Sunday, November 9, 2014

30 Days of Gratitude: A Collection of Travel Guides (Day 9)

When I graduated from college, I had the ambition to see the world. Travel. Find a job in a state far away from my own (I can almost hear life laughing at me right now because it didn't happen). But hey, things change, and I am so happy with where I am in life right now. I know that just because it didn't happen at the time (and in a world with too much instant gratification, I'm glad it didn't), it doesn't mean I won't ever get to have those experiences.
A Collection of Travel Guides (Day 9)
People who know me well enough know that I collect copies of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. It is, however, a lesser-known fact that I also collect travel guides. Nevermind that I haven't actually been to these places: I will get there someday.
I am grateful for my slowly but surely growing collection of travel guides. Whether it be one on the good ol' USA, or Ireland, or France, I know that they motivate me to plan for my future goals (something I am not good at - I am very much "live in the moment"). 
I am grateful that these travel guides give me dreams and wishes to go to faraway lands in places I've only read about in books. Even though these travel guides will probably be outdated by the time I actually visit said countries, I still go through them, highlighting and annotating interesting landmarks.
In conclusion, I am grateful for my collection because it grounds me in my everyday life. It teaches me that it is okay to have both roots and wings, especially because there was a time when I only wanted the wings.
Take the time to dream about the places you one day hope to see.

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