Being a writer for a travel blog can be quite tricky. Everyone thinks you’re really strong or brave or very fit. It’s a tough battle to keep it real. Even tougher — to not submit to what works. Though, for a reader browsing through a post — in a couple of seconds — pictures speak more than 1000 words. And, pictures may not always capture fear, frustration, fights, or the exhaustion of a trip. They may fool you into believing in the existence of wonderland and you might lose the gist of the journey itself. Depending on what you choose to see or skip; a post, on a trip, can make a traveller larger than life. Strangely, when you travel in real-time, you come to realise, how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things.
As landscapes unfold, people warm up, language fades away, elements take over, trails get forged, and gems of the past reveal themselves — you realise it’s perfectly okay to be scared. That’s what makes your stories interesting and relatable. Resilience isn’t about faking strength in the wake of fear. It’s holding your own, when you skip a beat or lose your breath and want to crumble to your knees. Or wish you hadn’t thought of being here or think this might just be the end of the road. That’s when you refuse to budge. You refuse to give in. Resilience is staying put and facing your fear — no matter where or when it strikes. Knowing that you will repeat it all over again, not because you’ve grown stronger, because you know you’ll find a way to get through.
Here are my top 5 fears. And each one of them stops me from exploring or seeing new places or meeting new people. I wish I could say it gets better with time or age or more travel. But, we’re in the New Year, and we want to be honest. It doesn’t get easier and there is no cure for who you are. You live with it, fight it, and hope that you meet the right partner to beat it!