Life is not meant to be lived in one place

Brooke Saward 2
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To state the obvious, you only get one life. Cats are said to have nine… lucky them. But if you do it right, you only need one!

I have always feared fear, for to fall into fear would be to not live a fulfilling, challenging limit-breaking life. And what fun would life be without limits in place for the purpose of being broken? As humans we instinctually search for more. That could be more money, more success, more freedom, more options, or justΒ moreΒ for our lives. It could be said that this search for more comes from an inherent food chain in the game of life. There will always be someone with more than you, someone doing more than you, so instinctually you want more for yourself. I hate to fall into the trap of comparison as much as the next person, but comparison allows us to push harder, reach further, and create more for ourselves. What’s so bad about that?

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Last year I went on a yearlong solo adventure around the world. Right now, I’m back where I started that year of adventures in London, England, pondering what the last year has given me. I was too restless to settle down in a new city or town, so I pro-longed my adventures and knew that one day, that would be a new chapter (or in my case a new book).

I learned first hand that life is not meant to be lived in one place.

Prior to taking up travelling full time – seeing new places, meeting new faces, and challenging myself daily with new scenery, smells, languages and cultures – I had never really allowed myself to grow into the woman I could be. I had boxed myself into a small town mentality, believing that this was the life set out for me, so this is the life I would live.

But the truth is you can be anything and anyone, much less do ANYTHING you can dream of. If you have the dream, the ambition and the perseverance, you can truly make just about anything happen.

From living in different cities – some for two nights, some for two weeks, some for two months – I learned to broaden my horizons, widen my eyes, and mindlessly let change happen without forcing it. I learned new languages, cultural dances, chants, and all kind of things that will never come in useful unless at a bazaar trivia night where I’m almost certain I’d walk away with first prize. But I also learnt relevant things through travel – I learned the history first hand, and I needn’t explain howΒ standing at the Berlin wall gives you a much deeper appreciation for the crimes against humanity than a textbook ever could throughout my education. I learned to be patient in a way that could have never been installed into me through the discipline of my mother – the kind of patience where your face doesn’t even give way to a raised eyebrow when someone pushes in front of you in a line… because in the back of your mind you calmly remember that you don’t necessarily have anywhere to be or anyone to see anyway. I learned to understand different cultures, religions, and mannerisms. Despite being a Christian, I grew an appreciation and understanding for other religions by visiting countless mosques, cathedrals and synagogues. Thus, I learned tolerance.

One could write for days on end about the ways in which travel enriches you, opens your mind and your heart. But the biggest lesson I think I learned was that from having this experience and from living this incredible journey, I am left with an obligation to pass on this knowledge that life is not meant to be lived in one place.

So go on, live the adventure.

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    February 3, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Thank you for this Post! You are really inpirering to me and just by reading it I want to pack my bags again. I see travel similar to you.. love how we can get richer and richer while travelling.. Just found your blog, looks really beautiful! Gonna keep on reading.. Thx

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    November 26, 2015 at 3:48 am

    Wow ! wonderful blog post and looking so nice and very stunning it’s also helpful information all of us so thanks a lot for sharing this.

    Fabiana Aguilar
    October 19, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Really inspiring words! I only can say Thank you, the World needs more of it.
    I’ve been travelling my whole life and a few months ago I finally started my blog and with people like you, you get the force to follow your dreams…. so thanks again πŸ™‚

    Danielle Graves
    October 9, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Your blog and passion has been inspiring me along my entire trek around Europe. You make the impossible seem possible and I’m so happy that stumbled across your blog 6 months ago. I’m now an expat in Ireland building my blog and planning my next adventures based on your guides. Thank You Brooke!

    Kelly Villers
    October 8, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Thank you for this. It’s filled my heart with just the inspiration I need right now. <3

    October 8, 2015 at 1:34 am

    I couldn’t agree more πŸ™‚ You’re such an inspiration! I saw in you IG that you’re in Portugal! Are you enjoying your trip? Are you going to the North in the next days? If so, you should definitely see this post about Porto so you don’t miss a thing πŸ™‚
    Enjoy all the portuguese beauty!!

