Day 17: BootsnAll Indie Travel Project
Today’s prompt: Passion – It’s easy to be passionate about travel, but does that passion permeate the rest of your life? Do you live and work with passion? Why or why not?
“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”
This great quote, by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, is one that hangs near my desk at work. It’s inspirational and keeps me going from day to day. Teaching is something that I am passionate about, but negativity from parents, a heavy workload, and criticism from politicians, can make one question why they put in so much time, money, and energy when it often feels that one goes unnoticed and unappreciated. While I’m lucky, and grateful, to have the support of my principal, superintendent, and staff, who make coming to work everyday easy and enjoyable, the pressures can often take the passion out of the job.
My every day life is extremely different from the life I lead while traveling. Just as I stated in my previous post, Traveling Lightly, travel is my escape from reality and everyday routines. I can live my life exactly as I please, doing whatever I want whenever that happens to be. I’m relaxed and energized all at once.
But, after teaching and traveling, my passion is writing. To start, I’m a language arts teacher, so my job involves one of my greatest passions. I teach my seventh graders how to use their words to best express themselves. The only problem I encounter is the fact that most seventh graders don’t care about writing the way I do. And, I can’t blame them, I was passionate only about English in seventh grade, well, that and socializing.
Due to this fact, teaching my passion can be a challenge because I care so much about it. At the end of last year, I realized, while reading The Happiness Project, that I need to write each day to keep happy. I realized that teaching my passion was not the same as living my passion.
And so, together with my passion for travel, so was born The World Wanderer: a combination of two pieces of life that keep me pulled together even when all else falls apart – travel and writing. While I realize that I can’t travel everyday, I had to find a way to weave travel into my daily life. What better way to do that then with a blog?
Honestly, without this blog, I don’t know how I would cope with the hole left in my heart by the absence of travel. But instead of being upset about not traveling, I am able to relive each experience over and over again and reflect upon each trip with each piece I write.