This is how travel can teach you a bit more about yourself.

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This is how travel can teach you a bit more about yourself.

 

Disclaimer! This is NOT an overestimation. Exaggeration, by nature, is not something I am into especially when it comes to discovering one’s self and enlightenment. So believe me when I tell you that travel can make you know so much about yourself even if you don’t realize it.

 

There is always a side of us we tend not to be aware of. If we are tough there is a soft one hidden and if we are fearful there is a fierce face somewhere. The opposite of what we define ourselves to be is usually present somewhere but needs to be triggered and, in many cases, a flight ticket and a few bookings work magic as a trigger.

 

Some of us think they are super independent and for them traveling doesn’t emotionally affect them in any way. But then they travel and get homesick even before they have been gone for so long. They start realizing that maybe they have defined their independence a bit wrong. In this sense they have seen a side of their character they weren’t aware of.

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Other people think they are too anxious, dependent, fearful or inexperienced to face another city – I was one of those – but then they give themselves a chance and they see a completely different character.

 

I remember the first time I went shopping and had lunch all alone in London or the first time I took the tube all by myself . And believe me when I tell you I couldn’t believe I did it it felt like a huge achievement even though I know the whole world would disagree.

 

I remember the first time I held a printed map and led the way through Rome with my friends and no one had an idea what I was doing but turned out to be right, and I was so proud of myself.

 

Those moments by definition are not achievements, for many people they are just daily events but for someone who is not comfortable outside of their homes, their cities or whatever is familiar this is big and it was for me!

 

Whether it was believing you were not soft enough for homesickness or thought you were not tough enough to be on your own in another city or any other realization, think about your past trips and make a list of moments you realized or learned something new about yourself. Something about your character, the way you deal with circumstances or maybe something you handled so well even if you were doubtful.

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Make a list!

Because these moment are worth acknowledgment, they were little victories and revelations about yourself that you should speak of.  Open up your eyes d your next trips and take note of what you know next!

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Mariam Mazhar

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