Learning a New Experience
Majority of people have no idea what to do when it comes to traveling. However, with on-the-road experience we can become travel savvy individuals. After being on the road for a few years you start to pick up little habits and routines.
I was just like that. Until I took a 30 day sailing vacation to the Caribbean last year. I’d never even heard of taking a sailing vacation, let alone done it. Then one day I found myself taking a whole bunch of people on a trip that was more about enjoying the ocean than me “proving” to myself that Id done it.
My intention wasn’t to prove to myself. The trip turned out to be a total blast, and even made me question the habits I had picked up along the way. The idea behind a sailing vacation is to get out on the water, and soak up some rays. The trip turned out to be a lot more. Its a completely mind-altering experience. For one thing, you’re not tied down to specific places. You can go anywhere in the world.
Its a lot more than just getting out on the water. There are all kinds of activities to do, from parasailing to kayaking to surfing. The whole trip takes you from the edge of civilization in every way, all the way to the wild wild west.
The trip also made me realize how much more there is to life than just the on-road experience. I started seeing the value in seeing the world through an eyes-closed-only perspective. It’s what we do to survive, after all, and to me the ocean is the ultimate wild frontier. It’s also what I’d never really seen before. This was a trip not just about traveling but traveling around.
The trip had me taking the time to learn about the people I was traveling with, and their own stories. It gave me a new appreciation for the places I was visiting. And the trip helped me figure out areas in my own life where I need to get outside my own bubble and stretch myself.
Now that the trip is all behind me, I realize that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I wish I had gotten more of the opportunity to learn and experience and understand and appreciate. It left me with a long list of new goals, both personal and professional. For instance, the biggest goal of all is to get out of the family home.
For another new goal, I am now dedicating the life time I had left to a business that I founded. I am dedicating the rest of the trip to it, and envision a very exciting future for it. We will see if it really takes off.
For a third goal, I am dedicating the trip to my dad. For one thing, the experience opened my eyes to the value of having a supportive father and husband. And then I realized that the world is still full of adventures that only a father and son can discover together. I am dedicating the rest of the trip to being a real supportive father and husband. We will discover and discover and discover a whole new world.
For a fourth goal, I am dedicating the trip to my mom. The family relationship is the most important relationship that we all have. It is the foundation of our lives. And it’s a big trip. I know how important it is for you. I have been there, done that, and learned from that. So I am dedicating the rest of the trip to making sure that we do everything possible to make sure that we are the best we can be at home, and at work.
Now that we are done with the trip, I do realize that we had a whole experience. I feel a deep gratitude to the tribe that we encountered. I thank the Mother Earth and the Father Sky for making the experience possible. I thank the guides for showing me the beautiful, wondrous, and incredible world that I had been invited to discover. I thank them for teaching me what it takes to be a real explorer.
This whole experience was a learning experience. And the learning is the most important part of the adventure. The learning is the biggest reward. I feel a sense of accomplishment. And the accomplishment and the pride are the most important parts of the experience.
As I look at my family, I see the most important person in my life. I see them because the experience of the three weeks that I spent with them was special. I felt a deep relationship with them, as well. We had a learning experience together, as a family. I learned a lot about how I spend my time and energy and I feel proud and satisfied.
Now I look at my work. I feel proud, satisfied, and accomplished. I look at my life. I see how much I learned from the experience that I went through with my family. I feel satisfied and proud. And I feel accomplished.
And when I look at my life, I am proud. I feel satisfied. Proud and satisfied. Satisfied because the lessons that I learned are things that I know I must live. The lessons that I learned are things that I want to live. And the things that I want to live are like the lesson that I learned in my experience with my family.