So I’m off on my TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) adventure in a couple of months, and it’s an adventure that I can only hope will be a life changing experience.
I say hope because you can never truly know how things will turn out. I don’t think that’s something that solely relates to travelling or moving abroad. It’s true for most ‘life’ decisions you will make.
At several times in my (admittedly short) life span so far, I have thought certain careers or ideas were perfect for me…and actually they didn’t turn out like that…surprise surprise!
It took me to mess up at University and to have a boring job for a few months to realise that things were only going to change through decisions I had to make. Like teaching abroad.
Tim Peake, the first official British Astronaut, has just got back to Earth from the space station. The reason I bring him up is because before he left he told a story about how his teachers at school resigned his dreams to ridiculous fantasies.
His Dad simply said “trust yourself”. The rest is now history.
I’ve tried to take that on board for myself throughout this year. So far at least, things seem to be on track and turning out okay, despite my impending nerves for Vietnam. It’s important to trust your gut, you’re forming those plans and dreams for a reason. To fulfil them.
If you have the urge to take up a new hobby, sport, art or music that you gave up years ago then why not? Of course things are hard to start, and probably harder to go back to after a long time. Worrying about how things can turn out has always held people back.
“If you never try you’ll never know”
There is always an excuse not to do something, just as there is always a reason to DO it. So why not? How many people have you met that have expressed regret about having missed an opportunity that was right there in front of them? or passing by the opportunity to explore the world and new experiences? I couldn’t even tell you the number of people I’ve spoken to with those regrets.
That is a personal drive for me to experience all of the desires I have to explore the world and it’s people. Ultimately, you must find your own drive to achieve your ambitions, and it doesn’t matter how long it takes. As long as you put yourself out there to take risks. Otherwise what is the point in what we call this mysterious thing known as ‘travelling’?