These few months of minimalism have made me realize what is important to me.. what inspires me.. and what I’ve discovered about myself, stripped from the “surface” and the “stuff” I’ve built around and within me.
I haven’t shared this publicly on my blog yet but starting in June I’ll be traveling around the world (mainly Central America, South America and the islands. First country: Ecuador) with just a backpack filled with the bare minimum. No laptop. No luxuries. No “extras.” I’ll have my phone with me and I’ll be using that to update my blog with where I’m at and to keep in contact.
Why am I going to travel? I want to continue my journey of mimimalism and most importantly, to volunteer. Volunteer my time and effort to help others along this journey — learn to conserve the Amazon jungles, play and share joy with kids, build water systems for underprivileged villages, immerse in other cultures.
And for how long? That is something I don’t know myself and I don’t want to know. I want to be able to go without “plans” and see where it takes me. The unknown is what propels me…
and that is what leaves me how I am feeling now: I have fucking FEARS. (like everyone else)
Fears that have been built inside of me for years, growing and taking hold of my thoughts, actions and beliefs. These exact fears are what have made me fight back over the years and do exactly what I am afraid of. Then have my fears shaped who I am now? The more I resist my fears, isn’t that the opposite of what I am trying to achieve? Am I becoming who I am only because of my fears? But if I accept my fears, will I be complacent with them, staying still or will it somehow cause me to become full of decisions to continue with my plans of “un-plans?”
But then I sit. I sit and I listen. This is me. And that is all I truly know.
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