Do you know what was, is and probably forever will be most often asked question I get connected with my around the world trip? “Why I left to travel the world?” Actually the answer can be quite short and simple: “It was my life dream”. May be when I was 15 years old I was already thinking and talking about it. That one day I will make a big journey / journey around the world. It was coming in to my head and again leaving how time was passing by. You can ask then why I did not leave before? Why now? Excuses. Every time I found lot of excuses why I can not go. Like because I am not ready, I have not enough money, I have a good job or girlfriend I love… Bla bla bla. To be honest today I know that it had one common sign. I was scared that I will fail.
How time passed I was more and more thinking about my life and I realised that I never was 100% happy how I live. Only I wasn’t sure why exactly I have those feelings. Slowly I found out there was one more thing I was scared of. The trip was a thing which I wanted to do so much and for such a long time and there was high possibility that I end up not failing because I tried, but because I remain only dreaming. Dreaming about leaving to travel the world.
I remember how I was quite some time before a left invited to birthday celebration. Actually to the 100th birthday celebration. Can you imagine? One hundred years… What I will never forget is a question somebody from crowd asked. “How it is to be 100 years old? How do you feel like?” The answer surprised me or may be I was not thinking about it that way. The man smiled and said: “It is like be 18. I remember everything like it was yesterday. My brain works perfectly, but my body can’t move well anymore. Enjoy every single minute you have, because time fly fast and one day you will stand here like me and looking back…”. I reminded my self this occasion when I came to the final decision that I will leave to travel.
Actually it took me quite long time to make the final decision and leave. Lot of people (except my family and few friends who were supporting me) tried to discourage me from what I was planning to do. From their point of view I planned my life mistake / suicide. I heard all the time that I have a great job, great career in front of me and so on. I can’t say they haven’t been right in some way, but how they tried to change my mind I became more and more sure that I do the right thing. What I actually heard & felt from all these people was “You do something I was dreaming about so you shouldn’t do it either”.
I didn’t want to just leave and aimlessly travel around. Therefore I set some goals. I wanted to travel at least on the ancient Silk Road, before a go home. On the way I wanted to learn at least one foreign language (I already had known that I would like to learn Russian or Spanish). That I want to learn as much as possible about the cultures I will visit and I left with my photo camera to become better photographer and if possible to earn also some money by doing that. There was one main rule I set to my self. When I will feel that I am tired / I don’t enjoy travelling / would not learn new things anymore I will without doubts turn back and go home.
To be honest it was quite easy to leave at the end. Even thou there were two difficult points for me. First, be really sure that this is what I want and say it loudly to the others. Surprisingly second and probably the hardest was to make the first / final step… pick up my backpack open the door and step outside. I had so many doubts in my head in that point you can’t imagine. Later when I was already sitting in the bus and leaving the Prague I was calm and sure that I do the right thing what ever it will bring.
What is my conclusion then? I left to make my life dream true and can tell you that it is nice feeling to know that you managed. So, if you have a dream (what ever your dream is to travel, to have own company, career, family or new car) and I am sure every one have one. Simply go for it or as say one company slogan “Just do it”. I can tell you that there is nothing you can lose. Actually you can only gain by this step.
You can check out If I fulfill at least one of my goals by looking at some of my photos from the journey…