We have always heard the words “forgive yourself”, and if you are anything like me, it kinda rolls off your back. I never really gave much thought to it. I never considered the drastic weight it would have on my life. Life is full of mistakes, and sometimes, those mistakes can take over our minds.

It wasn’t until this year that I’ve allowed those word to take serious root in my life. 

In order to advance ourselves, we need to forgive ourselves. There is absolutely no way to move forward, if you are focused on the past.

Also, something that happens a lot is we forget. We forget our mistakes and forget why they were made. One of the most important parts of forgiveness is remembrance. Remembering how we felt when we made the mistake. Remembering why we made it. And remembering why we will never do it again.

If we forget about our mistakes, we will never learn from them.

And if we want to mature as a person and advance the society we live in, we must learn from our mistakes.

They say experience is the best teacher, and those words reign true to this day. It is unfortunate that sometimes we must experience something ourselves to really understand something. I am a firm believer that some things cannot be taught, they must be experienced. And those experiences are different for everyone.

One person might be able to be told not to touch the fire, and never touch the fire. While another person may be told, but has to touch it in order to learn. 

Both of these are completely natural, and sometimes the one who got burned, will be the one who learns the strongest lesson.

So as we go forward, let us embrace failure. Let us learn from our mistakes. And let’s continue moving through this extraordinary thing called life.

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As I prepare to start my adventures I know I have to condition and prepare for what the world might have in store for me.

By that I mean I have to start working out. I am not overweight by any means, in fact I’ve always been at a normal, healthy weight. My problem is endurance. I can walk and hike for a long time compared to some others, but I want to be able to go the extra mile.

So I went and I got myself a gym membership. I’ve been working on my walking and running and lifting weights.

I want to be prepared for what any landscape might throw at me. Now I know some places there is nothing you can do to prepare. But I want to be able to climb that mountain, to scale that wall, to take that hike.

It won’t be easy, but nothing is.

Thanks everyone for following me during my journey and I hope that you continue to keep up with my journey.

As always, Shang.

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Worth the risk?

If you have read any of my earlier blogs, you might know I have anxiety. I also suffer from different forms of OCD. But enough about me, let’s get down to the real thing. I have been infatuated with traveling and I don’t know if I will ever be able to satisfy the craving.

My church is taking a trip to Haiti. Sounds fun right? Not only is it one place to check off my places to go list, but it will also be a great opportunity to serve others and help those in need.

But Haiti has somewhat of a bad reputation for disease, bad emergency services, and not being very clean. This makes my anxiety and OCD go crazy!

I would be so scared to do anything. If I get bit by a mosquito, I would automatically think I have malaria. The thought of it scares me to death.

But on the completely different other hand, I don’t want to let fear hold me from experiencing what might be the trip of a lifetime. And if you’ve been reading my past blogs, what might be the first trip I take.

Am I thinking practically or am I thinking out of fear and lack of faith?

I do not want to live my life in fear of traveling. But this is a real problem I have to face.

So please, if you have any advice for me please, PLEASE, comment on this post. Some encouraging words would be so great right now.

As always, Shang.

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As I start to plan my adventure of traveling I have come to one devastating but obvious fact.

I need to save money.

This will be the hardest part for me. Not due to myself not being able to save money, but due to the fact that I have very little income. But nonetheless, I will find ways to save money.

If I save $200 a month by the end of this year I will have $2,400 dollars. Considering you can buy a ticket to Paris for $1,300,  I could afford a trip to Paris in a year! N0w, As a hiker and explorer, I’m trying to read up on how to stretch a dollar while l’m traveling and not follow the pricey tourist way of traveling. I will have to learn to find my own path and find cheap ways of staying somewhere for a longer amount of time by, example, staying with someone instead of in a hotel.

There is just so much to learn about all of this it’s rather overwhelming. But I will still indulge myself in this and learn as much as possible about traveling.

I am begging for tips and please leave them in the comment section below.

Also, please follow this blog to keep up with my journey of traveling and we can go through this together.

As always, Shang.

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I’m starting to plan out my travel destinations which I want to visit first. There are 195 country’s in this world and I don’t know where to start. I’m thinking about starting in my surrounding countries. But like I always say, I’m looking for advice! Please comment and tell me your favorite place you’ve ever been and tell me what you liked so much about it. And if you comment it I will put it on my list of top places to go.

As always, Shang

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Adventure is out there 

Lately if been bitten by the travel bug, and I don’t think that there is a cure. I’ve been looking into all the things I would need to begin my adventure as soon as possible. I don’t know where to start, it’s rather overwhelming. But needless to say, I have bumped my goal up a year and my goal is to leave the country this year. I am applying for my passport soon and then I can go. I’m also looking into backpacking around my state this summer. I got into backpacking awhile ago but never actually pursued it. So now I am left with the stuff I have to backpack and a wanderlust spirit. I can’t take the fact anymore, that every single second that ticks by is a second I will never get back. I don’t have any time to waste. People are constantly pressuring me to focus on school so I can get an education and make a lot of money. If I die at 80 and have nothing by my bedside but money and no memories and experiences, I’ve lived a pretty pathetic life. I don’t want that to happen. Actually, I am horrified of that happening. This isn’t a phase, this is a lifestyle.

Getting started is the hardest part though. I don’t know where to begin. That is why I’m begging anyone who has experience is this area to please comment on this post and give me some advice.

As always, Shang

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Step one

As a follow up on my post from yesterday. I am going to apply for a passport. I went and had my photos made and I am going to order my passport on Saturday. This is a great first step to my journey. And if all works out, I plan to leave the country for the first time within months. I’m so excited to see what this year has in store for me. I’m naming this year of my life the travel year. I want to visit at least 100 places I have never been before before the strike of midnight on December 31st. All of you have been wonderful encouragers and I beg you to comment and tell me ideas or advice if you have been in my shoes before. Let me know the do’s and don’ts of all of this if you have been here before.

As always, Shang

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