Coming home and finding new purpose and direction can sometimes feel like you’re standing in a dark, empty room with a thousand voices shouting at you all at once. Do you feel confused? Overwhelmed? Scared even?
Wouldn’t it be great if we had a device that we could simply ask, what do I do now? The voice would then tell us exactly what we needed to do with the next chapter of our life and provide us with a game plan on how to do it. The truth is, no such device exists, so you have to dig a little deeper to find the answers yourself.
Travel will have changed you and given you a new sense of purpose, but there is a good chance you would have left this new found inspiration in the overhead compartment on the final flight home. If you are struggling to adjust back into your old life after travel, then you probably need to start thinking about what you’d really like your life to be like now. Having something new and exciting to look forward to might make the sting of coming home a little less painful.
The New Adventure
You now have so many possibilities ahead of you if you look at your coming home as a fresh start to a new and exciting life. Whether it be a case of planning your next trip, changing career or even building something new and exciting of your own. It doesn’t matter what your vision looks like, all that matters is that it’s yours.
Sometimes it is easy to forget this, so I am just going to remind you…
When you went away, you made a choice. You booked your ticket, planned your trip and boarded a plane to a land unknown. When you landed you went to the location (of your choice) and began your incredible adventure. Every day you made choices, where to stay, things to do and places to see. These were all the things that you wanted, and whether you realise it or not, you were living the life in which you had designed by yourself.
Coming Home After Travel
When you come home, that ability to choose does not go away. It may feel like it has, but it hasn’t. We have these imaginary constraints around us that make us feel like we are restricted to only do and be what is expected of us by those around us. When you went away, you left those constraints at home and were free to be and do and choose whatever you wanted. But here’s the thing, those limitations are not real, if they were, you would have taken them with you on your travels.
So the question is not, what do I do now, its what do I want to do now?
When you figure out what you want, the choice to do it becomes much easier. For example, when you wake up in the morning and you feel hungry, you think, ah-ha I am hungry, I want to eat. You then go to the kitchen or cafe and you choose what you want to eat. If you woke up in the morning and did not know that what you were feeling was hunger, then you probably wouldn’t make the choice to go and eat; you’d probably lay in bed feeling frustrated and upset because you weren’t sure what it was you needed to do to feel better.
Luckily for us all, we know what hunger is and what to do to fulfil it, but the same can’t always be said for the feeling we have when we come home.
Take away the limitations that you think exists around you and ask yourself what you want to do now and do it.