Before I started my three months journey I thought I knew how it would impact me. I was even a little afraid that I was too self aware for it to actually impact me. Once I got moving and met all the wonderful people on the road I realized my ideas were quite presumptuous and didn’t turn out to come true. The trip caught me totally off guard and it shaped me in a way that I would never have thought of. Something deep inside of me is different. I understood that my experience while travelling is personal and each persons trip is going to be unique. Coming home was similar, I had an idea what would happen. How I would act and how the people waiting for me back home would act. Then when I finally got home my predictions were in no way in line with reality.
I got home to Iceland in the middle of the night, my best friend Daníel picked me up and dropped me home. I enter my room and everything is where I left it, I fell into bed and was knocked out almost immediately. Over the course of a week I met up with friends and family, we hugged, smiled and they asked me how it was, I said amazing and that’s that. It’s like I never left. Three months isn’t that long of a time period, not much had changed. Some pregnancies and pregnancy announcements. It was like I stepped into a different world, full of responsibilities and routine. I felt like an alien in human disguise. These three months had been packed with adventure and life changing stories. Then suddenly I come back, like it never happened.
The hardest thing for me coming back is the mundane stress. I’ve always been quite vulnerable to stress. Suddenly I see it all around me, people being stressed about everything down to the small detail. I have no desire to make those a part of my life again. Few weeks ago the only worry that I had was, “where do I go next?”. I mean it’s just life, enjoy it while you can. Build a life that is not only worth living, but a life you can enjoy. I am still determined to hold on to the fire inside and stick to the lessons I learned on the road and I would like to leave a few of them here.
- Enjoy life while you can.
- Positivity always returns tenfold.
- We are all the same in how different we are.
- Follow your passion.
- The world is a big place that gets smaller the more you travel.
- Pura Vida!