“You will run across people who do not understand why you do what you do, you can either fight them or let it go. If you are doing no harm and it’s something you love, do it. I talked to a girl the other day and she ‘You do you,’ and I thought of you.” Chuck and I had an opportunity to have a wonderful conversation once again yesterday. We talked about his time in the service, our families, and our ambition to travel.
As of late, I have received more negative feedback despite my attempts to explain my ambition to travel. Traveling is not just a hobby for me, it is my passion. I have a burning desire to see the world and all it has to offer. “What about a family, don’t you want one?” Yes, I do want a family, but not right now. My parents waited to marry and spent four years dating each other, and in those four years learned their passion. It is a passion they have passed down to me. I want my children to see what passion looks like, to see that world is far more beautiful than the horrible news that are reported. I want to sit in a rocking chair, open up a photo album and tell them the stories I am gaining through what I am doing right now. I also want what Chuck has: a young adult who becomes my friend and we share stories over a glass of ice tea.
My traveling adventures are not selfish, I want my children to experience a passion, whatever it may be. I think everyone should feel this passion at least once in their lives. I want to be a mentor to a young adult who needs guidance and support, just as Chuck has been to me.