Quila Charnock

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Thoughts and notes from my travels and everyday life. 

Going Out Your Door

"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to." - Bilbo Baggins

I feel like there's no better way to start off this blog than with the words of a courageous Hobbit. If you've ever met someone who's travelled by themselves at one point or another in their life, you would've heard the phrase "it's a life-changing experience". I know I've come across this far too many times to count. And although it is a wonderful sentiment, I much prefer these words of a traveler I met earlier this year: it's best not to expect anything (paraphrased a tad I'm sure).

Somewhere in the back of my mind is the desperate hope that I will have the 'time of my life' and I'll unlock something, discover somewhere, or find someone. But I don't want to set my expectations to these things, rather I just want to be pleasantly surprised if or when they do happen. The uncertainty is part of the journey. It's also what scares me the most.

I'm pushing myself well out of my comfort zone (and I'm probably well underprepared for it all), which is terrifying. And exhilarating. And much needed. Because it's fine living in your own personal bubble for a while, but what happens when you need a little more room to breathe? This solo travelling is something I honestly am quite scared of, but also feel compelled to do. And am I excited? Yeah, I believe I finally am.

It is a dangerous business, but I believe everyone should go out their door and step onto the road. Welcome to the start of my journey.

Quila Charnock