A question I have to keep asking myself is… why?
Why do I want to travel full time? Why have I given up a pretty good job and a safe lifestyle for uncertainty, risk and possible danger?
In a recent exercise I was asked to do, I pondered this very question which brings me to what I am passionate about.
I am passionate about travel. Always have been. I love being surprised by people, food, art, nature, whatever. That’s the stuff that gets me excited! With those experiences comes learning and I’m a sucker for learning something new, whether it be a new skill, a concept an idea or an art form. I’m always hungry for learning more. When you understand or get something at a deeper level it’s like being given a key to something greater. And with that privilege comes the responsibility of sharing that knowledge or understanding. That’s where teaching comes in.
Throughout my career as a pilot I have for the most part had a teaching role of some sort. I spent the best part of nine years as a line training captain and have worked as a flying instructor as well. Nothing pleases me more than if I manage to help some one reach a sounder level of understanding that encourages them to approach a problem as a more rounded person. Watching the penny drop for someone is very rewarding and if I have played a part in making that person safer or more aware, then that’s a win in my book. And without fail, I have learned something from them too.
Travelling is an education. An education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits.
Travel for me is also about coming home. I have spent 16 years away from my family and closest friends and when I eventually return home, that will be a very welcome feeling and the beginning of a new chapter… Reminds me of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist.
Another obvious answer to the big why is; life is precious and unfathomably short, I couldn’t accept wasting an opportunity like this when I’ve been given it.
“It’s a cliché that travel is the best education. But it’s really only a cliché to the people who stay at home, because it’s absolutely true.” – Terence McKenna
See you out there!