Backpacking Across Europe

Backpacking Across Europe

Backpacking 2018

If you haven’t noticed I have been a little MIA the last few weeks. I was backpacking across Europe for two weeks on a mission’s trip with Live10:27. We traveled through 10 countries. I landed in England, we took another plane to Denmark for two days. After that in the days to come, I went to Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Cech Republic, Luxemburg, Austria, Italy, Switzerland. I got home around 12:30 AM on Wednesday, and yes if you’re wondering I’m still tired and kind of out of it.

Not only was it a great opportunity to travel and see the world, which is an awesome bonus. I love to travel and see new things. I love my home in Lancaster, but in case you didn’t know this. There is a lot in the world outside of Lancaster PA haha. Being the youngest of four I have always felt safe at home and I always liked being home and felt comfortable. I’m not a big fan of change and being taken out of my comfort zone, well till the last few years. For years I didn’t like who I was and where I was going with myself in life. I had to do something about it, I just didn’t know where to begin.

Wherever you are in your life right now. If you’re in a slump and not sure what’s next for you or trying to figure out your next move. Maybe you need to get out for a little bit and do something different or out of your comfort zone?

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” – Neale Donald Walsch

Blaming God

For years and years, I didn’t like who I was and the person God created. For most of my life, I questioned why he made me the way he did and put this disability on my shoulders? I always wondered if maybe I was the one mistake he had in creating me? Quickly realizing he didn’t make a mistake, it was just my mind playing games on me. I was feeding my mind these lies for years and years. I didn’t know who to talk to, and nobody could understand what it was like being in my situation. So, I needed someone to blame and put this on.

This trip opened up a lot for me and let me see a lot of things in my life so far. Yes, I got to travel and see the world which I can’t take for granted. Not many people get to travel, and I feel lucky enough to have that opportunity. I have been to 13 different countries and they are all special and beautiful and unique in their own way. From the Alps in Switzerland to the canals in Venice Italy. All the way to a small little town in Peru. I have seen a lot over the years.

Part Of The Game

That’s why those trips are going to play a huge role in making me a better person. All of those countries I had the opportunity to visit and see, I couldn’t have done that without financial support from friends and family. I’ve taken advantage of people in the past of giving money and not truly grasping the concept of it. How people must feel about me to be willing to give up their hard-earned money to send me on these trips.

Some of the places I saw in the last two years would be a dream vacation to see what I saw. Here I am to have had the opportunity to see some of these places twice and seeing how beautiful and magical these places really are. I think this year it really hit me, how some people really care about me to help me go on this trip. That’s one of the things I learned on this trip.

Stretch Yourself

I had the opportunity to talk to a lot of cool people this year and hear their stories. It was a lot of fun and a great experience for me. That’s why I think if you’re not sure where to begin or in a slump. Then go travel somewhere for some time. Get away from your everyday life and put yourself in uncomfortable situations. Sleep outside at a train station In Munich Germany. Sleep in an uncomfortable overnight train going to Venice Italy. Or maybe if you get the opportunity, go sleep in a Chalet in the Swiss Alps for a night.

Do things you normally never thought you would do. Take yourself out of your daily routine and stretch yourself. Putting yourself in uncomfortable situations and seeing what the world gives you and what you see and how you react to what is placed in front of you. That’s how I think you find the type of person you are.

Eye Opening

Traveling on this trip helped me appreciate the things I have. It helps me to realize how lucky I am to have a bed and roof over my head. Sleeping outside at a train station like what a homeless person does every night. Here I am doing it for one night, and who knows how long a homeless person has been doing it for. I know how lucky and blessed I really am. I have seen more than a good percentage of the people in the world. I’m taking myself out of my daily routine, trying to figure out who Peter is and trying to better myself.

That’s what we all should be doing every day. Some might have to leave the country, some might be lucky enough and just have to go for a short walk and think. It doesn’t matter who you are and how you do it. The point is that you do something to make yourself uncomfortable and start living why you still have the opportunity to live.

“Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75” – Benjamin Franklin