We’ve probably read it many times – that travelling helps you “find yourself”. But over the years and places you will travel to, there is probably no worse lie. In life and in travel, the first thing you find out, is that you create yourself – from the old part and into the new parts you become.
Pierre came to our hostel one night with no prior planning. Had travelled through Europe with the idea that if he had always had everything planned for him, now was as good as a time as any to see what it would be like without a plan. Some of his nights have ended up with sleeping in 24h McDonalds to name but an example. But on the path of building up his resilience to stress and a life unplanned, his adaptation skills have only made him stronger and more aware of what he can become and what he probably had in him all along. He was creating himself. For some it can take years to discover this – and for others, who voluntarily put themselves in these positions with travelling for instance – the confrontation with yourself and the realisation that you are alone and have nothing to own to but to yourself – is a great gift to learn. To you but also for those around you.