Right before I left my job in Amsterdam, my colleague and friend Hannah walked up to me and said “You know what, Steph, I really admire you for the big step you’re taking in your life and I think it’s really cool that you’re about to travel the world. There are many people who wish they’d be in your position and have the same opportunities. But at the same time, I feel that it is a taboo nowadays for me to say that I am actually really happy with my stable life and my office job.”
Hannah - my age - was right.

Travel, like fame and status, has become a contemporary ideal, chased and admired by the majority of my generation. For different reasons. Hannah’s statement forced me to explain the deeper meaning of why I travel. And there it was.

To me, travel is part of the psychological education I’m currently looking for. The outer journey from place to place helps me develop my inner journey - or however you like to call personal development. Imbalanced traits are challenged, new skills discovered, old patterns confronted, new ones are formed. I don’t believe this makes me more developed than Hannah. She seems conscious enough about where she’s heading and moves forward perhaps to the same extent as I do. The difference between us is that I need distance and change to achieve the same results.

I believe we’re all travellers. Some just have to move from place to place and some have to stay exactly where they are to reach their destination.


ps. The WiFi password here is ‘happydays’

Eleni MerakiComment