What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterday on the road.”
-William Leat Heat Moon
That is one of the things I like about traveling.
In our normal life we are surrounded by people who know or at least think to know us. Everything new about you will be seen in the connection of your past or something you did in the past.
There are stories that follow us. Even if we meet new people someone will tell them about it and although it has nothing to do with what you are doing right now it changes the perspective people have on you.
People seek for fear and weaknesses of other people. Probably to feel better about their own.
Even if you try to move on and change for the better there is something holding you back. It is your past.
Your actions in the now are already determined by what you did once. People love to put one another in stereotypical drawers and it is really hard to get out of those.
For example if you are always known as the shy and kind person people will treat you differently. They find it hard to accept when you change and do something they don’t expect of you.
I find it hard to be one and the same around every single person. There are people you are more comfortable around, those you probably show more about who you really are.
But I would wish for people to always be the fullest of themselves and not try to change or act differently just to fit into a certain group. Once you get older I think you will realise that there are people who fit to you and that you should never act just to fit to others. Everyone will see you differently because we see things not as they are but as we are. A person with a positive mind sees everything in a different light to a person with a negative mind.
While traveling you are the only one who is aware of the things you did in the past.
And it is your own decision if the people you meet on your way should know about them.
If you meet a stranger you create an image in that other person’s head but that image is not engraved in stones. It can be changed more easily because they have fewer situations to compare your actions to.
Through the years you change and will find out more about who you are – especially while traveling.
It is easier to let go of your past because you are not reminded of them every day and it is only your own perspective of your past and not the image created by other people.
See you soon at our next destination!