I used to travel a lot. Arriving in a new country with nothing more than a back pack and a recommendation of a place to stay, I experienced a massive range of emotions and learnt so much about trust and the art of letting go. (On returning from a long trip I was described as being so chilled out I was almost horizontal.) Travel helped me to understand that there are people out there with different value systems to me, people out there with alternative approaches to life. It sparked the realisation that I could take inspiration from all the people I met and all the things I experienced, to shape who I wanted to be in the world.
There is talk out there that I am part of the ‘Odyssey generation’. It’s the generation between adolescence and adulthood where we ‘explore, dream, discover’. I’ve done this through travel, courses, employment, relationships, finding new ‘homes’ pushing physical boundaries and volunteering. The path isn’t easy, and sometimes road blocks have stopped me in my tracks. But I know that this exploration and dreaming has been, and to a large extent still is, crucial in helping me to discover my element.