You probably think I’m crazy. Not for standing on the edge of a building or cliff, but for turning down a corporate job to travel the world, for traveling solo “as a female,” or breaking every rule book in a world of white-picket-fence.
The Griffith Observatory Los Angeles via @StephBeTravel
Well, there are a few things I would like to clear up about this “craziness.”
Traveling solo and meeting people through Instagram, Twitter, and blogging isn’t what is “crazy.”
You see, what we define as “normal” and what we define as “crazy” is a direct result of our social norms.
This means, that we form our expectations based on what we are used to.
I created TravelBreak, to tell you stories about places, people, and activities that you may not be used to.
To remind you – and myself – that stepping out of our comfort zone, isn’t only okay — but encouraged.
Because if people weren’t so darn cruel about what makes them uncomfortable…
We would be one step closer to world peace…
Just kidding. I’ll save my Miss America speech for another time.
Travel, education, and culture are the first steps towards eradicating hatred, bigotry, and racism.
Sea to Sky Highway, Canada | Photo collab @StephBeTravel @Yurachkat
I believe, that travel has made me a better person. I share it with you to encourage you to get out there and make your own experiences. Hoping that you too will become a better person.
As each better individual congregates, a better society is morphed, a better generation. But now I just sound like Miss America again.
In retrospect, like these photos, life is about perspective.
I was never in an unsafe position, but rather framed the photos at interesting angles to maximize the edge affect.
“Crazy” and “normal” are about your perspective.
However, it doesn’t mean that I was ever unafraid.
Challenging our comfort zones doesn’t mean that it is easy, it means that we have the courage to overcome our fears.
So I invite you to travel.
To stand up for people that are different than you.
To get a little uncomfortable.
And most of all, to remember:
Yes, you can travel, even solo, even as a woman.
Yes, you can start your own business.
Yes, you can be yourself, anywhere in the world.
Photo via @StephBeTravel
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