Travelling is one of life’s best teachers. After 17 flights and many incredible memories, I have learnt many lessons and made incredible journeys.

These journeys took me from the Superyacht show in Palma on the island of Mallorca, basking in the sun on the beautiful beaches of the Balearic islands, admiring the Singapore skyline from the Marina Bay Sands hotel, paddle boarding around an island between dolphins in Indonesia and watching racing at Spa Francochamps in Belgium on my birthday and cycling in and around Amsterdam. The lessons learnt are not what the presupposed traditional education system has taught us about what a true education really is. It only takes a willingness to venture beyond the realms of our comfort zones to find the answers within ourselves and reflect on the lessons learnt. This is my account on some of the lessons I have learnt and the lessons I will carry forward with me. If anything, I hope this serves as a little inspiration to venture, go wholeheartedly on your journey and grow from your experiences.

 

1. Life is short

We have a finite amount of time on this extraordinary planet. Life truly is short and every single day is a gift as not one of us are guaranteed a tomorrow. Time in itself is a non-renewable resource. Emphasis should thus be placed on the utilisation of time as opposed to the absolute amount of time that is left. Travel, explore, venture longer, go further, meet more people and make the very most of every second you have to see all the beauty around you.

 

2. Go against the herd and embrace the unknown

We live in an age where swimming upstream is the only way to succeed. If you do what everyone else does, you will get the same result as them. Going against the heard and embracing the unknown might lead to one of the most amazing experiences of your life.  Don’t let uncertainty stop you from living your dreams.

 

3. We all belong to the human race and there’s good in all of us

We all have the same needs: to love and be loved. One of the greatest lessons I’ve learnt is that we can choose to treat each other with dignity and respect. There are good things everywhere – if only we look for it. It is our choice to recognise the good in everything around us.

 

4. You are in control

We are accountable for the decisions we make and we have to make decisions however hard they may be. The first step in making your dreams come true is to make those choices that will lead you in the right direction. Action is everything and in making a commitment, you are eliminating all other options. Set your priorities, decide to honour them and don’t settle.

5. Resources vs Resourcefulness

Resources refer to what we have and resourcefulness refers to how we use what we have. You can have all the resources in the world but not be resourceful with them.The objective should be to use what you already have in the most efficient and effective manner. Someone that can utilise what they already have in an effective manner can still greatly outperform someone with superior resources. It is not as much about what you have, but more about how you use what you already have.

 

6. Live in the moment

Travelling allows us the opportunity to experience things that are out of the ordinary and we must learn to appreciate it. There are times when we just need to take a moment to realize how lucky we can be. A few years from now is irrelevant when we get to experience a truly special moment in the present that we may not see again. Realize, appreciate and enjoy the moment.

 

7. If it doesn’t scare you, you’re not dreaming big enough

Risk is an inevitable part of life. We need to weigh factors up and consider whether the risk is worth pursuing in order to get a greater gain. The old adage of nothing ventured, nothing gained still holds true more than ever. If I had simply not taken a risk a couple of times, then I can unequivocally say that I would not have had the experiences that I was fortunate to have.

 

8. Trust your gut – Just do it.

Sometimes we just simply need to remind ourselves to trust ourselves more. In a different environment with a lot of unknowns, we are tested more than usual. After thinking about this for a while I came to realise how accurate it can be to listen to your inner voice. It has taught me that you need to listen to your intuition and trust that your inner voice will guide you. It reminds me of the Nike slogan, which inspires us to follow our heart, take a risk and just do it.

 

9. You can consciously choose how you react in a given situation, unplanned or unfavourable circumstance and the power of flexibility

Not everything always goes as we have planned. If things don’t go the way we have envisioned them, then it can be all too easy to sink into a feeling of overwhelm or frustration. The ability to change or adapt to a changing environment has become more and more prevalent as the world gets more integrated. People fear change. It is not only the awareness of change, but the rate at which we can identify these changes and adapt in a proactive way. If something doesn’t work, change, move on and realign your focus. In doing so, don’t change your goal, question your method.

 

1o. Nothing can substitute experience

Nothing can substitute for the experience of actually being there. No television program or magazine could ever make you feel like the actual experience. Sand under your feet, wind in your hair and the beauty of a real sunset. Fullness of life is not lived within the confines of walls and comfort zones. Get out there and experience life.

I heard a quote once that stuck with me. “Rather a passport full of stamps than a house full of things” and it holds true.  At the end of the day we are the author of our book and we are a summation of our stories. Our things do not define us, yet this is contrary to enormous amounts spent on marketing to tell you otherwise. Worldly things do not define us and we cannot substitute any of it for lost time. Material goods can be replaced, not your time. Don’t chase things, chase experiences – you will be happier for it.

 

11. Distance makes you appreciate all the important people in your life

They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Travelling brings an enormous sense of appreciation for those you care about and share the same values with. When you are not surrounded or around those you love one tends to think about those close to you and what they mean to you. It brings a sense of appreciation which is one of the greatest feelings a human can experience. The distance that travelling creates between us gives us time to discover the importance of shared joy.

 

12. Life is a gift and living is its fuel

I sincerely believe life is a gift. It is to be cherished and to make the most of it. What we make of it is up to us. Living a life that is true to us and not someone else’s made up story. Live to its full and surround yourself with those that bring you joy. Live, explore, be courageous and daring, after all we only have one shot at this extraordinary gift we call life. In closing, I sincerely wish you all the very best that life has to offer. I hope you will find many joyful and purposeful encounters on your life journey and that you can look over the vistas where opportunities abound, to always explore, be curious, learn more and spread happiness on your trail so that others may experience the same.

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