Daydreaming Life into Reality

Daydreaming Life When I was a child, I would spends countless evening hours lying on the floor with encyclopedias open and spread out on the carpet around me. No. I was not a child prodigy genius studiously inspecting the world of academia.

Like most children, I was imaginative and curious. I was creating a world for myself through the colorful pages of pictures. I was dreaming myself into adventures in far-off landscapes and blending myself into the beautiful cultures of humanity. This is a trait I never quite grew out of.

For numerous reasons in my young adulthood, I felt as though I was stuck within the country roads of my hometown. I was born there. I grew up there. I went to college there. And in the midst of those college years, financially broke and emotionally drained, I met a friend named Jay.

Jay had a life that I envied. A life that involved traveling, adventure, and living in the moment. He would rehash his latest exploration, and I would state, “I wish I could do something like that.” He would always reply, “You can. You just have to do it. Why not?”

Why not? Because I have to finish my degree. Because I have to work to pay my tuition in order to finish my degree. Because I have enough money for two days of gas. Maybe. That’s why not.

Jay and I fell out of touch soon after we met, but his words have always stuck with me.

“You just have to do it.”

As I interviewed for an internship on the other side of the country…

As I bought my first backpack…

As I drove to North Carolina with all my belongings packed in my car…(read more)

As I boarded the plane to Europe and Alaska and Australia…

As I hiked the trails, climbed the mountains, slept under the stars…

I thought to myself, “I just have to do it. Why not?”

Today, I have a job and a life. I have obligations and commitments. But I also have my priorities. Traveling makes me happy. Adventures and new experiences make me happy. Far-off landscapes, beautiful cultures, imagination and curiosity make me happy. So I make them a priority.

Why not? I just have to do it.

6 thoughts on “Daydreaming Life into Reality

  1. Kassie says:

    SO TRUE!!! Why is it so hard to push ourselves to make it happen when we know we technically can and want to? Are we just being lazy or worrying about what others would think? A common frustration for me, too. Not doing what you really want because it’s not “practical” or because you’re supposed to keep working and driving your career… But for what I ask??

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