As I sit here on the eve of my 24th year, I am forced to contemplate the purpose of my existence. I use the word forced, because the past few weeks I have been pushing it aside in hopes that the nagging feeling of my unknown purpose would somehow disappear.
The uncertainty that I feel hasn’t always been apparent. In fact, at times I have wholeheartedly believed I understand life and the world. Albeit the majority of my cockiness stemmed from some misunderstood teenaged confidence. Yet, looking back at some of these implications makes me honestly wonder how I even made it out alive. At 18, I believed that I would go to college and my degree would be the key to unlocking any and all success that I felt I deserved. Isn’t that a privileged thought at it’s finest? Or, maybe just the unadulterated view of the American dream.
And yet after completing that goal, it became clear that it wasn’t the true answer and I began to question whether the path I had created was even a pathway at all or just a blind direction I had chosen to follow. My frustration in finding an answer to this question created a wild animal inside of me. This animal is what some would call anxiety, but I call it my gift. My gift to create and write and think and fight for truth.
I used to allow my gift to hold me down. At times letting its unbearable pull force me to submission but as this time has challenged me, so has my gift. But it was that pull along with the loss of the person closest to me that made me break the path.
I set out on this journey to find something, anything that would explain who I am and how I fit in with the cosmos. 9 months and 10,000 miles have passed me now and I still have no clear concept of what that is and yet I know I have to keep searching.
I am a traveler and a seeker of truth. My mind is full, but it is not yet whole. I am a gypsy soul.
**Belated birthday self-reflection piece written the night before my 24th birthday.
Great post! We are all always searching….
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Our first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower in Paris was at dusk before the lights were illuminated. We admired the tower for several minutes from the Champ de Mars. There were many people lounging in the grass, enjoying their wine with a view. This looked like a great idea so we came back the next night.
There is no bad view of the Eiffel Tower from the Champ de Mars. We easily found a great spot to relax for the evening. The tower grew brighter the later it got. Around 11 pm the lights sparkled for a few minutes, then again at midnight.
Great shot, don’t see that at night from there too often!
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Really fun shot!
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Shot last Saturday during the hike in the Flower Valley in Stanford, South Africa with the Strandveld Hiking Club. Not an easy hike with steep ups and downs but awesome views once on top of one of the mountains. We took the ‘Stinkhoutbos Trail’ (Stinkwood Forest Trail) which partly goes through one of the last remnants of an ancient forest which covered the whole of Southern South Africa thousands and thousands of years ago..
My trip to Bratislava, which is a capital of Slovakia, was a part of the Golden Ring of Danube bus tour. I felt extremely comfortable with Slovakian culture. I think the fact that I’m a Ukrainian facilitated my positive outlook at a similar culture, which happens to be a Ukrainian neighbor as well.
A lot of people told me that Slovakia is a poor country, and I wouldn’t be able to see anything interesting. But, I didn’t get discouraged after hearing so much negative feedback. I went to Bratislava with an open mind, and I was pleasantly surprised that Slovaks were extremely friendly and helpful. And, Bratislava, in its own charming way, had a few architectural gems that could easily compete with some of the architectural splendidness in the capitals of its more sophisticated European counterparts.
I just love living statues
A hat swap
A very interesting rendition of human body
Great shots, looks like a lot of fun!
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The North of Thailand, centered in the city of Chiang Mai, is home to some of Thailand’s most breathtaking landscapes, from astonishing Buddhist temples located at the top of Thailand’s highest mountains to the waterfalls that run from underneath them. Also, the spectacular fauna that includes families of Elephants and the controversial Tiger Kingdom, where you can get up close to young tigers. Long story short, Northern Thailand is a truly magical place that should be in everyone’s bucketlist. Enjoy these photos of Wonders and get the inspiration you need to make this journey a reality!!!
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Great shots, not sure about being that close to a tiger though…
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I took a photo of my friends toes yesterday and told her I would send it to you.
Her toes are painted with the logo of her and her boyfriends’ handmade surfboard company called “Journey” https://www.facebook.com/journeysurf
Pretty cool way to get the logo “out there”!
Street Wise Bride
Interesting scene. Great shot!
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Scared of diving? Who isn’t when it comes to facing something unknown, not knowing what to expect at all. But my mantra is ‘ to do what you’re afraid of ‘ , and I did, surprisingly I enjoyed it more than I expected to. Venturing to do what scares you , you’ll never know, for you might find something that you’d love, for your entire life. And I can’t wait for diving in Koh Tao in December!
Conquering fear is a biggie, thanks!
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Nice shot, amazing really!
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After a 600 Km long train ride from Ahmedabad, we arrived to Aurangabad without to many expectations about this town, and rightly so. Nevertheless, it is the best place to stay one or two nights if you want to see the caves of Ellora and Ajanta. For me, it was a nightmarish period, as I finally got the “Deli belly” thing. And I got it real bad. I was so weak that my wife had to push me up the stairs while we were exploring the caves and I had to stop and lie down every ten minutes. When one sees the shots taken, no one can guess the miserable state of the photographer.
The caves of Elora and Ajanta represent the apogee of rock carved religious architecture in India and are truly spectacular.
Fantastic shots, you are real trooper!
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Nice shot, always heard good things about the Dominican Republic!
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Another greeting from Florida, this time from a sailboat. It was a very ‘stealthy day’ as it was hard to distinguish the sky from the water. This enticed me to write the poem Blue-Gray, see: http://anarette.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/blue-gray-moments
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Vietnam in Color
Wonderful shots, colorful for sure!
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