I’m currently mid-trip on the road in Vietnam. I haven’t had the wifi or opportunity to write much, but for every person out there thinking about taking a chance, this read is for you.
7 days ago I bought a motorcycle in Vietnam, learned to ride it (ha I definitely have never ridden before), then headed north through the mountains rather than take a bus. And I did it solo. I didn’t hop on this motorcycle expecting that I would be able to do this all alone… Multiple times I considered just stopping in Hanoi and selling it.I thought often of a quote I am fond of, “I will walk by faith even when I cannot see” and kept trucking on. It was terrifying, exhilarating, dirty, exhausting, and inspiring over these past few days. The roundabout ways of getting to the random places and the little villages I stayed in made me the ONLY tourist I saw for three straight days. It was unlike anything I have ever experienced. It was quiet at times, singing to myself at the top of my lungs to pass time at others, and perhaps one of the most inspiring points in my life.
My bike broke down in a rice paddy field, leaving only me to fix it. I did a wheelie on hill, I slid out on a dusty corner cliffside road, and even burned my leg to a sizzle at one point. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s exactly where I am supposed to be, and what I am supposed to be doing.
Four years ago, I hadn’t ever even left the country when I headed down to Argentina on a one-way ticket. But, more importantly, I didn’t think that I was capable of something like that. But then I did it. Then I did it again…. and again. Jumping in headfirst is scary, but wonderful. There are so many things I never thought I would do and now I’m standing here, alive and well, with this perma-smile. Seriously, bigger than my usual smile…
What I got out of it was this: ANYONE CAN DO THIS. Too many people on this planet don’t believe in their ability to chase after whatever they want to do! The doubts and complications and shadows loom so much higher than they actually are. I want people to be as inspired as I am right now. I want someone, somewhere, to take that leap, whether it’s a solo camping trip, a one-way ticket, a summit they have been eye-balling, or skinny-dipping in bioluminescent water. Don’t listen to the doubts, the fears, the shadows.
I AM INSPIRED.