I am finding I make a home where ever I go. Even though my stay in Delphi, Greece was short, I felt like I had been there a lifetime. Delphi is such a quaint town with small shops to keep me occupied for hours. All of the store owners treated us with such kindness. The hospitality spilled over to a select number of travelers who did not fit in the hotel we were supposed to be housed in for the night. The upgrade to apartment suites did not hurt my feelings one bit. It was a beautiful and relaxing stay in Delphi.
Guided tours are sometimes a hit or miss on these trips. I want to enjoy them, but some tours are information overload. Not this one. The A+ tour award goes to Delphi and their preserved ruins. Our tour guide did an outstanding job drawing me in and holding my attention. We were invited to sit around on stones and listen to her tell a story. It felt as if we were transported back in time to the ancient days of Delphi.
One of her stories hit the topic of free will. Hearing of this subject from a Greek perspective and historical context made me feel enlightened. We have the great responsibility to take our life and catapult it to the highest level of success we are willing to chase. While the competition of early Greek days fell between neighbors and families, the race of our success should be contained within ourselves to challenge us further. Statues of those days were placed on the land I was standing on to show wealth and status, and the next person who came along would put a bigger and grander one next to it. A little healthy competition never hurt anyone, but then I wonder what the factor is that is fueling our passion without it. We have the free will to decide what kind of life we will have and the path we will take. No one can make those decisions for us. The passions of our heart will guide our way to build the future we are willing to work for in life.
As the saying goes, “Rome was not built in a day,” the same concept can be applied to the ruins of Delphi and my life. Spending that morning on the grounds of the ruins made me think about my life’s journey in a different way. Every time I get the chance to travel, the urge to book another trip grows even more. I used to think my future as just including my family and my career. Now, I am desperately trying to figure how I can incorporate meaningful travel into my future. Meaningful, you ask? Yes, meaningful travel. I do not want another vacation to say I was able to go someplace. To travel means to fully immerse yourself in the culture and collect experiences, rather than souvenirs. And that is the type of travel I am chasing.
The journey I take as I travel gives me hope and brings me joy. I leave a piece of my heart in every city I visit. And where ever the heart is, that is my home. My journey of free will and traveling the world is turning out to make a strand of my home in pieces.
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