Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tuesday Travel Inspiration: Dreams

Have you ever had one of those mornings when you wake up from a dream, and no matter how hard you try to recall the details, they continually slip out of reach? Then at some random point mid-day, you're struck by a sense of déjà vu and clarity. 

I find that life tends to work in the same fashion as dreams, in that it's only when you take a step back from the finer details, the entire picture comes into focus.

Ever since returning to Colorado and following up with connections post-NAFSA and TBEX, I've been thinking a lot about the big picture, and how all the "details" experienced at both those conferences helped remind me of what it means to be an international educator. 

I should start by saying I've always admired those who are able to sell their belongings, travel the world one continent at a time, and document their experiences along the way. Actually...admire is a tame word - "jealous" is more appropriate. To live as a nomad, to really experience the world and its cultures - I mean, what isn't there to admire about that lifestyle? Of course, it isn't always glamorous - I've read enough blogs and traveled enough to know that - and like everything in life, there is more to it than meets the eye. Still, it was dreams of being a travel blogger that fueled much of my early motivation to travel.

Fast-forward to sitting on my porch with a glass of wine, as I reflect on my recent experiences and conversations at NAFSA & TBEX, and these details combine to hit me in the face once again with the big picture: as much as I admire and look up to travel bloggers for inspiration, it's the field of international education that feeds my soul.

Never has working a job felt more like a passion, as it has with GoAbroad.com. In a similar vein to how travel bloggers inspire travelers about the world, so do I get to impart my knowledge for meaningful and education-based travel. Sure, there are days spent glued to my desk and computer as opposed to traversing a new state or country, but it's these less glamorous experiences that make getting up for work everyday something to look forward to. If everything happened the way you imagined it would, where would the adventure be? The moments of "live and learn?" As an international educator, you can't ask for more than that.

It turns out that paying attention to those moments of clarity can be well worth it. Maybe you'll remember that dream upon waking, and maybe you won't. That isn't what matters. What matters is that you have faith in yourself to follow your dreams anyway. Easier said than done, right? Don't worry, dreams are fickle friends who have a way of reminding you to appreciate them.

After all, your dreams know where they're going -- even if you don't. You might as well enjoy the ride. 

Wherever your dreams lead, here's wishing you happy journey along the way!