood. It was essentially ‘a break from reality’, a pause to revel in life’s sweet pleasures. It didn’t last long, but you always remember the memories made on the trip and look forward to the next vacation down the road.
But…have you ever taken a ‘journey’? A trip that’s changed you? A trip that’s changed how you think about life and the world? And what is a ‘journey’ as opposed to a ‘vacation’? Here’s what Webster’s says:
noun, plural jour·neys.
I prefer definition #4 above – “passage or progress from one stage to another”. Discovering something you didn’t know along the way, evolving, growing, lessons learned, destiny evident in every move you make. One such journey occurred one year ago this very week for me – a very special trip that taught me so much. And isn’t this what travel is for anyways? To open yourself up to whatever might happen, be blown by the wind to discover and learn new things, meet new people and be connected to the world on a grander scale. I think we can learn so much from traveling, not only about other people…but about ourselves if we simply let go, and open ourselves up. So, think about your next holiday…do you want it to be a ‘vacation’ or do you want to take a ‘journey’? And what is your real destination?