By Dominick Jean
It sounds so simple to travel, to cross the globe, to tramp across new lands and meet total strangers. But I don't think it really hit me until I woke up early this last week for a run. The sun was just peeking out over the Adelaide sky. The sun yawned above the sleeping city, half a world from my true home.
It was me and a few of those dreadful "morning people" out on the streets. I knew no one, didn't really know where I was going and... I couldn't care less.
I was content and untroubled. It's not that I didn't and don't have concerns or plans while I'm here in Australia, but I've already done the crazy thing. I'm already here.
In stepping foot in Australia, I placed myself beyond worry into my very own adventure. Putting aside jokes about Australia remote location and how almost everything here can kill you, it felt very much like I had stepped off the edge of the world. I seemed to have entered that mysterious territory that ancient maps only labelled with "Here there be monsters."
But what do you find when you step off the edge of the map? Wonder. Just imagine the experience of the explorers Marco Polo, Amerigo Vespucci or Vasco da Gama when they sailed into lands and realms where no European had yet been.
And while travel is certainly simpler now, that sense of wonder is so vital. Every day is a wonder, with the possibility of tantalizing new sights and people. So I'm not going to worry. I'm going to trust that Divine Providence which has brought me this far to take me a little further.
In the mean time, all I can do is live. Live fully, sing loudly, travel far and fill every second with the wonder of a child. Being content and untroubled doesn't mean being complacent.
I'm content. I'm happy with myself and who I am right now as I travel. I'm alone, but never lonely. How could I be when I have the whole wide world to fall in love with? I'm untroubled because I've left my burdens and responsibilities behind in the states.
I'm here to see beautiful churches, have adventures, taste sweet wine and love life with a fierce desire.
“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury
P.S.- I will also be travelling to New Zealand soon, so be prepared for nerdy moments about the places where they filmed Lord of the Rings.