Going through pictures the other day made me stop and think about the incredible experiences I have had and how lucky I am to have been able to have them. At this point in my life, traveling seems like second nature. I think I have been taking it for granted that I am able to see the world and start to understand how people live. I don´t remember a time before I understood something about how things were different in other parts of the world and that I understood that I was a small part of something bigger.
The more I travel though and meet people, I realize how unusual the experiences I have had are. While I may not have lived places for years at a time, I have lived in seven different countries: USA, Czech Republic, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Vietnam and India. I have visited 24. There are times that it just hits me how incredible that is. I don’t know what I am necessarily looking to get out of each of these experiences, whether I am looking for the place I want to stay forever or whether I am just trying to get a better handle on what the world is, but I do know that each of these has taught me something. I won’t deny that these have all been hard and that in the moment there were times I definitely wanted to retreat to something familiar, but I am incredibly glad that I have done what I have done. I have no idea where I will go from here or where life will take me, but I know that I don’t regret the time I spent getting to know the world. I am only 22 years old: hopefully life will continue to take me to places I can’t even yet imagine.