Diving In

One of the first things you do when you meet someone at a hostel is exchange the typical “fellow traveler” details: where you are from, how long you are staying, where you are going next, why you are doing what you’re doing. By far, the most interesting part of the introduction is discovering the reasoning behind someone’s decision to leave it all behind and go. I love these conversations, despite their frequent reoccurrence. While I was planning this trip, it was easy to feel that, regardless of the countless amount of travel blogs and resources available, I was the only one in the world who was doing something so unconventional with my life. These past few days have shown me that my perceived isolation could not have been further from the truth. I am one of many who has made the decision to throw myself head first into the water with no lifeboat or shoreline in sight. Somehow, though, knowing that there are other people treading water beside me makes me feel…normal. As I get to know my fellow wanderers, I can’t help but to feel an automatic and immediate sort of respect and admiration for them. We are all strangely connected by the excitement of the unknown and undiscovered, both within ourselves and in the world. These are people who have looked at their options-to accept life or to define it-and have gone through their own personal journey of choosing the latter.  In my opinion, that’s no small feat. Taking on the responsibility of defining your life can be pretty daunting; if you fall short, the liability is all your own. But anyone can do it, and as someone who’s just taken the plunge, let me assure you –Come on in! The water’s fine. 🙂


2 responses to “Diving In

  1. Glad to hear the “Icy Waters of the Unknown” didn’t take your breath away as you plunged in head first!

    Every time I see that word hostel in print, and can’t help but think of that damn movie….you be careful now.

    So where in New Zealand are you?

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