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. Profound quote, Madhu…accompanied by very meaningful words! I totally agree. A lot of times, what society or people might think is a big barrier to chasing after our dreams. Or the fear of “what if”.
    Good luck with the apartment hunt!

  2. Very much enjoyed this post ~ even knowing that there is so much more to chase, sometimes I still find myself “saving for the future” even though the future is now and at some point it is time to chase life…or continue chasing life 🙂
    Cheers to this thought, and thank you for this timely post ~

  3. It is true that what many will tell you are the impediments which prevented them from achieving their dreams were actually surmountable, but have changed identity from impediments to excuses.

    1. Absolutely! I used up so many more words to express just that 🙂 Perhaps it is fear that keeps them from acknowledging the fact. Pleasure to see you here Mr.C

  4. Hahaha nicely done. Totally in agreement with you, how strange are our ways of evaluating a happy and sustainable lifestyle.

    Pssst I am so going to downgrade my living space next year. If there exists such a thing as a pooja room ever in my life, I would not have lived hehe.

    1. Christy, I have seen enough money spent on the contents of a puja room that would sustain a years travel! 😀 In the end it should only be about what gives you joy. There is no right or wrong.

  5. Yup, so true. What a conundrum…the walls we build for ourselves that keep us from doing exactly what we want to do if those walls weren’t there. Humans…a very odd species of animal!!! Good words for travelers (or non-travelers), but also good for everyone, no matter their dream

  6. Reminds me of that famous quote from the movie “My big fat Greek wedding.” The mother is instructing her daughter just before marriage and says. “Remember the man is head of the home, but the woman is the neck, and the neck turns the head.” Looks like you’ve just confirmed that opinion. 🙂

    1. Ha ha, and I thought you were my friend! 😀 Frankly I was as stunned by that ‘okay’ as he was when I broached the subject!

  7. yes, I agree. We many times build walls around ourselves and finding unable to cross it. Very true. Thanks for sharing quote with a wondreful picture.

  8. This post came to me at an opportune moment. I just heard that a friend nearly a decade younger than me died last night after living with Alzheimer’s for four years. That sharpened for me the good sense of your comment. What IS the guarantee that we will live to enjoy the fruits of a life less lived? What an exciting idea to downsize.

    I love the image you’ve chosen: so apt with wall upon receding wall – an edifice against adventure.

    And I’m in awe of your capacity to write a post like this without sounding at all preachy.

    1. Meg, so sorry for your loss. There really are no guarantees.

      Your comment means a lot. I work hard at not sounding preachy, because I find the condescending tones of posts by younger adventurers upsetting. That is why I added that personal bit at the end. Also to re-iterate that it is never too late to take the leap. Not sure if and when the downsizing will happen, but its a beginning. Take care.

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