I know that people think of traveling as a kind of frivolous and somewhat irresponsible route to take. Isn't it usually the mark of a teenager transforming into an adult, to prepare oneself for the "real world"? Shouldn't an adult have their shit together by this point, and be pounding the pavement everyday, working on their careers and getting a mortgage for their house?  I think my friend Chris said it best when it comes to why people should travel.

When traveling, you get to be exactly the person you want to be.

For me, something happens to my mind when I travel, as if the whole process of adventure sharpens my mind like a knife on a block. Any previous fears or insecurities about myself grow obsolete and I immediately feel stronger. I begin to crave knowledge and the only way to slake it's thirst is by delving in completely until my curiosity is piqued. (That is before the next question arises.)  Situations that would have broken me before are now merely obstacles. The word, "Afraid" becomes less and less used in my vocabulary and slowly I feel as if I am waking up from a haze and my vision is getting clearer.

I'm not exactly sure of the person I want to be. I'm not sure if anyone really does, but I feel like traveling puts me on the right path. For now, I will make do with what little resources I've got and make the most of it to grow my mind, body and soul. I've got the rest of my life to sit in a glass cage and look out.