The Wonders of Travel from an Aspiring Journalist
Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You
I find this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt utterly transformative. When reading it, it fills me with both ambition and wanderlust.
Firstly, ambition. I aspire to lead a life with no regrets, where I can truthfully say at the end of it, ‘I challenged myself every day.’ I believe that by stepping out of your comfort zone, you make yourself a better, fuller person. By fulfilling this demand, whether the ‘thing’ is small or large, a sense of achievement is established which exceeds any other sense that one can experience when simply sitting at home, in the comfort zone, playing out the usual routine.
Wanderlust also springs to mind when reading this quote. It makes me want to travel the Earth in search of bigger and greater things to scare me each day. It makes me want to be on a boat in the middle of the ocean off the coast of California, deliberating whether to swim with sharks or not and then doing it. Just because I can. It makes me want to be face to face with Kilimanjaro on the dry slopes of Tanzania and be desperately wanting to retreat back to the warmth of my hotel, but realising that if I do not do one thing a day that scares me, what am I living for?
For many people, to go on holiday is to get away from the stresses and fixed routine of life at home. But, upon arrival at their chosen destination, they spend a vast amount of time and effort trying to make their hotel room, villa, wherever they are, as much like home as possible. They go to The Bahamas and spend their days lounging on the beaches, drinking cocktails and eating watermelon; blissfully unaware of Bridgetown, The Sugar Museum or Blackmans Gully. I know that many would argue that the point of a holiday is to relax, but I find it hard to bear that some people do not even attempt to immerse themselves in the culture or language.
I have therefore made myself a sworn promise – to do something every day that is challenging, scary; out of my comfort zone. And of course, to blog about it.