3 lessons I learned on adventures

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Hiya wild one!

I’m back online after an awesome adventure in China.

I had a fun month full of sightseeing, exploring and priceless family time. I’ve got such a strong connection to China after living there a few years ago, so it was fantastic to share that with my mum and see her and my brothers falling in love with it just like I did.

I always learn so much about myself and the world when I travel, and this trip was no different. Today I’m sharing three eye-opening lessons that always come up for me when I travel.

1. You are so much more capable than you give yourself credit for.

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“I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.”

– Lillian Smith

I often feel anxious and sometimes I fool myself into thinking I can’t do certain things, so I was nervous about going back to China. Even though I’d lived there for a year and fell in love with it, I still wondered if I could handle the crowds, the noise, and the chaos.

These kinds of anxieties aren’t unique to just travel. I often worry if I can handle certain situations, especially social events. Since being diagnosed with ASC earlier this year, I know that anxiety is relatively normal for me and common for people on the spectrum, but it’s not often that I write about anxiety here because I used to be embarrassed about it. Actually, I used to be in flat out denial about it. But I’ve realised that writing about it not only helps me, it helps anyone reading this who might feel the same way.

In all honesty, I’m not incredibly independent or outgoing. I’m a huge introvert and really love hanging out at home all day. I love going out too, but I don’t enjoy going out alone. Because of all this, sometimes I don’t feel I’m living up to the message of Wild Sister – that of empowerment, independence and courage. It’s because of Wild Sister and all the incredible women in the Wild Sisterhood that I’m always inspired to live the Wild Sister message as much as I can.

One thing I’m proud of is that I no longer let fear stop me from doing what I really want to do. It took many years for me to learn that fear doesn’t mean quit. If I want something more than I’m afraid of it, I know I’ll make it happen. And that’s what happened with my China trip. I wanted to go to Beijing with my family more than I feared it, so I made it happen. And it was awesome!

It’s amazing how the mind can fool you. Some of the things I was most anxious about turned out to be my favorite parts of the trip. For example, I was worried about navigating the Beijing subway system, but I understood it quickly and even enjoyed riding the packed trains all over the city.

2. Taking yourself too seriously kills happiness.

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“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.”

– Alan Keightley

Seeing the world is a great way to get over yourself.

It’s easy to buy into the illusion that our reality is the only reality, that the little world we build for ourselves is the only world, and that the way we live is the only way to live.

Going somewhere completely different to what you’ve always known wakes you up to the fact that there are literally billions of different ways to live your life. It empowers you to carve your own path and makes you more open-minded to the paths of others. There’s something liberating about knowing that my life is just a drop in an ocean of lives, worlds, paths and realities.

In our world, it’s easy to take things for granted and forget how blessed we really are. It’s part of our culture to be on a never-ending search for more. I know I’ve often been so caught up in my own problems, in my own quest for success, that I take myself way too seriously and become oblivious to all the ways I’m already blessed.

3. The world is full of good, kind, wonderful people.

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

– Jawaharial Nehru

The kindest, friendliest, most welcoming people I’ve ever met, I met while I was travelling.

On this recent trip, people were constantly coming up to us to say hello or even ask to have a photo with us. We were greeted with smiles everywhere we went. I felt so safe and welcome there, and it’s entirely because of the people.

I absolutely loved every second of the trip, and when the time came to go home, I didn’t want to leave. I love the beautiful chaos of Beijing. I feel more at home there than almost anywhere else. The people are wonderful and friendly, and the streets are alive with energy and motion. I can definitely see myself spending much more time there in the future.

Here are some of my favorite photos from Beijing…

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I’ll be sharing more about my trip next week, so stay tuned!

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