A Hearty Yes To Your Adventure

I am back! And I am oh so tired. I need a vacation from my vacation.

I have so many pictures to share of my Mexico travels but they are going to have to wait as there are other more pressing things to get to first (you know, just a little something known as my real job).

Yesterday Kevin sent me a quote from an interview with Andrew McCarthy (the brat pack dude who is no longer a brat pack dude and instead some crazy awesome wanderer that travels the world and writes about it) and I wanted to share it as I think it’s pretty relevant to how I’m feeling right now.

When asked “How does travel affect you?,” Andrew McCarthy responded:

“People think they’re going to escape and have a vacation (but) people always have meltdowns on vacation. You go, you leave everything you know that you’ve safely constructed to keep yourself from having any anxiety and you go to a beach and you lay there and all you have is your mind. How can you not think that’s gonna be a stressful experience? I always think travel is not about escape at all, it’s about confronting yourself.”

When I first read that I said “screw that,” because I have had some vacations that completely 100% dispute that statement. Vacations where I come back feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to take on the world! (Tulum, I’m talking to you!)

But then I started really thinking about it, and thinking about why I’ve been in such a funk these past few days, and I realized that for the most part (for me, at least) it’s true.

Because when you are on “vacation” you have all this time to think about your goals and your dreams and your life and what you want out of it, and if you are anything like me, you start to over-analyze things that you really shouldn’t be analyzing at all.

And even if your trip wasn’t what you thought it would be, you come back to your regular life and you kinda go “is this it?”

Next to Kevin, traveling is the true passion of my life. I’ve learned more about myself and the person I want to be from traveling and living abroad than I ever could have imagined. So for me, that quote above really rings true. Travel (real travel – not fancy resort travel) isn’t really about relaxing or escaping (though I’m sure for some it can be) but instead about confronting yourself and your life and what you want out of it.

And there are so many things I want out of it.

And so, as the incredibly wise Joseph Campbell said, “The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.”

I sincerely hope that my answer is a big astounding Yes!

A thousand times yes!

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nancy @ adore to adornSeptember 26, 2012 - 12:11 pm

gee…I cannot wait to take a true vacation. I don’t know what to expect…adventure? solace? tranquility? fear?
I haven’t taken a proper vacation in a long time…I’m constantly “stressed” over worries of my day to day…when I do leave my home, it’s for a weekend and always about family or friends. Not so much about…myself. Or my husband and myself.
Who knew talking about a vacation would become so much about self-reflection?
xo,
nancy

KevinSeptember 26, 2012 - 12:38 pm

I hear you Nancy! It seems like most of our time off from work is taken for obligation-vacations. Visiting family, attending weddings, etc. Serena and I definitely try our best to plan things for ourselves, but it’s not easy for sure.

Susi aka SineadSeptember 27, 2012 - 7:17 am

I also tend to over-analyze things when I have time off.. usually it just makes me frustrated because most of the time there isn’t much I can do to change things anyway, other than what I’m already doing or planning. But other than that, being away is just refreshing for me, it’s like I need just taking a break from my normal routines.

EstherNovember 16, 2012 - 7:49 am

I totally get your heart.
I have a confession to make….on twitter I only really follow people like this, people who cycle around the word, have weekend micro adventures and live their life like its a giant YES. That way when I’m feeling uninspired and rubbish I log on to twitter and its filled with pictures of mountains and adventures.
I don’t know if you’ve seen eat.pray.love but I can really relate to the bit where she says the box she made when she was younger and keeps under her bed isn’t full of baby stuff or a collection of interior design ideas it’s full of national geographic magazines and articles of places she wants to go.
I so relate to that, my biggest worry is that I won’t always say yes, il be distracted by something small or a worry or what other people think and just carry on living a normal life and miss the adventure, challenges and all.
Saying that I did just buy my husband a world touring bike for Christmas, we won’t be able to put it off for too long.
Hooray for stepping out and hearts feeling satisfied.

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