Travel: The Fire That Burns Within My Soul
Who I am as well as prospective travel plans and itineraries in the future.
Traveling is more than just a way to get around. For some people, it’s a way of life. It’s a constant state of being. Some people are completely fine with staying in one spot for most of their lives and very rarely taking a gander outside of their own front door, and some people have a burning need to see all that they can see. I fall into the latter.
My close relatives will tell you that I was and continue to always be moving. I’m always off to new places. Seeing new things intrigues me. My family will also tell you that my sense of curiousity has always been a rather intense one (sometimes bordering on obsessive. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s hard to sate the curiousity within me that tends to boil up and take over every part of my being. \
For as long as I have been able to remember, I have been traveling in one form or another. Whether it was traveling down the street on a walk during warm spring weather, or to the other end of the province I grew up in to visit family, I’ve always been out and about, curious about what’s around me. Recently I’ve added Chicago, New York, and every Canadian province except Newfoundland to that list. At the time of posting this blog post, I am planning to ass Japan to that list. This will be my first intercontinental trip. I’m really excited.
The urge to travel within me is insatiable, as previously mentioned. It’s an all-consuming fire that envelops every part of who I am. It is simply my reason for being. If I go too long without going somewhere new or traveling in some form, I start to manifest actual physical symptoms such as itching or ants in my pants. I can’t really explain why or how, but it is what it is. I only know of one way to deal with this problem. Get out there and explore.
On top of all this, there’s also the issue of me not conforming to societal gender standards. I stand out like a sore thumb and most people notice this. I have sex characteristics of someone born with plumbing on the inside, but my skeleton was nurtured by testosterone for the first part of my life. This brings a whole new dynamic to my prospective travels in the future. There are some countries, that because of the life path I’ve walked for myself, that I will never be allowed in. because of these choices, I will never feel comfortable in. There are some countries that I will never actually be safe in. This is a daunting prospect for me to think about. This is a fairly limiting prospect for someone who wants to see every corner of the world.
It simply comes down to the thought that in some countries, I am literally not socially acceptable, and I most likely never will be. This can be a daunting thought for anyone, let alone someone who is just starting out, but there’s still lots of the world out there to see.
I don’t think I’m going to let this stop me. The fire for travel burns too brightly. I need to see all of the things.