I’m currently writing this post from a café in the Old City of Jerusalem. All around me I can hear life–the Old City is like a whole other world. There is a quarter for Christians, Muslims, Armenians, and Jews. There are houses, markets, people, and a ton of history. Yesterday, I saw the tomb of King David, which is on the Mount of Zion in the Old City.
I still have one more trip this year; I’m training at a company in Panama City, Panama. This year I’ve spoken in San Jose, Las Vegas, Maui, Madrid, Marrakech, Cairo, and Tel Aviv. That’s where I’ve spoken; along the way to these places, I’ve added passport stamps from France, Amsterdam and Palestine. I’ve also visited a lot of cities in these countries. It’s been a lot of travel.
I have learned so much traveling the world. Yesterday, I was at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum. I walked out of there a changed person, and that’s just one example. Travel has taught me some invaluable life lessons that I hope can help you on your dream-chasing journey. Here are six. If you want to know how I got to travel to these places (the how-to), go back and check out Tuesday’s post.
Life is Precious
I left Paris 20 hours before the attack. Since I’ve been here in Israel, several Israeli’s have died from the stabbings that are happening here right now. I learned how precious life is when I lost my father and grandfather, but what’s happened in the last month in these countries has been eye opening. None of us knows when our life will end. Each day, each moment is precious and should be lived that way.
You Grow in Times of Discomfort
There have been a bunch of times in Amman (Jordan), Cairo, and Tel Aviv when I was in an airport and didn’t understand the language. They were making announcements (one of them included a gate change) where I had no clue what was going on—it’s very uncomfortable. In those times, I learned something about myself and grew as a person. I learned that even though I don’t always know or have control, I can do something about my situation. (more…)