Next week, my wife and I will be heading back to the Philippines after a month-long vacation in Europe.
I was never a fan of traveling, and I’m still hesitant to post my travels on social media. Maybe it’s because when I fell into a “slight depression” six years ago, I became insecure of people who were traveling. Anyway…
When we traveled here to Europe, we decided to spend more time with my sister and her family instead of going to tourist spots. Sure, we were able to go to nice places (especially museums), but what I loved the most during our travel was getting to experience what life is like here in the Netherlands.
There are so many things that I love about the Netherlands and its people (which I’ll probably share in another post), but one of the most important things I learned here is how it’s never too late to learn and to pursue anything.
In the Philippines, I already feel so far behind my peers in terms of my career, even if I’m only 29 years old. If I go back to the corporate world, I’ll probably get hired in a position which is just a level higher than the positions offered for fresh graduates. (Or maybe I’m looking down on myself and my experiences too much… again.)
But here in the Netherlands, I heard stories and saw people in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and even 60s who are going back to school, trying new things, getting into entry-level positions, and just starting all over again. They don’t seem to mind. Even the other people around them do not seem to mind.
Of course, it’s important to factor in how wonderful and efficient their government is in supporting its citizens and fostering equality. But, starting again, regardless of your age is something we can learn from them. We just need not be afraid. Or ashamed.
Today, I can say that I’m starting to like this “traveling thing.” It’s not because of the places I go to, but because of the lessons I learn and who I become because of them.
When we travel, I guess it’s important not just to open our eyes, but also our minds, especially our hearts. The world is too big for us to be lacking in opportunities.
There’s a big world out there.
P.S. Now, I just have to overcome my motion sickness.