Jul 15, 2017
By Christian Vollmert
Travel moments of pure Freedom and Happiness
Traveling the world fulfills our soul. It helps us to grow as a person. We evolve. Slow, but steady. It spreads out minds. It opens our hearts. And eventually, it lightens the ship and lets us sail off.
These are what we all hope and search for in our life – to become truely free and happy. Free of boundaries, old habits and the chains of a modern society. A way of living, that gets faster and faster every single day.
But where to start chasing the ultimate goals of pure freedom? It starts by taking the first little steps into cold water. Leaving your comfort zone and stepping out into the world full of unknown and exciting adventures. Quitting the 9 to 5 job and focusing on the epic journeys ahead. That’s where the feeling of freedom and happiness starts to evolve.
But it is different for every person. Everyone has another way to approach the challenge of becoming a completely free human being. Some people like to hang out and chill as much as they can. Some others do all different kind of sports. The next one tries it with Yoga or meditation. I don’t know if any of these approaches help. I certainly don’t think so. In my opinion, pure freedom and true happiness can only be reached by conquering the world, unconditionally chasing your biggest hopes and dreams. Experiencing moments, that last forever, making friends all over the world and trying out new food I have never tasted before.
For me, true happiness and freedom take over when I talk to complete strangers anywhere in the world about what makes their country so great. Seeing the smiling faces while they tell their stories about themselves and the place they call „home“. The feeling of freedom really overwhelms me when I see places only a few people see in their lives – like the lost temples Angkor Wat. Or, when I master a task while traveling, which only a small percentage of people is able to master – like climbing the never sleeping vulcanic giant in Indonesia called „Rinjani“. Moments like walking along the Killing Fields in Cambodia are the ones, that fulfill your heart with pride and humility, but also make you feel free in a way, which is hard to explain. Just being able to travel wherever I want, whenever I want.
But sometimes it’s not a certain moment, which fills your heart with happiness and the feeling of freedom. Sometimes it’s the people, that come out of nowhere, share their time with you and leave you speechless in the end. Just like this business lady in Mui Nè, that picked me up on the streets after I drove for 10 hours straight with my dodgy motorbike along the coastline of Vietnam and had no place to sleep, offering me a luxurious hotel room at the beach for free for 2 nights, integrating me into their family and treating me like I was one of them.
These are the people and stories, that make a difference in your life. They teach you to loose your negative point of view and prejudgements about other people, cultures, and countries. They are the ones, that bring you closer to where you want to be. They take us further to the point where we start to become conscious about our behavior and our thinking. Because ultimately, freedom is a state of mind and every single person is in charge of their own thoughts.
So, it is only up to ourselves to reach the state of ultimate freedom and happiness…
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About the Author
I am Christian "Volle" Vollmert, a german dude, who loves travelling and exciting adventures from bottom of his heart. I want to inspire other people to get out of their comfort zone and travel the world. Plus I really want to show how much personal development as a human being comes along with it!