As part of travel, I often hear about people who inspire others to go to specific places. With their experiences they encourage them to leave to discover those countries they fell in love with.
But what I hear about very little is a speech about who inspire us to travel in general, not in a specific place, who pushes us and encourages us to travel apart from ourselves. Who pushes us to leave for adventure, reassuring us in case of doubts and rejoicing with us while waiting for the trip. I don’t know if everyone has a person like that but I think it would help each of us.
Fortunately, I have a person like that next to me, my mother. Ever since adolescence she has always told me how important it is to travel and how much she cared for me to travel and explore the world, which she could do little during her youth. As soon as possible she took advantage of every opportunity to make me leave. From summer camps abroad, trips with my uncles, to a trip alone. What has always tried to teach me is that money spent on travels are never wasted because travel enriches you as a person. She always made me leave and she never showed me to be worried even if in some cases she was, as she admitted after I returned. She didn’t want her concern to make me doubt, she wanted me to be sure I was doing the right thing.She never stuck me in fear but she put it aside and showed me only the happy and joyful side of travel, the beautiful and fun side. In my moments of doubt, especially the first trips, she was there to encourage me to go on convincing me that everything would be fine and that I would have enjoyed it and I would have been fine. Over the years she wanted to grow in me the love for adventure and the discovery of new countries. I would say that she has succeeded brilliantly as I am now. Always eager to leave and with a bucket list of places to visit each time longer. For all this I have to thank her that has always supported me and pushed me to travel. That has always reassured me and allowed me to be able to do all these experiences abroad encouraging me to dream of other things to do.
As I said at the beginning I think everyone in their life should have a person like that. A person who pushes you to discover the world, has confidence in you and in your possibilities, that doesn’t block you for fear of what could happen but on the contrary give you the tools to go on your own.