Reading quotes has helped me get out of a slump in life and motivated me to face life head on. We can read hundreds of quotes in a day but I think it’s better to pick one or two and ponder over what the quote really means to you.
“I read; I travel; I become” – Derek Walcott
These past few years, I’ve engross myself in self help books. From my first book ‘Secrets of a Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker’ to one of my favorite up to date ‘Compound Effect by Darren Hardy‘, I’ve found something in myself that I otherwise wouldn’t have.
(I put a link to the book compound effect because I truly believe if you want to start changing the direction of your life, this book can tremendously help. It’s a book I’ve read a couple times myself!)
I’ve learned that to have the life I want, I would have to change the way I think, the way I act, and the habits that are currently pulling me to one direction. I’ve learned that my past doesn’t have to be the same as my future. I just have to do something about it starting now.
I truly believe reading is an excellent place to start if you want to change your life. Now understand that reading won’t change your life over night but it can change your direction.
Reading books and online articles can only do so much. You have to go out there and experience life for yourself. It’s a completely different feeling from reading about the white clear crystal waters to actually swimming in it. Each time I travel to somewhere new, I learn something about myself I otherwise wouldn’t have just from reading.
Coming back home from Mexico the first time at age 18, I found a new love of relaxing at the beach! The hot tropical weather with a Mojito nearby is as peaceful as it gets for me. After this trip, my decision to go anywhere to rejuvenate my energy was that it had to be by a nice beautiful beach. As I kept going, I noticed that 3 days at the beach was enough time until I needed to get up and move around, explore.
My more recent trip to Vietnam, I’ve learned that my home country isn’t as bad as I made it out to be. To be honest, I wanted out of my home country. I was scheming and plotting of how I would be able to leave the country for good because I didn’t see what it was offering me.
However, being in Vietnam, I realized all the things I was taking for granted. The big roads, the winter months, and even the less crowded airports, all of these things I took for granted. My plan has changed to half a year somewhere around the world and the other half back home. I now have to change myself to become this type of person. I wouldn’t have come to this decision if I had never traveled to Vietnam. And this plan may change the more I travel.