My grandmother has a very specific view of people who travel a lot, especially old people.
She can’t understand how they can’t just be happy with staying at home, why their souls are so restless and unhappy with their current situation.
I hear and read this a lot:
If you travel all the time, you’re running away from something.
Is that true? Are we running away from something… if so, then what are we running from?
I believe that nearly all of us are running, but for two different reasons:
- Some have restless souls trying to find happiness in external things like adventure and experiences, in other words, they’re trying to escape from who they are right now – hoping to change.
- Some are dreamers running away from society hoping to find an escape somewhere else or to find an answer telling them that life doesn’t have to be the way people force it to be.
Running Away From Yourself
I both know and have met people in this situation: They are sick of traveling, tired of always being on the road, talking nothing but negative about travels but they still have that nervous restless look in their eyes, which makes them continue.
Some left home because they hated their life there, hoping it would be better somewhere else, only to find they brought their problems with them.
The only problem is that they don’t realize it, but continue to the next destination thinking and hoping that it will be better there, and then the next, and the next…
Instead of dealing with their problems – they try to find a way to escape them, which is impossible.
When traveling it is easier to block out your personal problems because of all the new, exciting, external things going on, but you will never escape them.
Running Away From Reality
If we’re running away from (leaving) a current reality or situation, and I believe this is true for many of us, then I can’t see why that would be such a bad thing?
– Why should we accept life the way it is? – Why can’t we look for something better? – Why can’t we widen our perspectives?
I say we can, and we should!
We don’t have to follow the rules of society like a bunch of numb robots, doing everything society tells us to do even though we haven’t seen much good coming out of it.
In fact, I think this is an awesome reason to travel.
Running away in this aspect, searching for something else in life is necessary for you to evolve, to develop and not get stuck in a current situation.
In a way I believe that you have to be looking for something to find something – although not necessarily knowing what you look for.
What do you think about all this? Why Do You Travel? Are you trying to escape from reality?