My guy wears hand woven bracelets over Bulgari. He mocks those who discuss their vacations, all-inclusive and resorts. He travels because he’s not blinded by a single goal in life, many enthuse him. You might catch him in an airport or at a bookstore surfing the travel guides – although he only uses them as ‘inspiration’.
You’ll know it’s his laptop because the desktop is a beautiful scenic image from his travels. People from all over the world have left him ‘I miss you’ comments on his Facebook profile. When he travels, he makes lifelong friends in minutes, which then turn into beautiful friendships. He knows a thing or two about goodbyes too.
He’ll give you advice on life and tell you things you may not want to hear. He is probably right but you are not ready to leave your comfort zone just yet, no doubt he will grill you about it. He’ll question your happiness if you let him. My guy constantly talks about distant places, ancient civilizations and historical flashes. He’ll talk to you about it as he is reliving those moments with you. You can almost hear his heart racing in unison to yours. You see the creases around his pretty eyes from the smiles he had shared with thousands.
This guy lived out of a backpack because he is content with less. A guy who has travelled has experienced the hospitality of those who have barely anything to eat themselves yet they will put something on a plate for you. He has humbled himself and understands the nature of scarceness. He is a different kind of being; he has looked at alternative religions and seen peace through the eyes of a child.
He is fiercely independent though he has had time to reflect on himself and his relationships. Despite his wanderlust, he knows and appreciates his connections to the place of his birth. Yet he knows that goodbyes are just lengthy see-you-laters and that ‘hello’ is only as far away as the nearest Internet cafe.
Once a traveller gets home, people rarely want to hear their stories so listen to him. Buy him a drink and allow him to paint you his voyages that let you into his world. It will inspire you so much to do to exactly the same but take notes because you may never see him again.
I cannot hold on to this guy but when the opportunity arises I will go with him. He will open your eyes to a world beyond the news and media. He will help you turn dreams into a reality, calm your nerves before a flight and always make you smile when things get tough.
When you see something beautiful, he will hold your hand in silence, in that moment nothing else matters. He also understands your need to live for yourself and that you have dreams of your own. Understand his. The path may change but they will always meet at some point, respect that. You may lose him for a bit but he will always come home bearing new stories and mementos he picked up because it reminded him of you.
You deserve a life of adventure and possibility. You deserve to live light and embrace minimalism. You deserve to look at life through the eyes of the kind hearted and feel the warm of strangers. Regardless you should travel and see the world for yourself, you’ll see him along the way for sure.