We are all asked as children the daunting question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”
We answer with some unrealistic, yet creative answers like “a princess” or “a pirate”.
Now, when we are asked the same loaded question as adults, we feel a wave of anxiety and are forced into some respectable and practical answer like “a professor” or “a surgeon”.
But why is this even a question AT ALL?
Why do we have to pick one thing?
What is growing up?
Why do our whole lives have to be centred around the idea of success being in what we DO?
Through travelling and talking with friends who have also travelled for extended periods of time, I have come to a conclusion that our careers shouldn’t be boxed into a traditional education and we shouldn’t be staying in one city for the rest of your life (aka. The Windsor Life).
At least for me, it seems kind of boring to do one thing for the rest of your life in one place, especially when you have a curious soul exploding with ideas and visions.
Does your soul scream for adventure? Does your soul thrive living in a minimalist environment filled with abundant relationships, health, and passion in how you serve the world?
Well, me too.
So, maybe you need a little travel in your life.
So, here is the world traveller’s answer to the question “what would you like to be when you grow up?”:
We want to feel ALIVE and live a RADICAL life filled with the majestic views from mountains, the salty mystery of the ocean, and the pounding purity of waterfalls.
We want to work to live, not the other way around.
But don’t call us lazy, or not motivated.
We are driven.
Driven to connect in community.
Driven to be of service to others, and try new things.
We have opened minds, willing hands and receptive hearts.
We have ears ready to listen to stories about traditions and rituals, lips to sing ancient songs and chants and mouths ready to eat traditional dishes made with [love] and fresh veggies from farmer’s markets.
We travellers love to live simply.
We don’t need a lot.
Maybe just a backpack [and a yoga mat] for a while.
We break down walls and aren’t afraid to show our vulnerable souls and bare faces.
We love to laugh and immerse ourselves in the lifestyle of the locals.
We want to use our God-given potential to drive change.
We are big picture thinkers.
We are radicals that don’t follow the rules [only as guidelines].
We care about the dying corals and floating landfills in our oceans and the starving souls roaming the streets of city sidewalks.
We are realists that want to live out our dreams.
We are not vacationers.
We are not tourists, and we shy away from big cities and tourist attractions.
We look for the rural communities living in isolated rainforests.
For the retreat centers on tops of mountains.
For the tiny houses and air bnbs along the way.
We hang out in open-concept jungaloos and tents are our preferred shelters.
So, we should never ask a child or an adult for that matter, “What do you want to do?” or “What will you be?”
Instead, we should be asked:
“Who do you want to be?” or “Where do you want to go?” or “How do you want to share your talents with the world?”
Let us shape and mold our character like water, going with the flow and adapting to new environments and new skills we acquire along the way.
Let’s not determine our success through how much we fit into our structurally sound smile-less and superficial society.
Let’s live radically beautiful lives filled with daring adventure, endless sparkly-eyed stories and countless connections.
Let’s keep things fresh and explore villages of love, laughter and longevity.
Peace & Love,
Jill – your veggie villager xx
Please comment below about how travelling has impacted your life and how you are using your potential to change the world!!