Today is Wednesday, April 7, 2010 and I am officially one month into my travels.

Today marks the longest I have ever been away from America.

And, it feels absolutely AMAZING.

There was a time in my life when no one would have ever imagined my leaving the comfort of my home, my life, and just galavant around the world.

The first time I went backpacking, people I knew — my “friends” — secretly discussed among themselves how they thought I would never last traveling. They decided I would throw in the towel, come home and go back to life without ever looking back. They didn’t think I had it in me.

They were wrong.

One month and one day ago, I had an air of excitement hanging over me, an electricity pulsing through my veins that was indescribable. But, I was also scared about what my future would hold.

One month ago, when I tearfully hugged my parents goodbye at Dulles and kept my eyes locked on theirs as I went down to security on the escalator, it was hard to imagine living anything other than the life I lived.

But, one month ago, I also took the first step to alter the rest of my life. To look the world in it’s eyes and say “My name is D. I want more from this life and I am going to do everything I can to make my reality exactly what I want.”

Looking back on the last month of my life leaves me with such a feeling of satisfaction … of pure bliss. I have experienced things I never thought possible. I have met people who are now important people in my life. I have been a part of change in other people’s lives. I have tried new things (Toad in a Hole, anyone?).

But, most importantly, the past month of my life, I have LIVED. With passion. With love. With pure happiness. I cannot even fathom Month Two and the world of possibilities it possesses.

Cheers. Slainte. Salud.

34 comments

  1. Girlfriend, isn’t it fantastic?

    I’ve had that happen in the past, where prior to leaving on a big trip, I’ve felt apprehensive. What if I don’t like it? What if I run out of money? What if I can’t get by in the language? Etc. etc. etc. And then, every time, once I’m there I couldn’t be happier that I had gone.

    It’s a rush. A feeling of elation. A certain euphoria from new experiences, new people, new ideas, new ways of life. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

    You go, girl!!!!!!

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    1. It is the MOST fantastic experience of my entire life. And I love that it is months and months of little experiences all put together to make it the absolute most amazing experience ever. Can’t want to meet up with ya … Turkey??

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    2. Ash, it is the MOST fantastic experience of my entire life. And I love that it is months and months of little experiences all put together to make it the absolute most amazing experience ever. Can’t want to meet up with ya … Turkey??

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  2. Girlfriend, isn’t it fantastic?

    I’ve had that happen in the past, where prior to leaving on a big trip, I’ve felt apprehensive. What if I don’t like it? What if I run out of money? What if I can’t get by in the language? Etc. etc. etc. And then, every time, once I’m there I couldn’t be happier that I had gone.

    It’s a rush. A feeling of elation. A certain euphoria from new experiences, new people, new ideas, new ways of life. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

    You go, girl!!!!!!

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    1. It is the MOST fantastic experience of my entire life. And I love that it is months and months of little experiences all put together to make it the absolute most amazing experience ever. Can’t want to meet up with ya … Turkey??

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    2. Ash, it is the MOST fantastic experience of my entire life. And I love that it is months and months of little experiences all put together to make it the absolute most amazing experience ever. Can’t want to meet up with ya … Turkey??

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  3. Congrats, D! We sure do miss you, but I always thought you had it in you. 😉 Keep blogging so we can follow along and live a little with you. Proud of you! One month mark is huge!!

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  4. Congrats, D! We sure do miss you, but I always thought you had it in you. 😉 Keep blogging so we can follow along and live a little with you. Proud of you! One month mark is huge!!

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  5. You never had toad in the hole!?? OMG, one of my favorite breakfasts. I tried it with egg beaters recently, not too bad..

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  6. You never had toad in the hole!?? OMG, one of my favorite breakfasts. I tried it with egg beaters recently, not too bad..

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  7. Love love LOVE! Oh, D! You are just so inspirational to me right now! I love you making your reality exactly what you want. Congratulations!! Let the travels continue…

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  8. Love love LOVE! Oh, D! You are just so inspirational to me right now! I love you making your reality exactly what you want. Congratulations!! Let the travels continue…

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  9. They say travel broads the mind, but it does SO much more.

    Im sure people will get no end of pleasure from meeting you, afterall who are you to deprive them!

    Something to ponder on your journey:
    “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.”

    Have fun and let us know all about it 😉

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  10. They say travel broads the mind, but it does SO much more.

    Im sure people will get no end of pleasure from meeting you, afterall who are you to deprive them!

    Something to ponder on your journey:
    “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.”

    Have fun and let us know all about it 😉

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    1. Thanks for the note! I am glad you are enjoying the stories … it gets better every day! I am in LOVE with this experience and cannot possibly imagine NOT doing this. Stay tuned … 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the note! I am glad you are enjoying the stories … it gets better every day! I am in LOVE with this experience and cannot possibly imagine NOT doing this. Stay tuned … 🙂

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