    Xoxo, Carla.

    October 7, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    So true are the words you say! We’re all fearing fear and yet we have to remember that those fears are often delusional, they’re not real. So once you step aside and look at the situation differently, it seems much more doable and doesn’t resemble the end of the world as much anymore… But it’s an every day challenge!

    Backpack Babe
    October 6, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Brooke you are SO right!! So spot on – there’s too much to see, explore and discover in the world πŸ™‚ xx

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    October 6, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I always love your inspirational posts. I’ve lived in pretty much one place my whole life, if only separated by an hour or so. And I just feel so stuck! I feel like MY life, anyway, is definitely in line with your assessment here. I know people that think I’m crazy for wanting to leave family. But when you know, I think you know. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Zoe Black
    October 6, 2015 at 11:08 am

    I’ve lived all over the U.S. and I can honestly say, life isn’t meant to be lived in one place. America is much like a melting pot. We have people living her from all over the world. I’ve met such amazing people with different cultures, speaking different languages, and having different outlooks on life. I can’t wait to venture out of America and travel the world!


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    October 6, 2015 at 1:31 am

    I totally agree! As long as I can I would like to travel the world and be out of my comfort zone. Travelling is more than just see many different places πŸ™‚

    October 5, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    This was such an inspirational post!

    It both made me wanna pack my bags and go and made me mad at myself for not having already been on the go!



    October 5, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I agree! I don’t have the funds t travel right now, but I can’t wait to do so when I get the chance to in the future Would love to stay longer to really emerge myself into the culture.

    Finding a job somewhere other than Toronto is on my list.

    October 5, 2015 at 5:16 am

    I couldn’t agree more with you! There is so much to see an learn from out there. I’m not in a position to travel at the moment but when I am again I have quite the long list of places I’d like to see.


    October 5, 2015 at 4:08 am

    You’re such an inspiration to me! I want to travel the world like you when I’m done with uni. I was wondering if you could do a post about the things you had/didn’t have planned when you first traveled to London? Like did you know where you would stay, for how long, what to do etc. Would be a great help πŸ™‚

    To me, the most scary part of doing what you’re doing, is not having everything planned. Could you do a post about what you have planned, where you stay and so on, when you travel somewhere new?

    Thank you,

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    October 5, 2015 at 1:32 am

    This is super inspirational. I hope we all learn to live life to the fullest and make the best of this one life we have.

    X Carina

    October 4, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Hey Brooke! πŸ™‚ You’re such an inspiration. I really enjoy reading your motivational posts. <3

    October 4, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Es verdad yo disfruto tanto viajar, que si dispusiera de dinero y una persona que me acompaΓ±e, todos los aΓ±os me perderia en un pais distinto, por espacio de un mes…
    Viajar, conocer otras culturas, otras formas de vida, conocer el arte que tiene cada lugar, sus monumentos, sus edificios, sus sabores culinarios etc, etc…

    October 4, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    So so true! We’re meant to move around and have adventures – life is too short!

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    October 4, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Love all your travels! Such an inspiration!

    Please check out my travels

    Julie VerHage
    October 4, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Brooke, I absolutely love this! So many great points, all organized into one blog post so well. Great work. I cannot wait to read your upcoming book πŸ™‚

    October 4, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Thank you for this Brooke. I really needed that right now. Much love xoxo

    October 4, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I really needed to see this article. Thank you so much for writing this. I’ve been going back and forth looking at my pros/cons for living out my dreams abroad but haven’t truly cemented what I want to do or whether the risk would just ruin everything. This really has inspired me now!

    October 4, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Couldn’t agree with this sentiment more.

    There is a reason I’d rather be putting all of my money into travel rather than a house!

    October 4, 2015 at 8:13 am

    I think you did it so right with your year travelling around the world as life is indeed not meant to be lived in one place πŸ™‚
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena