Travel: A Life Worth Exploring

Explore: Travel in or through (an unfamiliar country or area) in order to learn about or familiarize oneself with it.
 "Sis, Your 27, What are you doing with your life?", 
asked  my 23 year old brother, during a conversation after dinner. We had just finished a family meal enjoying the food, and telling jokes;  then he killed the vibe. 

I sat in silence for about 3 seconds, and paused. As I started to answer, I kind of choked up a bit. I didn't know why, but I swear my mind drifted off  to the point in the interview process when the interviewer says, "So, Ms. _______....Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?".

I have to admit that out of all 16 questions during the interview process; this question was the one I dreaded the most.This question made me want to almost  run out of the office, leaving my heels at the chair. I  wanted to jump in a cab, head home, and curl up in a ball. This question made me feel like I didn't have a purpose. This question, made me feel like there was no significance to my existence. 

Growing up, I never really had a clear idea l in my head of what my passion was. I knew that I loved to encourage others; read, and write, I also liked to travel. The thing is, I was unsure about the career I wanted to pursue.I wanted to join the Peace Corps,  and travel around the world. I wanted to become a screen writer. The Flight attendant position, seemed thrilling as well. Man, I was indecisive. 

 As my brother started laughing; I snapped out of my daze and started to stumble, "I am going to move to New Yooork, and find a job in the field of Hospitality, and  do some freelancing on the side. I also may go to massage school"...... Already, I was on a roll. 
My brother continued laughing, because clearly, I did not have a straight-forward plan.I paused again. 

Looking him in the eye, I started over. " I am exploring brother. I do not know exactly what I want to do. Right now, I am going with the flow, and letting life lead. I will test the waters and identify what intrigues me the most,  versus what doesn't . Saying this felt so good. I felt like a bird. I felt FREE.

I don't know if any of you are feeling the same;  You may be confused about where you are right now, or don't exactly know what your passion is. My best advice is to not feel obligated, or pressured to answer in any specific way when someone ask you about your life goals, or your passion.  Take your time, think about it. There is no formula or algorithm to life. 

Life is ups and downs, interests and disinterests. Some individuals may have their 10 year life plan written out, and others just go with the flow. We all have our differences. The important thing is to do whatever makes you feel happy, and live your life to the fullest. Whatever you want to do; whether it be moving to a new state, transitioning to a new field of work, As long as you follow your dreams, you will succeed. 

Be Encouraged,

This post is inspired by a story shared by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, on an episode of (posted below) Her story called "Flight of the Hummingbird-The Curiosity Driven Life", touched me in such a way, that I wanted to share. 
Today is a New Day.  Live your life worry free, and attempt to do everything you always wanted.