I try to post on this blog about twice a week–every Tuesday and Thursday, but lately that has been a bit thrown off, and I figured it’s about time I tell you why! A few months ago, I decided to book a flight out to Virginia. I’ve only been to the East Coast once or twice, and within those times, I only got to stay for a few weeks before flying back home. This time I decided to make a longer trip out of it and stay for a month and then drive back across the states at the end of my trip.
Within that month, I experienced a lot of growth and was able to learn a thing or two along the way. Today, I wanted to take a different direction with my blog and share some of those lessons with you! So, without further ado, here are the 5 things I learned while travelling across the country.
I can accept the unexpected and find ways to have fun anyway
There were a lot of things about this trip that ended up not going quite as planned, but in the end, I wasn’t disappointed. When it comes down to it, nothing ever really goes 100 percent as planed, and that’s okay. We can still learn to accept the new plan and run with it anyway.
My happiness is not dependent upon my circumstances
Building off of the first lesson learned, this second nugget of truth has become particularly beneficial when it comes to my ability to be happy. With a lot of time to think and reflect, I was able to come to the realization that although my circumstances will never be perfect, I can be happy regardless. I have learned that it is even possible to be happy amid heart-breaking trials and disappointment.
It’s okay to be sad when life doesn’t go as planned
It’s no lie that we all come into adulthood with some kind of expectations of what our life will look like from that point on. We’ve been taught most of our life to make plans and to stick to them–but what happens when those plans are never met and those goals never achieved? Even in the times where we seem to do everything right and follow the instructions perfectly, things can still end up not going our way. And when that happens, it’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to feel disappointed, and it is okay to mourn that loss for a while–so long as we don’t let it deter us from ever reaching for a goal again.
My worth is not dependent upon how others view me
Living in the world that we do, it can be easy to get so caught up in how we come off to others that we don’t live for ourselves. This has been something I have had a hard time with off and on throughout the years. Taking this trip for myself has opened my eyes to how freeing it is to disregard the views of others and let yourself be the guiding factor for what you choose to do with your life.
All in all, this trip ended up being a great time and a great learning experience. I would 10 out of 10 recommend taking a trip of your own and seeing what lessons lie in store for you there. Thanks for reading!