After years of travel, a 219 day round the world trip and being quite a free spirit, I just recently realised a very important thing: Life, travel, and making connections – it is all about trust.
The moment we put ourselves out there and open up is when we let go of our assumptions and simply trust. It makes us vulnerable, but also incredibly rich.
In today’s world of social media obsession, “overnight successes” (a concept I don’t believe in anyway, but that is a different story), broken promises and the constant need to be more, we often forget how to trust.
We forget how to trust the universe, the people around us and, most importantly, us.
When being at home, I sometimes really struggle with the lack of trust in my environment. Fear, doubts, assumptions – they all suffocate love and trust.
Why do people forget how to trust? I don’t know.
But I guess it is because we are afraid to really open up and be vulnerable. Afraid to make mistakes and start anew. Afraid to really live.
The thing is, worrying is a waste of time. Good and bad things will happen in life. You just have to keep living, not stress over what you can’t control and trust that everything will be alright in the end.
So how do we learn to trust again? For me, it is to travel. Go out into the world and immerse in life. When we leave our comfort zone and stumble into the unknown, we’re scared and insecure. And that is totally normal.
But what we don’t realise until long after our journeys is that it is times like these that help us grow. To travel means to trust. Whether that is talking to strangers at a hostel bar, or simply being on your own on the other side of the world. You learn how to trust yourself and your gut feeling.
And with trust, our experiences get so much more enriching and our emotions so much deeper.
Of course, you should still maintain a sense of reason and practical thinking. Trusting the world you live in doesn’t mean to be naïve. It means to believe that the heart of life is good and that whatever happens, there is always a reason.
For now, just know that you already have to ability to fully trust yourself and the world out there. This ability might be hidden somewhere deep down under layers of bad experiences, disappointment and pain. But it is there.
Start travelling inside and outside of yourself and you will rediscover your trust. You will learn how to lean into life and it will make everything so much more beautiful.
At the centre of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. – Lao Tsu
Always happy travels!