A little over a year ago, I was blessed with an opportunity to travel with my best friend. Not only did we walk away from stability, but we also took a risk by traveling through nine different countries in four months. Was it a crazy idea? Absolutely not! How many people have you met recently that have been willing to take a chance? How many times have you had an opportunity of a lifetime, but chose to stay within your comfort zone? Folks, life is all about trial and error and if we, as a human race, live our lives shying away from risks that have the potential to elevate us to levels we never imagined possible for ourselves then what are we doing? Selling most of our belonging and cars allowed us to travel more, but it also put us in a position of struggle when we came back to the states. Traveling teaches you a lot about life and maybe it taught us how to live without money for an extended amount of time. Living comfortably doesn’t always teach us what we need to know about ourselves and, many times, the most uncomfortable situations bring out the best of who we truly are. Be motived, be inspired, and, above all, be a person that wants to make a change within you to reach goals and dreams that seem impossible to the average mind.
“One day the times of struggle will make the best stories.” – Unknown
With that being said, please take a few minutes and check out the first part (Thailand) of our four-month adventure. Luke Marshall put a lot of time and effort into editing this 4-minute video and did an amazing job for only being his first film. Be sure to subscribe to his channel and follow him on Instagram for advice, tips, and vegan recipes.
Part one of Thailand
I was able to get a nice little picture with this peaceful monk on my way to Ayutthaya, Thailand from Bangkok.
Ah blogging once again! It has been a couple of months since I have last posted due to a busy schedule, but I am back at it again! I have recently packed up my belongings and made one of the biggest decisions of my life. Many people think of backpacking as a crazy decision because you leave everything. I have left a stable job with a large insurance company, a personal training job, and the hardest of them all- my family. Many people scoffed at the idea of my best friend and I backpacking through Southeast Asia/ teaching English abroad, but those are the same people that grew up only knowing one community who continue to keep a closed mind about the world. I, however, look at traveling as a way to learn more about myself as an individual, expand my road of opportunity, and also to learn that most people are wrong about other parts of the world.
In the week that I have been removed from the United States, I have truly realized that I have been trapped into thinking I had to start my career after graduation. Over the past few years I can honestly say I have not been as happy as I wanted to be. Working jobs that I did not see any potential with the skills I have to offer only made matters worse. There were times that I felt lost and I had no idea what I really wanted to do, and I still don’t. Having made the decision to backpack in a culture that I have not been accustomed to, I believe will answer many questions I have about it is I want to do with my life. I have come to the conclusion that I have a great ability to speak with people of different races and backgrounds, which I plan on using to help inspire and motivate people that may also be in the same position that I have experienced. For the youth of today, I hope they learn from my mistakes and also build on some of the great things I am doing with my life. Backpacking and teaching English abroad is in fact a huge risk, but in today’s world you must create your own happiness. Once people create their own happiness, they will begin to see sides of themselves that have been brainwashed and neglected by our society.
Until next time, Peace and Hair grease.
Kendrique O. Coats
This is probably by far one of my favorite quotes. This reminds me of all the opportunities that many of us young adults are given but do not take advantage of. Too many times I see people get sucked into what society wants them to do instead of doing what they want to do. Being happy is one of the best feelings in the world, but I still find happiness hard to gain through chasing jobs, materialistic items, and women. Why would any of us want to chase these things? Is it because we have grown up wanting to impress the people around us with these superficial objects? Is it because we desire to fit in with people that really don’t care about us? Who really knows what motivates people to do what they do to find happiness? I have no idea, but I do know the older I get the more I understand that it is my happiness that ultimately decides many of the decisions I make. I do not want to end up like many people who wake up in the morning pissed off to go to work. I do not want to be one of those individuals that decided to chase illusions as a young adult. Just remember folks, you can go anywhere in this world, but don’t be one of the many that stays in the same place because of the fears that come along with taking risks