As a child, I was always fascinated by the night sky. Looking up at the moon and the stars I took comfort knowing every other person on earth was looking up at the same sky. It made me feel connected to places I’d never been before and gave me a sense of endless possibility. As a child looking up at that night sky I knew the world had so much to offer.
Writing this today, I’m about to embark on a year long adventure halfway around the world. I know I have to do this. I know I will always regret it if I don’t. I think travel is something people always toss around as ‘ideas’ and ‘dreams’. Not many people actually take the plunge and make those dreams a reality.
While planning this trip I noticed a lot of people saying “I wish I could have done that when I was your age”. I refuse to be one of those people; filled with regrets. That’s why I’m choosing to leave my family, my friends, my job and my beautiful city. I’m going to chase a dream that I’ve had since I was a child. I’ve realized that there will never be a ‘right time’, and if I keep waiting for that perfect time, I may just wait my life away.
As I pack the last few boxes in my North End apartment I’d like to say goodbye to the Number 7 bus I took to work, the sweet smell of Smiths Bakery on a Saturday morning, and to the many Haligonians who’ve come in and out of my life. This is bitter sweet for me, but its for the best. I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store.
To those of you reading, here’s my advice. Take life by the reigns and do something you’ve always dreamed of. This is your only chance, don’t waste it.