Travel Quote Series – Free Yourself

Pergamom, Turkey
From the vaulted foundation of the temple of Trajan in Pergamom, Turkey

I believe implicitly in the capacity of all human beings to achieve their dreams if they put their minds to it. I also believe that when you want something badly enough, you – and the universe – will usually find ways to make it happen.

Within reason of course. For I know from experience how a lack of means, ill health, commitments – LIFE – can impede and slow down that quest. And being aware of your limitations and working around them on what’s right for YOU, is important.

But, in all my interactions with people of my ilk who bitterly complain about not being able to follow their dreams, I find it is more often than not due to constraints of their own making. A fear of the unknown, lethargy, or even guilt. About not setting priorities. And in many cases, about keeping up with the Joneses!

Having grown up in a conservative society in which saving against famine and calamity has been encoded into its genetic structure, putting one’s future security under threat to plunge into a strange new path is a fear that is understandable.

But think about it: What is the guarantee that we will live to enjoy the fruits of a life less lived? If we do, will that lifestyle be worth looking back on life with regret?

Until next time…………happy travels, no matter where life takes you.

PS: This is partly aimed at hubby whose eyes popped out when I suggested we downsize by moving into a studio apartment. Last week he asked me to go look for one! Bullseye!!!

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

71 thoughts on “Travel Quote Series – Free Yourself

  1. I really love the quote… So true… I, for sure, am confined by the walls I’ve built around me… and breaking them down is tougher than I thought.

  2. Hahaha, I love the P.S in this one!

    And so so true, look at me – I was barely alive until I gave it all up. When we want something, the universe really does make it happen.

    1. Ha ha, the search is ongoing….our hearts and the universe obviously not conspiring hard enough 🙂

      I do often catch myself wishing we had started travelling earlier, but then I remind myself that we would have missed out on all the amazing experiences life has thrown up, not least of which is parenthood and grandparenthood. The time at my disposal might be woefully short, but at the moment I feel like I have my cake and am eating it too! Even if juggling all those roles makes my head spin most times.

      Many thanks for the visit and comment Shubham….and happy travels 🙂

  3. A very true quote, Madhu. I believe we all need to reinvent ourselves on occasion. It reminds me of a quote I once saw, “If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.” 🙂

  4. A very well worded post Madhu. So many people put off their dreams for the reasons you mention and life can pass so quickly. We downsized to a “Granny flat” like a studio apartment, very small, in 2010 when we took off on my dream to travel around Australia. The freedom in minimalism is life changing. So just do it… 🙂

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