Life waits for no one: Why you should take that trip you’ve been thinking about

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Holding back is inherent to human nature. A series of ‘what if’s, ‘one day’s and doubts flood to our mind when making a decision as small as whether to buy the magazine at the checkout counter or not, so it’s little wonder you hold back on taking that trip you’ve been thinking about.

Then something catastrophic happens – someone close to you falls ill, you lose a loved one, or a relationship ends and you find yourself in search of answers for the bigger questions -why me? what did I do to deserve this? what’s the point anymore?



At 22 years of age, I don’t profess to know everything about life. But I do know a thing or two about happiness. Chances are you do too, but it often takes a small reminder (like this blog post) for you to remember just how highly one should place happiness and living life (instead of just existing) on their list of priorities.

Happiness should be right up there with breathing, sleeping, and brushing your teeth twice daily – it’s something that can’t be ignored. Without it we don’t function.

So as the title of this post suggests, life waits for no one. But we certainly wait for life to kick us in the face before we make any recognition of that point. We know our time is limited and none of us know when our time on earth comes to an end (unless you believe in the 2012 saga and are living in denial plotting the next world’s end).

But if we know our time is limited, why don’t we make every second count?

Tomorrow. It’s perhaps the most commonly used and easily disguised excuse. No, you’re not convincing anyone else, let alone yourself.

We tend to tell ourselves that we will tend to the matter ‘tomorrow’, whether it be kicking a bad habit or kick starting a fad diet. Tomorrow comes and all of a sudden we’ve got another set back, so we push back today to tomorrow, and tomorrow’s tomorrow, and so on…

Time waits for no one

But the truth is there, plain and simple. We just don’t notice until it’s too late and we’ve lost the chance to go for it – because time waits for no one. Ask yourself, what memories have I created with those I love? I mean real memories that exist beyond the standard Christmas snap, which includes everyone decked out in Christmas Cracker party hats and a forced smile (with teeth, because you feel into the trap of saying cheese).

I mean the memories that exist off film, or more likely lying around on a memory card somewhere nowadays.

No, I mean the kind of memories where you can close your eyes and relive the moment – feel the sea breeze pass over you like a thick rush of energy, hear the laughter in the background and almost even hear a soundtrack to your memory – as if you were there in that moment.

So if you were waiting for a sign, this is it. Go on, take that trip you’ve been thinking about.

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    June 20, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks a lot, Brooke. This article comes to me in THE moment. I’m 27 years old, I’m from Uruguay (Southamerica) and I have postponed for years my plans of travelling and living in another country. Once it was my family, then my career, now my boyfriend…who doesn’t like travelling at all. Someone told me something too wise some days ago: “The person you will live with for the rest of your life is yourself”. So it’s time to go (sorry for my English!)

    Izy Berry - The Wrong Way Home
    June 14, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I totally agree – it was originally the end of a relationship that pushed me over the edge towards solo travel. In seven weeks I’m leaving to do it all over again, except this time with no end point in sight. Very exciting!

    Taryn Nicole
    June 10, 2014 at 2:04 am

    I could not have stumbled upon your blog at a better time. This post is written so authentically and so personally. I have been looking into traveling internationally next year and while other things are sliding in as more of a priority, it’s so true that life is what happens while we’re making other plans. Experiences are what make me the most happy, not things and I need to focus on that.

    June 7, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I absolutely agree with you… this is exactly what i always tell myself: better sooner than never, as none of us can tell the future. Although this has made me travel for the last six months, and now I cannot stop. Strongly considering going on an expedition trip to Svalbard in a couple of weeks since I might not get a chance otherwise in the foreseeable future. :S

    June 6, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I really like your post, so true! Make it happen, don’t waste time!

    Isa // belle + compass
    June 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I totally agree – you just have to make it happen! People tell me I’m so “lucky” to be able to travel, but it’s less luck than just going for it. Then it just comes down to the tradeoff between time and money 😛

    June 4, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Just beautiful Brooke, just booked a flight to visit my family back home. x thanks again

    Claire (@Kurea_San)
    June 4, 2014 at 6:29 am

    You don’t need to convince me. And yes, travel is happiness 🙂

    June 4, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Very inspiring post! I would love to pack my backs and leave everything behind to go to the places I have always wanted to go!