“We are what we repeatedly do” is a quote from Aristotle that reminds me each and every time, that as a young graduate fresh from university… the decisions you make now will affect you for the rest of your life.
This is why our young 20s are so important. It’s a time when we all realize that in September, the game has changed. It’s a new lifestyle we must adjust to, but it hits you so hard and fast that even approximately 19 years of school couldn’t prepare you for this. It’s our rite of passage to look into ourselves and see what we really want from life.
For me, there’s no better way to experience a fulfilling life than to enjoy what our world has to offer us. Most often though, our lives are in the way… or is it just a petty excuse to for us to not take the risk?
What about my school debts?
What about finding a job?
What about my friends and family?
You think you have problems now… wait till you’ll older. I’m not one to speak for a 30 year old, but you can observe that as you get older, more responsibilities will be piled on top of what you think are problems now.
Go out there, find 3 other friends and a car and just go and experience what even your own country can offer. Being a city boy in Toronto practically my entire life, experiencing what Western Canada has to offer was beyond any description I could type here for you. Or perhaps, do a volunteer excursion. Build a school in a faraway land, intern overseas or teach English in foreign country.
Be a person filled with adventure, culturally informed and experience what our planet Earth can do for you. You’re still young, but you won’t be young forever. Take the time to get to know yourself and what you really want from your life. These experiences will enlighten your perspectives, allow you to figure yourself out and will inform you about many aspects of the world’s culture. More importantly though, it will connect you with nature and generate human networks that can last a lifetime.
Another man that can attest to this idea is Jeff Goins. He wrote this fantastic piece which inspired me to generate this post and spread that same wisdom throughout the internet: http://convergemagazine.com/featured/travel-young/