Many people have told me: “You need to learn to be content where you.” However, I disagree. While I believe there is definitely virtue in contentment, a thin line stands between contentment and complacency. As Malcolm Forbes states, “When you cease to dream you cease to live.” To me, complete contentment means one has lost or given up their dreams. I believe we should always be striving to learn more and do more with the time we have on earth. While everyone’s dream is different, mine is to travel, to see and learn as much about the world around me as possible. I believe the day I cease to yearn for new places will be the day I cease to dream and truly live.
My passion for traveling began in high school. The summer after my high school graduation I participated in the Illinois Ambassadors of Music European Tour, coordinated by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville music department. I spent sixteen magical days touring Europe while playing concerts at each major city we toured. It was a truly mind-opening experience. As a girl who grew up surrounded by cornfields, I always knew the world was out there, but never really believed it until the moment I stepped off the plane at Heathrow Airport in London. After those sixteen days, the world became real and palpable to me. I had reached out and touched the Eiffel Tower, I had stood in front of the Mona Lisa, been surrounded by the beauty and majesty of the Alps. I had seen and experienced a whole new world, and I have been yearning to return ever since.
Through this blog, I plan to revisit and reminiscence my trip to Europe almost four years ago, recounting what I learned and how it has helped shape me into the person I am today. I also hope that through my blog, I will inspire others to travel as well. Once I have reached the last day of the trip, we shall see where the blog takes us next!