Follow your Heart through Travel
It is extremely difficult for someone to write about love who isn’t in love at the moment. Trust me, I didn’t know how difficult until everytime I looked at the screen my mind was completely blank. I’m a hopeless romantic (and, I hate admitting it) and I’m spontaneous which leads to a lot of impulsive decisions and heartbreak. But, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that sometimes following your heart isn’t a bad idea.
Some might say that following a significant other somewhere isn’t a good idea. I disagree. Even if that relationship ends eventually, you may have just had some of the most amazing experiences of your life. I’ve followed a few significant others to places and while that may come off as a little co-dependent, I don’t regret it even though all of those relationships have ended. There are many places I wouldn’t be able to say that I’ve seen if I hadn’t.
At the risk of making myself look like a complete fool, here’s some examples where I chose love over reason. Before my ex was set to move to South Korea for a year, he planned to go to Wisconsin for three weeks to spend time with family and myself if I was able to go. My employer at the time wouldn’t let me be off of work that long, so what did I do? I impulsively quit and went anyway. I wasn’t going to see the man I loved for a year…so if I had to find another job when I got back so I could spend three weeks with him, that’s what I would do. I really enjoyed my time in Wisconsin too and got to experience it with several people who were from the area. I also came home with my American Bulldog who became my best friend for the next five years. When I came back, I was able to get my job back with the same employer. Not saying that would happen in every situation because the chances aren’t likely, but it did that time. Everything worked out fine in the end, like it usually does.
I, then, decided to visit him in South Korea for two weeks. I got to experience Asian culture for the first time and had an amazing New Year’s Eve in Seoul–probably the best NYE of my life. Then, while I was in South Korea visiting, we found out where his next duty station would be–Washington state. So, what did I do? When he came back from Korea, I quit my job again and uprooted my life to move all the way across the country.
Now, I know what you’re all thinking–“Ashley, you’re obviously not with him anymore, was all this moving around and uprooting your life worth it?” Yes, it was.
I wouldn’t be able to say I’ve been to Korea, I wouldn’t have had the best dog a girl can ask for, and I wouldn’t have lived in Washington which means I wouldn’t have gotten to explore the PNW–a truly wonderful region of the United States and I wouldn’t have amazing friends that are now all over the country and world. I wouldn’t be planning to go meet one of my best friends in Samoa, who I met in Washington, later this year. I wouldn’t have friends from Denmark, Sweden, the Philippines, and so on had I not followed my heart.
So, am I saying you should just quit your job everytime someone asks you to go somewhere or am I saying you should just move across the country, or the world, everytime someone presents the idea? Hell no.
Sometimes though, just sometimes, it’s okay to throw logic and reason out the window in exchange for love and new experiences.
Have you ever done something a little impulsive in the name of love? Ever traveled or moved somewhere for a signifcant other? Do share!
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