From time to time, we all lose ourselves or lose sight of who we are as people. Whether it’s due to being hurt or let down, having our hearts broken or, more simply, things just not turning out the way we had hoped. Being lost can be scary, especially if we don’t know where to go or what to do to find ourselves again. The insecurity can grip us and cause us to be fearful in our approach to life.
As humans, the majority of us stick to familiar things when we feel lost and insecure. Surrounding ourselves with familiar people and familiar places in the hope that they will help us to find our way. For some this may work. But what if it doesn’t? What then? Where do you go from there in order to stop that anxious feeling of not knowing who you are, or what you want from life?
One way is to gain perspective. To gain a greater idea of the world around you in order to better understand your place in it. And the only way to understand the world more is to get out there in it and explore. To hop on a plane and set off for a chosen destination and then immerse yourself in the lifestyle and culture of that place. To meet new people and listen to their stories. To laugh and cry with them. To learn about new people and help them, and with that learn more about yourself. Exploring the landscape and taking in breathtaking views. Getting completely lost and then finding your way. Realising you are more capable than you ever imagined and that you can do whatever you put your mind to. And then using those experiences to set your heart and mind on a goal and working hard to achieve that.
It might seem contrary to logic to visit unfamiliar places when feeling lost, but those places really can untangle tangled thoughts. They can heal broken hearts and help us find our way again. Travel can help us re-discover ourselves, re-discover lost dreams and give us a real sense of purpose in life. As well as providing us with friends and memories that will last for a lifetime.
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