A Spring Reflection

It’s mid-day, a week into spring and I thought I’d rather be out in a coffee shop enjoying every moment of it than stuck in a giant lecture hall. I read something the other day… It went a little something like;

“I urge you to travel. As far and as much as possible. Work ridiculous shifts to save your money. Go without the latest phone. Throw yourself out of your comfort zone. Find out how other people live, and realise that the world is a much bigger place than the town you live in. And when you come home, home may still be the same, & yes you may go back to the same old job. But something in your mind will have shifted. And trust me, That changes everything”

Yes, I want to travel. But, when I say I want to travel, I don’t mean I want to stay at fancy hotels or buy shirts at souvenir shops. When I say I want to travel , I mean I want to explore another place and become a part of the culture, blend in. I want to climb up mountains and find secret beaches. I want to discover coffee shops and hidden streets. I want to meet people who are different, but excite and inspire me still. I want to photograph the people and places I see. I want my spirit to be in constant wonder and awe of the world and life around me. I want to see things with new eyes. I want to look at a map and be able to remember how I was changed by the places I have been to, the people I have met and the things I have seen. This, I think, is what is at the heart of adventure and that is exactly why I plan on making my life one.

To:Yourself, A Letter for the New Year

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This year was the supposed to be the start of your ‘adult’ life. It was to be fraught with the struggles and stress of university with little relief and calm from the insomnia and instant coffee driven nights before the exams in high school, all while being told it wasn’t good enough. Your life was supposed to be defined by some number that you got from people pushing papers. Not that you have anything against people just simply doing their job, however to you that’s not what this time in a persons life should be like. You were not going to be defined by a number. You were not going to succumb and crumble into a pile of lifelessness in the corner of your room when they say it’s not going to work out based on a score you attained, while your attitude and personality of delinquency is closer to its peak than that of your own personal maturity. It may not go down the path they would be pleased with, but there is more than one path that leads to happiness and success.

Instead this year you have chose to live less according to a plan, but according to being in the places that you can truly come alive in. Being in the presence of people that inspire, astound, travel and teach. It’s been frosty mornings, long hours and rigorous financial planning, but you made it. You’re here, alone, bag on your back adventure on your mind and nothing except your imagination to hold you back. You are not bound by the restraints of work or the pressures of school and keeping up with the standards of society.

You have nothing to prove to anyone.

You’re young, lack experience and need to learn.

You need to learn about yourself and what you’re passionate about.

You have your whole life ahead of you and you should be damn proud that you’ve come this far and be surrounded by the friends you have made.

You have no life plan and that’s alright.

You are not restricted by what you choose to study and pursue now.

Your mind wanders as you stand at the threshold of adventure. Alone and at peace you step through and as you leave the part of the world you call home, a sense of accomplishment and relief comes down on you. You know you have everything you need, even though you just packed the night before like you always do. It isn’t the most efficient way to go about your travels but it feels comfortable and familiar to you, which is probably what you need at that moment as your about to step into the void of the unknown.

This is a new year, a new life. A life that has the potential to be inspired, shaped and moulded by your experiences, inspirations and adventures on this journey. It is unpolluted by the worries, woes and hardships of the last 12 months. There is nothing to be anxious about, except where the next inspiration will lead you, what adventure will you have next, who will you meet. And in those cases it’s more of a lust or a need than a worry.

Do not do things just for the sake of doing it, or just for the reason ‘they did it, so I’ll do it’. Do these things for you, do these things to a profound understanding of what you’ve done or it would have been for nothing. If you want to go help and volunteer in a community for 2 months you do that, but not for the praise and respect of your peers. But for the pure benefit of the people in the community and yourself alone.

And also, forget the money.

Money doesn’t define who you are as a person or how ‘wealthy’ you are. Money is an object, if you let money define your life then it will be a life filled with false happiness. A life shared is a full life, this venture is everything you needed. This is the truly most beautiful thing in your life right now. Take the time, feel the moment, feel your life and enjoy this adventure. It’s a Happy New Year after all.

GoPro: A Year To Look Forward To

Now in the third month of 2015 and my GAP year in full swing I have taken the time to look back and reminisce on the good times of last year. Along with upcoming trips to Japan and Peru I have more photos and videos to come from all the fun things to do around Canberra. As the Australian capital expands and the art community grows the opportunities to have a truly wonderful time also flourishes. From the Multicultural Festival to the Enlighten Festival, Art Not Apart Exhibition in New Acton and the all new Kingston Foreshore. I hope that the video edit of all the wonderful times I’ve had with all my friends and family inspires me and all of you to do something awesomely adventurous this year!

 Namaste