It is amazing the things on which we place value. The things that are not important!
One of the biggest dying regret for many people is…you guessed it…not having traveled more.
In a recent article, I mentioned that huge number of workers each year sacrifice taking a vacation due to factors such as the inability to afford it.
This is a sad reality, as so many of us slave away our entire lives having not ever ventured out into the world. We did not get to see a different way of life, hear different opinions, speak different languages, meet new people.
The lack of money is a silly excuse to not go out there and explore. When many people think of travel, they automatically think getting on a plane. Meaning, they miss opportunities to explore in their own backyards. Underestimating road trips and other types of inexpensive adventures.
A “passport full of stamps” is figurative as it can also mean a “wallet full of gas receipts” or a “camera full of cruise photos.”
There are endless opportunities to get out there and embrace nature and the world.
We constantly fail to realize that the world is bigger than our little bubble, and this has spread to recent talks of nationalism and “inward thinking” in political arenas.
The moment you wake up and take note of this beautiful world around you, is the moment you open up your mind and life to endless possibilities.
A lot of people are scared to leave their little worlds because of fear. They are scared of the unknown, the unseen, the unheard, and especially what the media tells them.
I cannot recall how many times since I have moved to America, I have heard people say I will never go to this place or that place because of [something they heard on the news, or read online].
So before even considering the idea, they have already closed off their minds from even acknowledging the possibility that it could be one of their best life experiences.
Experiences over stuff? No way!
People see the need to acquire a ton of stuff for their homes, stuff that they may only use once, if at all. Yet, when it comes to taking experiences that will enrich their lives for the better, they hesitate and move cautiously.
No one is scared to wait outside Walmart on Black Friday to get their tenth flat screen television, but they are dubious when it comes towards taking that same $700 and purchasing a travel deal.
Who wants to die with regret? No one.
However, we are the only ones who stand in our way many times when we need to make the decisions that will prevent those regrets.
We rather to gather a life full of stuff that we will die and leave behind, than adding value to our lives and die happily knowing our souls truly lived.
This is one of my favorite songs of all time. Just listen to the words…
The moment we decide to step out of our shells and live, is the moment we begin to truly change ourselves.
Go out there, see the world and gather those stamps, receipts, photos, and memories. Just save yourself the regret!
Which do you prefer, a passport full of stamps or a house full of things?