I should have just titled this post as “Dear Rachel”. The truth, is I’m nervous, to an extent I feel like I’m scared of everything.
I am very easily stressed and overwhelmed. But I guess, to me, there is a lot to be nervous about; of course, taking “the plunge” is scary. The fear of quitting your job, the fear of the unknown, the fear of running out of money..
The bottom line I think, is that there will always be something to be afraid of, something that tries to hold you back. I have always toyed with the idea of travel but I would never, ever consider doing it on my own. I feel very fortunate to have met someone who wants to take this journey with me. Regardless, full-time travel is going to be a challenge.
Irrespective of all the fears you have, take baby steps. Crawl if you must, but make sure you are moving forward.
Accept now that not everything is going to go as planned. As you move further forward and get ever closer, that fear turns into excitement.
Do research. Make a list and cross things off so you can see you’re making solid progress. I started a list about ten days ago and it lists everything from cancelling my car payments, to organising our leaving do, to getting a haircut.
Last week there was a list of 28 things on that list. I have crossed off 5 things in the space of a week, that in itself brings me some comfort.
Have you ever heard the saying “if it scares you, it might be a good things to try”? The key thing in that sentence is the word “might”. It suggests surpassing yourself, surprising yourself and going out of your comfort zone, because taking risks and going outside of your comfort zone is probably where you find you have the best experiences.
Like anything you learn in life, things take practice. Just trust yourself and get yourself out there!