Two weeks ago, a friend and I spent a week traveling through the Amalfi coast. Our itinerary was vague, and not very well defined (perhaps intentionally so). We wanted to visit the coastal towns of Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi. Beyond this, we knew very little of what we planned on doing when we boarded our flight from London.
Some places bite deep. They touch a spot that has never been touched before. This was one of them.
The best part about traveling is not the discovery of a new place. It is not just about seeing the world. Seeing the world, exploring a new place, these are the default, expected experiences when visiting, passing through, or moving to and living in a new place.
The best travel experiences show you something about yourself that you didn’t know. They surprise you, because you surprise yourself. These moments are rare. They are like gifts from the universe, fleeting, barely noticeable. In fact, they can pass you by if you’re not paying attention.
I learned a few things during those nine days, as I slowly made my way through the beautiful Amalfi coastline:
- My most courageous moments, especially over the past year, were born in fear
- Fear, the experience of being a little afraid, uncomfortable, unsettled, is a necessary component of a life truly lived and maddeningly experienced.
- I must continue to take leaps, especially the scary ones.
- Never ignore a connection, especially the ones found in places I least expect. I will learn the most from people whose life experiences are nothing like mine.