While I was only in Yellowstone for a short time, and it may seem like I didn’t experience much; this trip was a learning experience. It’s been a little over two weeks since I last posted, and the time has given me some valuable insight on a few things. Not only did it opened up my eyes to a little bit of the “real me”, but taught me some lifelong lessons. Here are just a few.
1.) I really love to travel.
I really love to be by myself. I really love to explore new places. I really love to challenge myself.
When you are traveling solo, especially as a female, safety is key. You always need to watch your back. For some people this is a deal breaker; they’d rather let someone else handle the hard stuff, while they sit back, relax and enjoy their trip. But that’s OKAY! Solo travel is not for everyone, but it just so happens that I really enjoy it.
Traveling solo is also a great time to learn about yourself. You get to experience everything that really peaks YOUR interests. Your friends might really love Mexican food, but if you hate it, YOU DON”T HAVE TO EVER EAT IT AGAIN!!! That is the truly blissful part about solo travel. You get to pick and choose your adventures, so that you can make the most out of your trip and experiences.
2.) I’m not ready to grow up and get a job.
How cliche. Doesn’t everyone say this? But it’s absolutely true! I just can’t wrap my head around getting a 9-5 job that I hate going to everyday. I don’t care what anyone says, life is not just about obtaining money. It’s about living to the fullest, experiencing everything humanly possible, and chasing your dreams. To me, it’s about paddle boarding on the Caribbean Sea, making it all the way to Everest Base Camp (so I can see those awesome prayer flags!!), seeing an elephant in the wild, visiting the Eiffel tower in Paris, the Chocolate Mountains in the Philippines, and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. To me, life is about exploring every square inch of this earth because I won’t be here forever. That’s the thing that keeps me up at night. What if I don’t fulfill my dream? Am I letting myself down? I’d sure be making “society” happy with a 9-5 job, but I wouldn’t be making myself happy.
And to set the record straight: Life is not about the Pursuit of Happiness. It’s about being Happy with the way you Pursue Life.
3.) There are so many things I want to accomplish someday, it feels overwhelming.
I’ll spare you the details, but here’s a list of mostly everything I want to accomplish:
Travel to every country in the world.
Home school my children.
Continue to learn everyday.
Inspire someone else to follow their dreams.
That’s not all of my aspirations. To list all of those….well, it would take a lot longer than I’m willing to type. The things I did share, though, are rather large dreams. I mean “Travel to every country in the world” and “Continue to learn everyday” are pretty ambitious. Which is why sometimes I feel down and defeated, but I just need to keep my chin up and hope for the best! As should you! 😉
4.) Montana and Wyoming are GORGEOUS!!?!
Here are a few photos to increase your wanderlust… you’re welcome!
All in all, I don’t regret going to Yellowstone. It was an experience, for sure. Next time I travel, hopefully it will be a little more of what I want to do!