It’s funny how with travel you notice what a difference just taking the time to enjoy the little things in life makes. With moving to different places so frequently you realize what really makes you happy without even much effort in comparison to the stressful moments and lack of routine. Whether it be snuggling in fresh sheets straight out of the dryer, taking a walk down an unknown street or sipping perfectly steeped tea with local honey in the evening.
As a full time traveler, it’s more about appreciating your experiences no matter how big, small, complicated, or simple. We have gained so much appreciation for taking in the little experiences as well as our grand explorations because you can’t put a value on the size of your adventure. Just the other day we were able to experience seeing the truly historical Liberty Bell which was a must for living in Philly in my book. In comparison, we checked out a speakeasy bar called “Ranstead Room” nearby our apartment that truly impressed us even though it was such a small part of our day. I am grateful that I was able to experience both of these different yet meaningful things.
Unfortunately, it can be so effortless to focus on the difficult situations and become stressed. It is so important to be aware when this is happening and recognize the amazing little things that are happening all around you and take the time to appreciate them. Live in the moment is an understatement when we are constantly in changing circumstances. I love the little moments when Kollin and I connect on something small and just laugh together (or at each other).
Traveling to Philadelphia, PA was the first time on our journey that I was legitimately worried we were not going to have a place to sleep. It was at that moment while driving around the city with a car full of everything we owned how we have been so lucky thus far on our travels, always having a smooth transition of moving into a comfortable home. Among the wreckage of the new move and circumstances we found one of those moments of pure bliss, of all places, walking through Target buying cleaning supplies. But that’s what this journey is all about. Learning how to adapt to unexpected change and not being able to plan ahead has been one of the biggest transitions for me. This is still a constant struggle for me, however I am improving everyday. Now that the dust has settled and we’re comfortable in our Philadelphia home it reveals that all the hassle becomes worth it. We appreciate the experiences and things we learned throughout the process to better ourselves on future endeavors that we know will come.
So take the time today and notice the little joys in your life. Remember they can be as simple as listening to the rain as you fall asleep and being thankful for the roof over your head as even that’s not guaranteed. Remind yourself to be grateful of the simple things.
“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things” -Kurt Vonnegut Robert Brault