All of my travels have been filled with joy.
As I sit and listen to the rain trickle onto the roof top on the balcony that overlooks the river, I think about how this trip has been different. I didn’t leave home feeling secure, I left worried and unfocused. My upgrade of a hotel room was more like a downgrade. The distance I had to walk every morning was not far but so hot I was dripping with sweat before my day even started. The amount of homeless people in Tampa is overwhelming. I’m so close to the beach and didn’t even get the chance to feel the sand beneath my toes. Overall the entire time I’ve been wishing I was home.
But tonight as I sit enjoying my last few minutes of calm and a very expensive bottle of cheap wine I realize what I’m taking from Tampa. I’m not taking souvenirs of any kind nor any item that can be purchased off the shelf. I’m taking a personal lesson on life and travel.
Taking from Tampa
1. I am fortunate. I have a job, house and family and friends that support me. I look at all of these people that are sitting by the river drying their clothes on fence post, carrying every belonging they have on their back and sleeping on benches. How selfish am I to be upset that I didn’t get to go to the beach or go exploring?
2. I’ve traveled alone a lot of times and I realize now each time I traveled in the past was because I wanted things to change. Traveling to me was like trying to change things without actually changing them. It was the idea that my problems would disappear if I just changed location. All that really did was put things temporarily on hold. Travel fixes nothing it just distracts you from what’s actually happening.
3. When your lucky enough to have someone that cares about you, it doesn’t matter how far away you are, you make time to work on the problems or struggles you are faced with because you love them and they love you. It’s as simple as that.
4. Travel is meant to be shared. Regardless of if it was with one person or a group. Travel gives me the power to share experiences and stories and to connect with people.
5. I am not alone. Regardless of how lonely, stressed out or overwhelmed I feel I have someone to share that with. It’s nice to finally see that I don’t have to do everything on my own. Someone wants to help me and someone is on my side.
This indeed has not been the ideal trip of the year but it has opened my eyes and I couldn’t as for anything more to be taking home from Tampa.