Some of the best people you will ever meet in this life are travelers. There is a certain energy about them that is exciting and inspiring. Their lives are rich in experience that allow them to see the world differently. They are more respectful of other cultures and traditions, more tolerant of each and everyone’s differences, and more willing to bend their opinions to make way for learning.
When I started hanging out with them, my life has completely changed. I used to have friends who doubted my capability to visit my dream destinations and for a long time I believed them. I thought that it was all so unrealistic, that traveling is too expensive and that I might need to wait until retirement to afford a trip abroad. With traveler friends, it was different. They made me believe everything is possible. Doesn’t matter if I didn’t have enough money, they told me that I could go wherever I desire if I really want to. They are quite supportive of my dreams no matter how improbable they may seem. They taught me that there is no harm in trying. They advised me not to take life too seriously; make mistakes, live for the moment, enjoy life. Most of all they inspire me to never give up on a dream.
But the thing with having traveler friends is, more often than not they choose to leave the country. In fact, 11 of them have already gone abroad, either to settle down or to become expats. In fact, I have another friend who is leaving this week to work abroad. And there’s one who is getting married this year and will eventually fly to Europe with her soon-to-be husband.
Though I am genuinely happy for them, it also makes me sad that the people I used to hang with all the time have left one by one. And I am still here wondering if I will ever leave the way they do. You see, even as a kid, I have always wanted to move abroad. My friends told me that there is no doubt in their minds that I will go when the right time comes. You know what, I believe them. For now, I’m just happy that I have friends all over the world.
The light at the other side of the tunnel(Mizumoto Park, Tokyo, Japan/Jan. 19th, 2019)