Is Fear Keeping You From Traveling?

On the subject of failure Chilean-French filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky once said, “between doing and not doing you always have to do.”

Taken at the Château Grimaldi, Monte Carlo.

Taken at the Château Grimaldi, Monte Carlo.

Failure is part of life.  We can try to escape it but will be unsuccessful.  At some point in our lives we fail.  I’ve failed many times and even then I am not immune to it.  I think about potentially failing or making a mistake, especially when I’m about to make a radical lifestyle change such as relocating to another country with a different culture and lifestyle.  There are people with the belief that relocating from Canada to a South American country is a ridiculous idea and I must admit that at times I find myself thinking along the same lines, but then I come to my senses (others would say to my insanity).  So what if I fail? I come back and start all over again but at least I’ll have the experience and I won’t live my life regretting never giving it a try.  I’m at the point in my life where I don’t want to give up on my goals and I want to confront my fear of failure and of making wrong decisions.  We cannot allow our fear of failure to stop us from trying new things and to keep us from taking a leap of faith.  If we do, we will never follow through our goals and dreams.  I’m certain that fear is a disease, an imperfection of the human soul and that’s why we should not make a decision out of fear.  I cannot let fear be the reason to stay where I currently live, when the deepest part of me is telling me that this is not where I belong.

Don’t let fear keep you from traveling and from experiencing the rich and vast cultures out there or even discovering new ones. Christopher Columbus is a great example. His fears were the fear of the unknown and of falling off the earth because back then they thought they earth was flat. On the subject of courage he said:

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

Allow yourself to be wrong. Only then will you be able to know what you want, what you need, and what you are capable of.

Statue of Christopher Columbus - Barcelona, Spain

Christopher Columbus – Barcelona, Spain

 

Mediterranean Sea - I Will Travel Blog (http://iwilltravelblog.com)

Mediterranean Sea

 Is fear keeping you from traveling?

11 Responses to Is Fear Keeping You From Traveling?

  1. I agree with you whole heartedly, Will! It takes courage to pursue our dreams…it takes courage to move half way around the world, especially when those around you aren’t really supportive of your move because they don’t really understand the call to go immerse yourself in another way of life. I hope your move goes smoothly and your new experiences expand your horizons in the best possible ways. I’ve moved around the world many times and I’ve never regretted it. Courage is the willingness to be wrong in the pursuit of what’s right….what’s right for you!

    Michele Eisenberg May 9, 2013 at 11:01 PM Reply
    • Thank you for encouragement Michele. Knowing that other people share my views motivates me to move forward with courage. Cheers!

      I Will Travel May 9, 2013 at 11:29 PM Reply
  2. I completely agree. Everyone might think you are crazy to travel, but you just have to go do it for yourself.

    Suzy May 13, 2013 at 2:17 AM Reply
  3. Thankfully fear is not holding me back :)

  4. Good post man, some good advice. I actually wrote a post on the fear of quitting a job to travel the world, hopefully it relevant for you readers too: http://nomadicalsabbatical.com/quitting-a-job-long-term-travel/

    Peter Shaw - Long Term Travel July 14, 2013 at 11:18 AM Reply
    • Thanks Peter. I appreciate your comment. I’ve actually come across your blog in the past and really dig it. Thanks for sharing your post with me and my readers. Definitely relevant. Cheers!

      Will Castillo July 15, 2013 at 12:01 AM Reply
  5. Well said, Will! I think you are completely sane for following your heart. What’s crazy is living a bored life, trapped in your surroundings, afraid to take a chance at truly living. Your blog is looking great, by the way! :-D

    Cristina Luisa September 27, 2013 at 9:39 AM Reply
    • Thank you for the motivation and compliment Cristina! I wish more people saw things this way. Saludos!

      Will Castillo September 27, 2013 at 6:40 PM Reply
      • You are very welcome! Yes, but if everyone saw things this way, I don’t think the life we lead would feel as spectacular as it is. It’s wonderful to not take our “craziness” for granted. :-)

        Cristina Luisa October 9, 2013 at 7:17 AM

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