I'm going to walk from San Francisco, California to Portland, Oregon in one month with my two best friends, Noah & Evan.
Since my graduation in 2013 i've felt this innate feeling to go and explore the world & if not, at least my country (USA). I'm nineteen turning twenty in December, and have barely traveled outside of the mideast. I am incredible privileged in not having anything to tie me down to one place. I could, if I really wanted to, just get up and leave. Most people don't have the ability to do that. Whether its family, a job or a relationship, I'm not to tied down in life. Because of this I believe that this is an incredible opportunity in my life, and that I should really take advantage of this.
As of lately, i've kind of made this notion that I am given so many opportunities in this world that most people will never have the chance of taking. I'm privileged, and I know it. I live in an upper-middle class neighborhood. I have a home with two caring parents who can support me and my two siblings. I'm a white well educated almost twenty year old male. I live in the era of innovation and technology. I am privileged and I am thankful for that everyday of my life. Because of all of this, I feel like I should use it all to my advantage. (sorry kinda ranty but thats how I feel)
Anyways, I have all these benefits and that's a blessing, but I don't really know what the other side of life feels like. I don't know what its like to live a life wondering around without a home & trying to find food, and a place to eat. With traveling in mind, I feel like you strip down your life to the bare essentials. By doing so you can really live . You can really live a life to its fullest and experience things you would never have thought of. You can really suck the marrow out of life, as Thoreau put it. Experiencing the raw emotions of life without having the cushioned luxuries of wealth to distract you must be incredible. So this is kind of my mentality about adventuring and traveling (even if it is kinda long it needs to be said). I want to see what life has to offer me, and I think this adventure may open up the world to me.