Have you ever dreamt of having a chance to really travel? We don’t mean a week in the Greek Islands here, maybe a month in Australia once every decade. We mean actual travel. Seeing the length and breadth of a country, a continent. Heading off the beaten track and find the true soul of a place. It’s a dream that so many of us have, but so few of us actually get to realise. After all, the prospect of doing just that is what tantalises us, what teases us and makes us get up every morning and go do the daily trudge. After all, it means that we can go and make ourselves useful, motivated by this far off goal. In truth though, is it actually a good idea?
We know what you’re thinking. How ridiculous, of course it’s an absolutely brilliant idea for you to have something to believe in, something to keep you going. After all, that’s what makes the world go round. From religion to politics to the simplicity of the weekend, all we actually want is a chance to set our sights on something above the everyday. If we can, then that means we’ll soon find ourselves with no fewer worries than we started but a reason why they’re all worth it. If you don’t have these goals to drive you, what do you have?
That much is true, but there is also an underlying issue there that few actually think about. The promise of tomorrow tomorrow is great and all, but what if it stops you from enjoying today. What if all your concerns about the future make you stop and stare for a little too long. What if they mean you spend your entire life working towards a better future. It might sound great and for many it’s a way to raise themselves out of depression, poverty and other similarly grim times. But it also stops us from living in the moment and enjoying what we have. The idea of this fantasy trip in the future might sound great, but is it truly? What are we sacrificing to get there.
The secret, as with most things in life, is to strike a balance. If you are so concerned with paying for this trip, hate your day-to-day life so much, that you cannot sleep, the pack it in. It’s not worth it. Don’t be miserable, don’t let yourself live like that. The promise of a better tomorrow can sometimes be just that. You can reach the promised land and find it no more satisfying than you did your previous desert. Or maybe you’ll realise that the slightly greener grass was not worth the hundreds of miles you trekked by foot.
There are exceptions of course. We’re not saying that it’s not worth some pain sometimes. Putting up with something for a week or two is not the end of the world. Neither is a month or two, so long as you don’t let it get to you. If you enjoy yourself and really let the spirit of what you’re doing calm you, you’ll quickly find that you can get so much pleasure from the simple things. Even completing your immense task might oddly become satisfying, knowing that you’re working towards a later goal. That can honestly be all that it takes sometimes. That will get you through the long hours and make it all worthwhile.
And for something truly exception, the same is true. If you’re saving for something really special, then it can be worth it to put in the toil. Think about yourself on the beaches of Italy, in the mountains of Spain, in the forests of France. It’s worth fighting for, isn’t it? Worth trying and struggling and clawing every last inch back because when you finally achieve what you need to, you’ll find that it was all worth it. Is there anything in the world that’s actually better than that? If there is, we can’t think of it. So keep on working, keep on striving. Those dream trips and bits of travel and moments you’ve seen again and again in your mind, they’re all very much possible. All it takes is for you to commit, to be ready and willing to give your all. Do that, and you can easily find yourself enjoying the trip of a lifetime. All it takes is the will to strive, to keep fighting through pain and fear. So do it. You deserve it, you can do it. Keep going, keep fighting, keep on keeping on. At the end of the day, that’s all it will take to give you the most brilliant experience you can think of. And that’s what you ultimately deserve. So don’t stop trying, the future can be yours if you’re only willing to reach for it.