This is a repost from one of my earlier blog entries. I just wanted to re share it with everyone. Sense it’s original publication this piece has also been featured nationwide in the Adventure World Magazine, and was my first officially published work. So enjoy.
Traveling is a journey through and through. When a trip is conceived it sparks a dream. A dream that leads to adventure, full of hope, fear, adventure, doubt, and many other emotions. A trip that slowly starts to fill your existence. You pursue ideas, and get bogged down in research to some far away land your heading to. Trying to get a preemptive taste of what it may be like, looking at pictures of local scenery and already falling in love.
Adventure is that gal who grabs you and throws you over her shoulder and takes you somewhere you never expected to go. And you better believe she won’t let you down until she’s ready to.
Once she does though you immediately miss her warm embrace. What it felt like to be held by such grizzled experienced gentle arms. You never feel as high or alive as when she’d lift you above the clouds, into the interior of her lovers world, Dream.
Dream, a fickle fellow. Although he sticks with you more than adventure does he still remains elusive at times, and hard to summon up when you will ’em. He’ll fill you with hopes and promises, an opiate of a powerful persuasion, until all your lines begin to blur and grow fuzzy with Excitement, his devious brother. Then before you know it you’re out of the clouds and Dream has passed you by. Only a distant memory that fades with each setting of the sun. And with that darkness comes Fear.
Fear, a misunderstood lord. For his peasants, Insecurity, Doubt, and Anxiety, often get confused for their king. Yet Fear rules with a guiding fist. He reveals your walls so you can press up against, and topple them down. Granted he may not be as forgiving as Dream, but it’s just because of his calloused reputation. Yet Fear still lusts after his lost lover Hope.
Hope, the gentle caretaker. With one look she banishes Fears peasants, a single touch capable of re-imbuing the soul with her radiant light, and with a single breath she breaths life into those who are lost. She’ll make you impervious to life’s vices and poisons. A shield against the daggers of the dark. A faithful companion as long as you have Belief.
Belief, a lonesome trickster. Capable of leading even the most sincere astray with false Hopes of success. Yet if Belief can be worked with, rather than leaned on for support, then true progress can be gained. For Belief needs a partner, and hates being relied upon elusively. Belief’s trick being he’s powerless alone, but with action even Dream is not out of his reach. Yet he’s hardly capable of the guidance that is offered by Love.
Love, the builder of the mosaic. Always working in the background and alongside her fellow emotions. Capable of crumbling empires or trumping the most stout Fear, Doubt or Insecurity. Love is capable of all. She’ll brush you off when you fall, and then show you how to deal with any situation with grace and finesse. She’ll show you the best side of all her emotions, and yourself, giving you the strength needed to carry on toward whatever ends you have in sight. Be it traveling to a foreign far away land, or finishing out the day.
When you travel your closest companion is yourself. Your journey starts the second you dream up the idea that will one day manifest into a reality. All the emotional bumps and turns from conception to completion are just as much apart of your journey as the monuments you’ll see, and the people you’ll meet along the way. Be sure going into whatever journey that you may embark on that you’re ready to travel with your emotions. For they can elevate your trip into something that you never expected, or kill it in the dirt before you take your first step to get there.