Me and a girlfriend took off to Thailand a couple months after graduation and to this day its still been one of the hardest/best experiences of my life.
I had no idea what the hell I wanted to do with my life when I got out of grade 12. Completely clueless. I was also pretty wild, and in no way was I going to school for 12 years, just to jump back into school in the fall.
I wanted to party to put it bluntly. I wanted to experience life. I wanted to travel.
And that’s exactly what I did. If you don’t do it when your young when will you? After your kids graduate….?
I think that the worst thing someone can do is go to school for something they aren’t sure about, or because their parents force them too.
I have seen friends make this mistake countless times.
One friend got kicked out of school because she truly was not into it, and therefore, didn’t give a damn. Later, when she figured out what she wanted to do, she had a hell of a time getting into any other school because of it.
Other friends have wasted sooo much money and time and then dropped out.
Why don’t we figure out what it is we want to do before we waste everyone’s time, energy and money?
OH I KNOW, ITS BECAUSE WE ARE TOLD TO FOLLOW THE HERD AND: GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL, GO TO UNIVERSITY, GET A JOB, GET MARRIED, HAVE KIDS, WORK OUR ASSES OFF, THEN DIE.
For some people that’s all they want, and that’s fine, but not me. No thank you.
I don’t believe any one has to go to University but if you are going to, I think everyone should take a year off and travel first.
We need to stop “waiting” to live our lives, and live them now.
So why do I think people should travel after high school?
1. YOU CAN EXPLORE WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU WANT
You will spend a lot of time alone. You will reflect on whats really important. You will know what you are capable of. You will push yourself. You will surprise yourself. You will learn to trust and depend on yourself more. You can be a version of you that you maybe cant be at home. You will see you can be and do anything you set your mind too. Find out what really sets your soul on fire.
2. YOU WILL SEE AND EXPERIENCE DIFFERENT WAYS OF LIVING
Getting out of your city or small town and going to to a different country will open your eyes wide. Especially if it is a third world country. You will experience and see things you have never seen. You will see a different perspective on cultures and how other people live. You can see that where you live isn’t actually so bad. You will be able to understand and sympathize with people from all walks of life.
3. YOU WILL STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
When I was in Thailand, I was overwhelmed. It made me grow up quickly. No longer do you have mom and dad making your meals or catering too you. You have to take care of you. You have to make sure your safe. You will fuck up and learn. You will cry. You will be scared and homesick. You will probably fight with your travel partner. You will have to fend for yourself. Speak to strangers. You will be all on your own navigating the world for the first time. You will grow and learn so much about yourself during this time.
3. YOU WILL MAKE MEMORIES THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME
When we are on our death bed its going to be our memories that we remember. Do things with your life that make you feel alive. I think about my Thailand trip all the time with fond memories. I often recall experiences and laugh at the stupid shit we did. You will meet new people. You will take so many pictures and laugh at them later. You will do things you never would do at home. You can just let loose and enjoy life before settling down. Don’t underestimate how powerful travelling and making memories is.
4. YOU WILL COME HOME REFRESHED AND WITH A NEW OUTLOOK
You will come home with a new excitement for life. You will have lived and experienced things other people have not. You can come back ready and refreshed to take on anything life has to offer. You will feel confidence that you can do anything. You will be proud of yourself. You will feel more grown up. You will be more grown up.
Travel and enjoy your time off before you jump into the big world of responsibilities, because life gets busy and you may just look back and regret it.