On Walking the Walk

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In light of our recent election, let’s talk about walking the walk.

The day before the results were announced, I kept saying that if Romney won I would move overseas and not return to the U.S. for 4 years. Obviously, that was just talk with no real fuel behind it. To be quite honest, I don’t care who you voted for. There isn’t anything a sitting president can accomplish that we can’t do ourselves. I believe more in the people, not just of America but around the world. Like Gandhi said, we have to be the change we want to see in the world. If we want something to be different, we have to go out and fix it or fight for it ourselves instead of relying on our government.

Obama isn’t the one that is going to make our dreams a reality. He won’t decide on our admission to the school we really want to to go to, buy our plane tickets for a year long trip around the world, or give us the recognition we deserve for having our art displayed in public. So long as we keep kicking and screaming for the life of our dreams, we are capable of achieving anything and more than any government official can do or voice for us.

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Throughout college, I’d always say I’m going to go there next month, do that next year, be something some day. Without any real plan, traveling was always just this fantasy stuck in my head. For a long time, I had no intention of making it come true for myself. I was one of many under the impression that extensive travel was for the wealthy or retired.

Well, one Saturday afternoon, I was randomly searching on Google and came across different bloggers like Nomadic Matt, Twenty Something Travel, Legal Nomads, and so many more. After six hours of reading article after article on these different blogs, I actually got angry that they were doing what I wanted to do. Why did they get to travel the world and I didn’t? What was their secret?

Waking up the next morning, I realized that all I had to do was buy the plane ticket and leave. It was truly that simple, and the rest would eventually fall into place. In May 2011, I made the decision to cross over to the life I really wanted. So for one year, I dialed down the social life, turned up the savings, and I’m writing to you today from Kyoto, Japan.

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Whether we’re making baby steps or giant leaps of progress towards our goals, it encourages those around us to follow suit because they understand that it can be done with the resources they already have. All it takes (seriously) is a little will power. Okay, a lot of will power, but when we set that kind of example, it instills the energy of hard work in those around us.

It’s always important to envision and fantasize about the type of life we want to create for ourselves, but our dreams and future goals are nothing without action so get to work.

Keep talking, but get walking.

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