I never imagined this would happen, and so soon. As this post uploads today, I hope to be halfway across the Pacific Ocean on my way to North America, to see the great United States.
I received my tourist visa just this January, and it seems that everything has lined up to allow for this new adventure to happen.
So here I am. Alone up in the clouds, suspended over 30,000 feet with strangers around me. In a few hours, I hope to be landing on the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
This is my first trip outside of my home continent, outside of Asia, and outside even of Southeast Asia. And while I have taken a handful of trips abroad alone (and with friends and family), I feel that this adventure is going to be the most epic yet.
I relish this solo adventure because I feel that God is closest to me when I’m on my own. The good, helpful people gravitate towards me. They extend their arms beyond their personal spaces, they move in my favor, and they support me. And while it is also true that I am a likely target for the bad people, I will have my wits about me and I will avoid compromising situations as much I can. I cannot enjoy the rest of my wonderful life if I am not also careful and vigilant while having my little adventures.
Yes, for this trip, I will be with family and friends most of the time, yet I also look forward to exploring on my own: urban runs, trail runs, city walks, street food discoveries, perhaps biking the length of the Golden Gate, or even just sitting quietly for hours at a sidewalk cafe.
One moment at a time...
To be honest, I have very little expectations. I have a set schedule (because I don’t want anyone to be burdened with having to adjust to me so much) and I have a loose idea of the places I would like to see (Florida beaches, the California strip, Alcatraz, the buildings of New York), but that is all.
Inspiration from Pinterest
As opposed to all my other trips where I research extensively and I prepare plans A, B, C, and D; this trip has stripped my travel-planning mind and reduced it into an “uncarved block.”
And this, I believe is my subconscious’ way of telling me that this trip will be an epic learning experience. In much the same way I entered into university eight years ago to start slowly earning my Master’s degree, so today I enter into foreign airspace with an eager mind and spirit; hungry for much learning; eager to soak up a variety of sights, sounds, tastes, and experiences.
This much is clear: In my over two months abroad, I want to have a wonderful time of discovery: new ideas, new insights, new directions, new friends, new horizons!
Cheers to growth and change and learning through the University of Travel and Life!
This is my simple prayer. This is my heart’s little song.