Are you Adventurous Enough?!
*After losing her child and getting divorced, she went to heal and have a new start in the Indian Ashrams to practice meditation, learn wisdom and find Inner peace!!
*She was forty, still single and after all that time she still wasn’t sure of what she really wanted in her life, She retired early as a civil police officer for the sake of getting a big amount of money at the end of her service, left her safe job and secure life, decided to start with Asia and Australia where she was trying to find the reason of her existence in the pure nature and in mixing with far away cultures and people, on a journey of self discovery!!
*She always had a belief that she is an International citizen, travelling around the world for causes she believed in from trying to provide water for homes in Kenya, to teaching unlucky young children in East Europe, spreading AIDS awareness in India, supporting shelterless families in Sudan, and trying to minimize child labor in Egypt!!
*He had his challenging dream of climbing the highest mountain on each of the seven continents; it takes a lot of time and effort to gather the resources needed for each adventure. One day, he saw a man who had just died on Everest before he arrived and thought that it could have easily been him if he was 15 minutes earlier, he was scared but what he learnt was about not to stop taking risks; that life is fragile and can be gone at any moment so we need to be true to ourselves and never let go of our dreams. He is on a 7 summits quest and it’s about to be fully achieved!!
*He and his wife are both doctors, stuck in daily life routine, they decided to have an escape, with a backpack held on to their shoulders, they are reliving their youth, re-establishing their relationship in a 360 day journey all over the world!!
*Every time they met was a pure coincidence. The first was in Malaysia, he told her I love you in Lebanon, they got married in Santorini and spent their honeymoon travelling around Europe!!
*For him each one’s life was a movie, and he was determined to direct his own in an extraordinary way, at the end of his life it was a movie worth watching.
He Experienced people’s hospitality in Myanmar; Stood at the foot of the Himalayas in Nepal, and the Angel falls in Venezuela and admired butterflies in Peru. He will never forget the breathtaking scenery at the Tibet, the showers of icy rain in Iceland, the tasty bananas he had in Ecuador, Brazil nuts in Bolivia, tea in Sri Lanka, horse meat in Argentina,& Pasta in Italy.. How Delicious!!
Most of all he won’t forget the stories he heard from people, the faces he encountered, the conversations he enjoyed with the working women in Mozambique, the Doctors he met at Cuba. People’s complaints from the iron fist governments that are found everywhere in one form or another. He worked on a community project in El-Cacao village in Nicaragua, learnt Spanish on the streets of Guatemala, saw the very fast materialistic life in USA, was robbed in Spain, fascinated by the Parisian women, how life is transformed by technology in Japan; and witnessed conflict and brutality in Israel!! He saw truth through his own eyes, not anyone’s!….. By the end, there was the extreme happiness he felt by just lying across the beach in Costa Rica. He never forgot where he originally comes from, where he wishes to die at the end!!
*They all have different paths in life, various reasons to travel. I don’t mind which story you are interested in or if anyone looks like you, for what matters is that these are not stories, these are true journeys. They all have the courage & curiosity to overcome the geographical barriers, live in more than one place, and discover the humanity.
No matter how unsafe this might appear to be, they were Adventurous enough, no matter how much money this might require, they were sacrificing enough.
Every Postcard and Souvenir they got from a certain place was like a stamp leaving an everlasting memory in their heart. Moreover were the faces they saw, the conversations they had and the fear they broke. They were not travelling as tourists for sightseeing; they were going deep beyond that into cultures, and human natures.
Journeys as much as they extend outside into the world around us; it goes an equal distance into the world within. They educated and discovered themselves their own way. A way which was not taken by many.
#Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
I shall be telling this with a sigh,
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
*Are You Adventurous Enough?!*
P.S.: Go Beyond your Borders… Get yourself on a plane!!
#: Poetry Verses are from: “The Road Not Taken” By: Robert Frost.