I like to consider myself rather brave. I like to travel to places some people wouldn’t dream of… but am I brave? – Not really. This is not a story about me, but about a girl that was brave. The story of the traveling girl.
On my journey through Central America I got the opportunity to meet so many people from all over the world. I have made friends with people that I will probably talk to forever. They were all the kindest people I have ever met. We might have all come from different backgrounds and different languages and different parts of this vast planet we call home- but are we really that different-no not really.
The girl who’s name I can not remember was one of these people. Brave, much more than me. She carried only a backpack and traveled alone. She grew up in California and against her families wishes she flew to Mexico City. She backpacked down through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and kept going down south. Alone.
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Some may call her brave…some may call her crazy, all of 19 years old she might of been a little bit of both, but that didn’t stop her. No one stopped her. She just kept traveling like the dozens of people before her. Many Europeans travel that path, fearless and determined. America, though our boarders meet we live in fear doing what the traveling girl did. The nameless girl. But why?
I feel like there are a few people like me that live in America, but not many, and especially not many like the traveling girl. We are constantly told how we are the greatest nation in the world. We are distilled with values that mark all other countries unsafe… Which is a lie. I feel the majority of us are told and raised to believe we need nothing more… Than America.
But that is far from true. The only thing that is unsafe is my sanity for the people that fear this world is so dangerous. They never live, they never travel and they never explore. We should look past what is constantly put in front of us everyday of our lives and look at the big picture and be brave. Be that traveling girl in different moderations. Don’t let fear keep you in these walls our country puts around us. She traveled a path deemed to be incredibly unsafe. She got to see corners of the world some of us dream about.
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Something we should include in our everyday life needs to be just that. You don’t have to travel, but don’t live in fear.
“Don’t be imprisoned within yourself because of the fear that holds you back from things. Go out and view every corner of this planet we call home.”
-Big Blue Planet
So to the traveling girl, you did what everyone told you not to do. You didn’t live in fear. You didn’t live in a prison inside yourself, instead you broke free from it. You were smart, you did things right.
She was many things but most importantly…
She was brave.
-To the traveling girl-
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