Posted by Adam Ward on

I once heard that “a mind expanded by a new experience can never go back to its previous dimensions.” I thought that was cool, but I didn’t really get it.  Sure, it makes sense, learn new things and your mind grows, but it’s so much more than that. It’s about new experiences, doing things that are different, even just seeing something different.  Most people live their life within a 5-mile radius of their home or work.  This only makes sense, if where you live is anything like where I live, then everything you need is probably within one of those two areas.

I remember the first time I really noticed this in my own life. I went to Cancun and went into town one day.  It was fun being at the resort and the beach and the ocean, but I was in another country and wanted to feel like it. I was going with my girlfriend, and as we were parking the car, a man started helping us back in and make sure that we did not hit the unreasonably large curb.  After we got out, he asked us (he asked her, I don’t speak Spanish) if we would like to have him wash the windows of the car? It was a rental and they were clean, to begin with, so I didn’t think we were going to, but my girlfriend says yes, and then asked me for some of the pesos that I had. I pulled out some of the coins and we gave him about 2 dollars’ worth.

As we were walking away she (who was from Mexico) began to explain it to me, that because he was older he could probably not get any work as a laborer anymore. I was confused so I learned that for many workers in Mexico they wake up and “find work” for the day.  It might be in a field or a construction project or a factory. Often times there is not enough work for everyone, so the older men, generally have to find something else. She told me that he is out helping people park and washing windows to put food on the table for his family.

I didn’t realize it then, but this would go on to shape much of the way that I feel about my own work ethic and how I would then begin to respect the hustle in people. Here was a guy who did not let not being able to find work stop him from finding a way to put food on the table for his family.

If I would not have traveled I would never meet that man, nor would I have the perspective that I do today. That being said there is something to be said to just going and relaxing and having fun.  Those are important too, it’s not always about work. I find myself and most of the people that I know work harder when they have a goal that they are working towards.  Planning a vacation can be the thing that gets you going at the beginning of the month, or if you are able to crush your goals then you can reward yourself with something fun.

When you travel don’t do it with the purpose of gaining a larger perspective, do it with the goal of having fun, seeing something new, and bonding with either yourself or with the people or person that you are going with. The life lessons and the mental state change will happen as a natural thing in time

If you need a little bit of extra motivation, check out the motivational wall art that we have about travel.

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