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what i’ve learned about myself through travel

In the last three years I have travelled to over 25 cities in China, Vietnam and Thailand, and most recently three cities in Brazil.

As a person born and raised in Canada, to say these experiences have been eye opening would be an understatement. It is my belief that experiences are our greatest teacher. These adventures have helped me to better understand the world, grow my global perspective and truly understand the meaning of empathy. Most of all though, these quests have allowed me to learn so much about myself.

Here is what I have learned so far about myself while travelling:

1. It is okay to completely surrender to what is.

2. My grief journey does not have an end date: I will laugh, I will cry and I will miss those I have lost every day – and that is okay.

3. We have a wisdom mind and an ego mind. The wisdom mind is the higher mind/soul. This mind is like a whisper. The wisdom mind is usually the first thought/instinct that we have while the ego mind will follow it. Don’t get rid of your ego mind, as it is your drive but do allow the wisdom mind to overpower as it is the compass.

4. I am spoiled, and have 0 reasons to complain about my life in Canada…it is amazing in so many ways. We are blessed and privileged – and a lot of us don’t even know it.

5. Listening is powerful.

6. I am the only person standing in the way of what I truly want and desire.

7. Culture shock is real – if you have it, make sure to do what you need to do to take care of your mental health.

8. Positive self-talk is powerful.

9. You can’t make everyone happy.

10. It is easy to make new friends.

If you have read this far I encourage you to move forward with being open-minded, don’t judge – try learning the differences of people and how they do things in this world. There is no “right” way, just a different way.

– Melissa, thought leader, writing student, culture junkie, empath, dog mom, creative, persistent, wife, always gets sh!t done