Transitioning dreams into reality is a complex, and often overwhelming task. Often people get lost in the ‘how’ of it all, and forgo trying altogether. Why go through the trouble of creating your own path, knowing that there is a chance it will not lead anywhere, especially when there are so many other established paths for you to follow?
Every dinner party started with this question, and for far too long, I allowed it to dictate the decisions in my life. I was too afraid to figure out what I wanted or who I wanted to be, because I didn’t want to have to go through the “difficult” stage of stumbling through my answer to the dreaded, “What Do You Do?”
We didn’t begin traveling to escape anything; racism included. Honestly, I had no expectations for our journey around the world, only desire. It was the only thing I was passionate about, and throughout every phase of my life the desire never faded, instead it continuously intensified.
I still can’t tell you what I thought traveling the world would be like, or where I thought it would lead me. I kind of just hoped it would be a great experience, and never expected any enlightenment or self-discovery. I just wanted to go. I felt like I needed to, and feared that if I didn’t, I would forever regret it.
I’ve had a strong desire to travel for so long that I can’t even pinpoint its origin. Not only do I not know where the desire came from, I also have never had a clear idea of where travel was going to lead me, or my life.
My writing always features an ever-present theme – my continuous, yet futile, search for elusive somethings. This actually doubles as the theme of my life, and also the catalyst for the anxiety that seemed to
stalk follow me throughout my journey of self-discovery.
It’s been awhile, and the snack boxes have been keeping me from blogging, but I’ve got some really cool projects in the works, and I can’t wait to get back to writing about our adventures throughout Asia. Spoiler Alert: Tokyo has been amazing!
Did you know that Japan has a ridiculous number of Kit Kat flavors scattered throughout the country? Some are only available in specific regions, and most are seasonal treats. I’m very serious about these Kit Kats, and have been determined to try as many flavors as possible since we booked our flights to Tokyo.
Eight years ago Jarrell got his passport so that he could study abroad in Tokyo. The Anime style and illustration techniques seemed like something he had to see in person, but before he could even submit his application, he started to doubt his dream. He didn’t go to college to become a starving artist, and that was the only outcome he could see from an Art Degree.
This time last year we were smoking weed in Amsterdam, preparing for Jarrell’s birthday, when I asked him what he wanted to do in 2016. At that time, making his birthday trip to Amsterdam seemed like the greatest feat, so it was really a question of how on Earth do I top that?