03 Aug Why I Prioritize Travel
I’m 25 years old. According to my younger self, I should have moved out, gotten married, had kids, and had a stable career by now. It’s crazy how the notion of a “successful” life consists of that. At the end of it all, who are we really trying to please (our parents, #asianstruggles)? Having bills, working a 9-5 job, and taking care of mini me’s will barely give me time for myself. How can I possibly put effort in any of those things when I can barely take care of myself (I have needs!)? I mean, I still haven’t quite figured out what I want to do with my life, but that’s totally okay, right?? Of course it is.
I can’t expect to settle down and give life without actually living and experiencing life myself! That would make me… an adult imposter?
To be honest, yes I probably could have done all those things listed above, but I’m not ready — at least not yet. I have this philosophy that everything we do — the way we treat others, how we talk, how we make decisions, etc. — stems from our core.
It’s why I think it’s important that people take the time to make themselves happy before anything else. I understand things happen all the time and we are sometimes disabled by certain situations. But if it is in your control, there are no excuses for not carrying your own weight. I’ve encountered numerous people in my life who love to bring others down (misery loves company), easily envy others, talk a ton of crap (constantly), and just overall contaminate everything possible with their negativity. To me, they’re probably sad and haven’t taken the time to sort out their issues (I don’t know, just a thought). Some of those people might even take that level of immaturity into adulthood, decide to have kids, and project that aggression onto their children (oh, I’ve seen it). You see where I’m going with this? It’s a never-ending cycle (this is why you get cats; they will forgive you when you sometimes forget they exist or when you give off too much energy by hugging them too tight).
Anyways, back to why I prioritize travel. I’m 25 for crying out loud! Your twenties should be the most exciting and vibrant times of your life. When else will you have all that energy to explore the world? It’s the time to be broke and book that vacation you’ve been dreaming about, drink too much beer the night before an early meeting, sleep on couches and floors in the homes of obsessed paragliding strangers, have pointless conversations with friends on a camping trip, try beef tongue (yum) with an open-mind. Just overall being selfish, getting everything out of your system, and living! I’m not saying everyone in their twenties doesn’t have it figured out. Some people do and they are very lucky outliers because most of us don’t, myself included. So I’m dedicating the rest of my youth into living my dream of traveling. The only way I can make that possible is if I prioritize it over everything else (sorry cats); a risk I’m willing to take. What’s the worst that can happen?
Where am I off to next? Vancouver!
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