I often wonder of your experiences with support. Do the people that surround you in your personal life “get it?” Do they understand what you’re working towards? Do they understand your level of commitment, the hours of research, and the deadlines? Do they get that you’re translating your curiosity into tangible content that’s shared with others?
What perception do the people in your personal life have of your passion?
During a bit of a heated discussion, someone close asked me matter of factly if I felt five years was enough time for me to get over my travel bug. Apparently, the reason I want to travel is because I’m under the illusion that the “grass is greener on the other side.”
Is it a bug or is it passion? Do I want to leave or do I want to explore? It’s all perception.
Another statement comes to mind. It was asked if my motivation to travel came from the desire to run away from something. Instantly I stated, “No, I’m moving toward something, not running away from something.”
I have been gaining momentum. I write pieces for my travel blog and pitch freelance articles. I’m getting to know more people within the industry and was invited on my first press trip. Due to scheduling conflicts I had to decline the trip, but I was bubbling over with excitement at the prospect. I shared my news with this same person and received another one word deadpan answer, “scary.”
Scary? What an incredible opportunity to see a new country and meet others within the industry. As I gain momentum, I think they’re worried that I’ll be gone all the time, if not vanish forever. Does there need to be some sort of support group for family & friends of travelers and writers?
Later that same day I was scanning Twitter and came across a tweet from BootsnAll Travel (@BootsnAll):
“I imagine my life as a permanent traveler, and never see an end to my adventures via @erin_marie_ “
That statement really struck a chord with me. Once passion is ignited, it needs to be nurtured not bound.
I then replied:
“Someone close 2 me asked if 5 yrs is enough time 2 get rid of my travel bug…uh, this is passion, not a bug!”
Then others retweeted, favorited, & chimed in:
Alouise (@Alouise_D) “If travel is a “sickness” I never want to be cured.”
Erin Marie (@_erin_marie_) “haha, definitely not a bug! It’s funny what others think, isn’t it?”
T.W. Anderson (@MarginalBounds) “Amen to that 🙂 I don’t EVER want to be cured!”
Isn’t passion a barometer of sorts? In the compass of life, isn’t there something to be said about following your heart. I mean…what gets you up in the morning?
So writers and travelers I ask you, do you feel that people’s perception of your passion is supportive or dampening?