This is a picture of me taken during the two months I bummed around Europe as a college student. I had just completed a studies abroad program in London and had assumed I would be heading home after the program ended. Instead, I got an unexpected invitation to travel around Europe for two months with a classmate. I was dangerously low on funds, I had no backpack, and I was still a fairly unseasoned traveler, yet I jumped at the chance, much to my parents’ consternation.
We stored our big suitcases at a friend’s house, and I packed everything I’d need for eight weeks on the road into these two small tote bags. I look utterly ridiculous in this photo, and this was neither a comfortable nor an efficient way to travel, but it worked. It got me around. And those two months turned out to be life-changing, partly because few things went as planned. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.
There are times when we need to be prepared, when we need to plan, and save, and project. And times when we just need to take a leap of faith. Are you holding back on a new project or business venture because you think you lack the proper tools? Are you worried because your coffers are low? Are you afraid you might look ridiculous? If so, take a deep breath and ask yourself this, “Does it feel right?” If the answer is yes, then do it. If the universe is telling you to jump, then jump.
Sometimes the only way to grow is to get out of your head and into your heart.