Success, happiness, joy, words that throughout our lives are portrayed by images of big houses, fancy cars, and most importantly, money. But is that really all its cracked up to be? Since I was young the image of success has always been, the bigger, the better, but why? This idea of happiness couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes as humans we have basic needs, such as food and shelter, but do we really need any more than that? So many people search for the comforts of life; that big couch, huge tv, and a car with heated seats, but they forget how to truly live. Getting out there, experiencing the world, and most importantly leaving your comfort zone behind is how we are meant to exist, not sedentary lifestyles in which we simply exist, and nothing more. Life isn’t about compromising your childhood dreams to accept a ‘safe’ future, its about living everyday the way YOU want to and not accepting what is ‘normal’. We have become accustomed to the idea that you must wait for opportunities to present themselves to you when in reality opportunities are all around us, you just have to take that leap and go for them! When you look back on your life in twenty years, you won’t remember that night you watched tv and surfed the web for no reason, you’ll remember all those times you took a step out of your comfort zone and did something different and incredible, you’ll remember all the people you’ve met and all of the experiences you’ve had. So just remember that success isn’t always defined by money and houses, it’s defined by all the experiences you’ve had in your life and the priceless memories you’ve made along the way.
Sorry for the countdown of me deleting my Facebook. I should probably just do it and not really tell anyone but that doesn’t seem fair! A lot of people have been asking me why I’m deleting it or asking me not to. For me, Facebook is a distraction. It allows me to focus on people who I haven’t seen in YEARS and I scroll through pictures and pictures of people I will never talk to ever again. Yes, the “stalking” was a thing of mine. But I would spend hours a week just scrolling. It’s such a waste of time. I totally get that it’s a way to stay connected with people. I love all my friends that I haven’t seen in a while and Facebook was a good way to be able to see what they’re doing but I want things to be more personal! So, email me your pictures of your fantastic trip to Thailand, or your new video of your new puppy or whatever. Tell me all about it by calling me or skyping me! I want connections back in my life as ridiculously cheesy as that sounds. Interestingly, I saw someone post this on Facebook this morning and it feels like a great ending to this post.
So, if you want my email it’s firstname.lastname@example.org and there, you can ask me for me phone number or Skype!
If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet”
So here we are. Finally creating a blog to follow us on our journey of journeys. Too bad we didn’t make this for Ireland this past spring break.
For those of you who don’t know, we’re going to Seychelles in January. Seychelles is a not-so-well known island north of Madagascar. If you have never seen pictures, I’m telling you right now GOOGLE IT. It is the most gorgeous place I have ever seen, and I’m saying that just by seeing pictures online. I’m sure I will be saying that and much more when we actually experience it first hand. We will be going for 2 months as part of an internship that is all about wildlife conservation. Specifically, we will be doing a lot of research of the islands flora and fauna including the sea turtles, tortoises, the famous coco de mer, and get this: WHALE SHARKS. We will be snorkeling pretty much everyday, making notes and observations of everything that we see and taking that and doing actual research based on those observations! It is really a dream come true for both of us. We’ll be keeping you updated through our entire journey, not only to Seychelles but wherever the wind takes us, which will be anywhere and everywhere.
I have also decided to delete my Facebook. Brody deleted his a long time ago and it’s time I follow. This blog will be the only way of seeing what we’re doing. Either that or you can still text or email us 😉
Wish us luck!
– Brody and Carolyn
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness” – Mark Twain