At first I thought I would write a book. Then the very thought of trying to write my first book ever scared me right into ‘oh I’ll do that tomorrow.’ To much pressure. Instead I’m going to write a blog post from time to time talking about the very thing I would have written a book about. Why would you take a humanitarian trip to the other side of the world?A village in a remote region of Nepal needs a school, and it’ll take you two days to trek into the village…Oh Hell Yea, where do I sign up! Giddy with excitement way before I had even asked myself the practical questions. I just knew I wanted…no needed to be there. A complete unexplainable gut wrenching pull to go on this trip. I went crazy at the possibility of such an amazing opportunity.
Taking a humanitarian trip has been on my bucket list for years, probably since high school really. Something about traveling, adventure and seeing how other people lived fascinates me. How does someone live without running water, electricity, cars and what we consider to be can’t live without necessities of the modern world. But I think more than anything I wanted to learn and appreciate my world more. And the only way is to put myself in someone else’s shoes literally.
‘You’re what? But aren’t there people to help here in the US, why go to the other side of the world?’
When I decided to go to Nepal, people had on of two reactions. One, Holy Sh*t that’s awesome! I always knew you would do something like that. Or the response above. Why go at all? Tough questions I had to ask myself. What kind of impact would my leaving for 2 and a half week have on my family and my business? How am I going to raise the money to go? Like any major life altering dream, the excitement and passion comes long before you figure out the nitty gritty. It’s how you handle and get around the road blocks that make the dream come true or not. I almost didn’t go a number of times. What if I can’t raise all the money? What if my being out of touch for 2.5 weeks ruins my business? I’m the only one here, no one to pick up the slake while I’m away.
Every time I started considering not going, my head and heart felt heavy. I was sad ( I cried about not going more then once). I wanted so much to go. So I met each road block with a deadly stare that would take down a bangle tiger. Not Matter what, I was going. Done.
Have you had a dream like that? Something you couldn’t get out of your head? Every fiber of your being was saying you need to do this? Don’t ignore that. It’s what amazing life altering experiences are made of. Don’t let the resistance silence that dream…it is possible. As long as it’s in your heart, you can make anything happen. Done.
I’d love to hear about your life altering dreams and adventures, write a comment.
xoxo – Rachael
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